Written by Arimi Sidek
SABAH need to tells Fed to scrap Jabatan Pembangunan Persekutuan Sabah or JPPS in no time. It is truly a misfit in state administration.
Timely simply isn't a word to describe it.
Not a single study even required doing this. Sabah doesn't need it in the first place. Sabahan don't need it in the past, now nor even in the future.
Fed budget shall be channeled out to state government, and let the state manage them at once. Parallel government is not necessary. At least this is what being practiced in other states.
As I said, no study required. No assessment necessary. I don't think there was a study of any kind ever-conducted prior to it existence back in early 1990s.
JPPS exists merely because Fed wanted to punish Sabahans because they let opposition in control of the state governance. And creating JPPS was easy. Fed simply sent a few government officers, let them find modest premise with some furnitures. Then, this department virtually in control of everything that concern Fed money in the state. Even Chief Minister need to consult JPPS from time to time!
It was punishment; make no mistake about it. This is similar to “wang ehsan” that suddenly emerged out of nowhere in Terengganu whenever Pas came into power.
If Fed thinks JPPS is still necessary, then it shall be expanded to Selangor, Kedah, Pulau Pinang and Perak from now on.
If Sabah state government feels JPPS is necessary, then it is truly a letdown to Sabahans.
JPPS staffs just a tiny drop in the ocean compare to the whole Sabahans. Just absorb them to any available Fed departments. Fed should be responsible for, as they created the whole mess.
JPPS is less than insignificance to Sabah. Being in Sabah, JPPS is equivalent of saying that Sabahans are morons, incapable to manage their own state.
And lastly, this is nothing to do with “anti orang malaya” thing, if there is such sentiment ever exist in Sabah. Far from it. It just about crap down the unwanted hog.