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SANDAKAN, Feb 17 -- An opposition MP here has urged the Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS)-led state government to involve all elected representatives, regardless of political affiliation, in the monthly District Action Council meetings, to better resolve issues faced by the people.
Sandakan MP Vivian Wong, from the DAP, said that the involvement of all elected representatives could impart ideas and opinions for more effective solutions to those problems.
“Since the change of state government last year, elected representatives from the opposition have been excluded from this important meeting.
“For the sake of the district (Sandakan), I sincerely hope that the state government would put politics aside and involve all elected representatives in the District Action Council meeting,” she said in a statement here today.
Wong said that the suggestion to include elected representatives from the opposition in the meetings was not meant to be misused as a platform to criticise the government of the day, but so that they could be allowed to exercise their role as the voice of the people in their respective constituency.
Under the Sandakan Municipal Council's authority, there are three Parliamentary constituencies – Sandakan and Batu Sapi with two state constituencies, and Libaran with three state constituencies.
In Libaran, two out of its three state constituencies are represented by GRS, while the others are under the opposition.