Sabah CM Accuses Bung Moktar of Living in an “Imaginary World”

Sabah CM Accuses Bung Moktar of Living in an “Imaginary World”

In a recent exchange of verbal blows, Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor has criticized former ally and Sabah Umno chief Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin, alleging that he is disconnected from the latest accomplishments of the administration.

Hajiji, the chairman of Gabungan Rakyat Sabah, launched a scathing attack on Bung Moktar, accusing the Kinabatangan MP of residing in a world of fantasy when discussing the achievements of his administration. “I believe Bung lives in an imaginary world and is outdated. He might be out of touch with the present realities and what we have done for the people,” stated Hajiji during a public event where he distributed incentives to health workers in Kota Kinabalu.

The tension between the two leaders escalated as Bung Moktar recently characterized the entire Gabungan Rakyat Sabah, particularly Hajiji, as “all talk but no action.” Bung Moktar criticized the leadership of the ruling Sabah alliance, alleging an excess of feel-good stories such as boasting about a surplus budget, increased investments, and other initiatives. He highlighted the persistent issues faced by the people of Sabah, including inadequate water supply, frequent power outages, and deteriorating road conditions.

Although Hajiji had previously announced several measures to address these problems, many remain in the planning phase. The rift between the two leaders intensified after Sabah Barisan Nasional (BN) withdrew its support for Hajiji during a political crisis in January last year. However, some Umno leaders defied the party’s decision and were subsequently either retained or appointed to the Sabah cabinet. This move allowed Hajiji to maintain his position, aided by the support of Umno leaders and the realignment of Sabah Pakatan Harapan with Gabungan Rakyat Sabah.

Since the onset of the crisis, Bung Moktar and Hajiji have been engaged in a fierce confrontation, showcasing the fragility of political alliances in Sabah.

(Source: The Vibes, April 4, 2024)

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