PBS FOR LOSS OF STATE VENTURES
Rabu 29 June 1998
PITAS: Bersekutu Acting President Datuk Harris Mohamad Salleh said it was most unfortunate that the various schemes and development programmes introduced by his previous Berjaya Government were abandoned or sold off by the PBS Government.
"If these programmes were continued, the people in the areas concerned will have been much better off today," he said.
Harris said if voted to power in the coming State elections, Bersekutu would formulate regional development plans to meet specific economic needs of the various areas to help the people and improve their living conditions.
Addressing party members and supporters at Kampung Kanibongan near here Sunday, Harris said it was necessary to create a permanent source of income for the people in order they could enjoy the same living standards of their counterparts in more advanced states in Peninsular Malaysia.
He pointed out that the people require a steady permanent vocation and the source of income to upgrade their living standards.
Uncertain work patterns fail to provide necessary skills and specialised knowledge needed for economic advancement and progress.
He assured that a Bersekutu Government would map out strategies and prepare plans for regional development of each district in Sabah, considering that the needs of each area are different.
For the Bengkoka region, the in-situ development of teakwood and oil palm smallholdings would provide the thrust to government efforts to improve the people's economic status, he said.
He was optimistic that the people had acquired sufficient experience and knowledge working in the Safoda and SLDB plantations to start developing their own land.
Harris believed that oil palm inter-cropped with teakwood could be successfully grown to development private smallholdings for the people.
A Bersekutu Government would develop the smallholdings on the people's own land and maintain them for at least three years before returning it to them, he said.
Under the scheme, the landowners would work on their own smallholdings under expert supervision and earn wages to sustain their families and themselves.
According to him, the in-situ development for the Bengkoka region would be similar to what had been planned for other areas to assist landowners who have been struggling to make a decent living.
The cost of development would be a loan which the farmers would be able to repay from the sales of high-value crops, he said.
In addition, the reafforestation
of the development of oil palm estates would be intensified in order to
create job opportunities and provided much needed financial security to
the people in the region, he added.
Haris is former Sabah Cheif Minister and Berjaya Party President Now he is acting President for Party Bersekutu