Kota Marudu Member of Parliament

New Year Visit Brings Cheer To Hospital Patients

KOTA MARUDU (Jan 2, 2014): Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Dr. Maximus Ongkili greeted the New Year with a visit to Hospital Lotong in Kota Marudu on Wednesday.

As in previous years, his visit was to wish a Happy New Year to the patients being treated there and bring them some festive cheer by handing out hampers filled with goodies.

A total of 100 patients including new and expectant mothers at the maternity ward and young patients received the goodies. Dr. Maximus, who is also Kota Marudu MP, also spent some time chatting with the children who were being treated for Thalassemia.

Later in his New Year message at a gathering with Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) Tandek and Matunggong division members, Dr. Maximus who is party deputy president called on the party leaders to strengthen their respective divisions in order to expand as well as maintain their support base.

He told the leaders to go all out to recapture the state seats lost in the last election and win back the hearts of the people, including through recruitment drives among the young people and more activities with grassroot communities.

Sabah, he said, still faced a lot of challenges including to catch up with other states in terms of development.

However, the new year brings with it a lot of promises and hope as the government undertakes various measures to ensure Malaysia remains competitive and resilient, while providing the necessary assistance for the lower income group to face rising costs.

Politically, he said the present climate and public sentiment require better practice of power sharing among the Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties, especially in Sabah.

“Moreover, the opposition parties are actively going into the interior areas to win the hearts of the rural folks and trying to convince them that the BN component parties are only playing second fiddle to the dominant ruling party.

“They are telling the people that we have failed to secure business opportunities, political appointments, promotion in the civil service and employment for them, and urging the people to abandon BN.

“If the trend continues, the result of the last general election may be repeated or the outcome gets even worse for BN. GE13 should serve as a reminder to us that we must have equality and fairness within BN itself in order to continue attracting people to our brand of politics and our struggle,” he said.

Dr. Maximus is confident that the practice of real power sharing would make the coalition stronger and gain more public confidence and trust, as well as regain lost support.

“This is because our struggle for the people is always relevant, sincere and inclusive as the government focuses on bringing the nation towards develop status by 2020,” he said.