No problem to discuss a special motion


Datuk Seri Panglima Hajiji Noor – Bernama photo

KOTA KINABALU: The state government has no qualms about discussing issues such as the special motion to enact a new health law proposed by two opposition MPs if it is in the interest of the people from Sabah.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Hajiji Noor, however, said it was up to the Speaker of the State Assembly to accept the special motion.

When asked if the state government would support the motion, Hajiji, chairman of Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS), said, “We will consider what is best for Sabah. We have no problem discussing and implementing what is necessary and good for the Sabah rakyat.

Hajiji said so when he met after launching the Skybridge here on Friday.

He was invited to comment on the special motion submitted by Assembly Member Kadamaian Datuk Ewon Benedict and his Luyang counterpart Ginger Phoong for the State Assembly to discuss the enactment of a new prevention law. and disease control. They say this would pave the way for the government of Sabah to be empowered to make key decisions to support the state’s healthcare system amid the Covid-19 pandemic without relying heavily on the federal government. .

“This is also in keeping with the spirit of the 1963 Malaysia Agreement (MA63) as equal partners in the Federation of Malaysia.”

Meanwhile, Hajiji said he would meet with the new health minister, Khairy Jamaluddin, who is due to travel to Sabah next Monday. Hospital congestion due to the high number of Covid-19 patients compared to available beds is among the priority topics on the agenda.

On the suggestion that the government consider using the field hospital, the chief minister said the facilities belonged to the military and the state government welcomes any help from them.

Regarding the current flood situation due to heavy downpours in various districts, Hajiji said that all district disaster management committees headed by the respective district officers have been activated to deal with the situation.

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