Keningau: Parti Keadilan Rakyat Vice-President Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan (pic) urged the electorate in Sabah to make a brave decision by voting for all PKR candidates to "stop the rot in Sabah."
Jeffrey who is contesting the State seat of Bingkor and Parliamentary seat of Keningau told a gathering of more than 1,000 people that they must reject BN leaders for turning Sabah into the poorest State despite being rich in natural resources.
He said by allowing the prices of petrol and essential goods to go up, the government had caused suffering among the people.
"Sabahans must reject all BN candidates for creating a mess in Sabah, for making the natives even more poorer by driving them out of the land they have been occupying for generations and for allowing foreigners into the country without travel documents," he said.
In responding to Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman's comments that the PKR's promises in its manifesto are unrealistic and absurd, Jeffery said it is not difficult to reduce the prices of essential goods in Sabah.
He pointed out that the root of the problem is the withdrawal of the subsidy on petrol.
Jeffery said a PKR Federal Government will use part of the huge profit of Petronas estimated to be between RM65 billion and RM100 billion due to the current high price oil in the international market.
"Why can't the Government ask Petronas to use RM10 billion a year to subsidise petroleum to help all Malaysians reduce costs in doing their business and also to help the poor alleviate their daily financial hardship instead of keeping the money.
"In this way, the country will be more attractive to foreign investors, thus creating more job opportunities for Malaysians," he added.
Jeffery said the government effected the withdrawal of the subsidy on petrol throughout Malaysia with a promise to use the money saved to improve roads in the rural areas of Sabah and Sarawak but like other promises, this was not fulfilled.
Jeffery claimed the PKR was contesting 55 seats because it realised that the people genuinely wanted to change the State Government.