KOTA KINABALU: Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) president Maximus Ongkili today told the federal and Sabah governments to start working and fulfil their promises instead of playing the blame game.
He said that seven months after the change of government, the people could hardly see positive changes in the "new Malaysia", contrary to the promises in the Pakatan Harapan (PH) and Warisan election manifestos.
"Leaders from the current ruling governments keep blaming the Barisan Nasional administration for poor governance, yet the so-called 'new Malaysia' has remained the same.
"It's as if these leaders are just good at pointing fingers. It's time to walk their talk, so Malaysia can progress," he said in a statement here today.
Ongkili claimed the country's economic growth had slowed down and affected the people's wellbeing.
"In Sabah, for instance, the poor economic situation is felt in many major towns, with high-end restaurants feeling the pinch the most because of fewer customers.
"People prefer normal eateries and complain that food and beverages are becoming too expensive.
"People are not spending, business volume is low, and the purchasing and selling power is poor.
"There have been no new investments and even tourist arrivals have gone down. And the recent kidnapping attempts in the east coast of Sabah do not paint a good picture for our travel sector," he said.
Ongkili said the federal and state governments must beef up their efforts to ensure the people do not suffer any longer.
"PBS desires a better Malaysia on all fronts, be it the economy, administration, security, unity and prosperity, espoused in the goals and promises by the PH and Warisan-led governments.
"But, unfortunately, they have not shown anything for us to be grateful for since coming to power last May," he said.
He said PBS was mainly concerned over five issues – the promises as stipulated in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63), the large presence of illegal immigrants, better security, improved economy, and wellbeing of the people.
"Our stand is clear, we will support the government's work that benefits the people, but will be very critical if it is the opposite.
" Whatever they do today will be vetted and judged by the people.
"PBS is committed to fight for the rights of Sabahans as contained in MA63, be a voice against injustices and the intrusion of foreigners, and defend the dignity and basic needs of the people," he said.