Lim Guan Eng: We will fight for Sabah

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GEORGE TOWN (Dec 16, 2012)  –  The DAP plans to abolish the cabotage policy in Sabah and Sarawak if Pakatan Rakyat (PR) takes over the federal government in the next general election.

The policy has been blamed for the higher prices for goods in both states as it requires goods to be shipped domestically using only local vessels.

The 1980s policy has been fingered by the opposition and civil society as a huge factor for the price disparity between the peninsula and the two states leading to dissatisfaction among those staying there.

DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said the PR promised to abolish the policy in an effort to normalise prices across the board.

He also scoffed at Barisan Nasional ((BN) sympathisers of the policy, saying any government should be knowledgeable enough to find other sources of income if one source was lost.

“The prices (of goods) must be the same otherwise that means the rights of the people are not the same,” he said. The assertion comes after Sabah delegate Libra Kideng proposed the move when debating the resolutions on Saturday.

On suggestions that members of the Central Executive Committee should be increased to reflect the growing membership numbers, Lim said the proposal will be taken into consideration.  –  The Sun Daily