Sabah was labeled as a slowly develop states in Malaysia and what say you about this statement? For me I think it is true and there is no doubt about this statement. I have been working for almost 12 years now and most of it I was working in the big city such as Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur and Johore Bahru. For me to compare the development of Kota Kinabalu and Kuala Lumpur was unimaginable and off course the differences was really significant. How about the interior place in Sabah? I have been traveling in the interior place in Johor last year and the development was far more better than rural area in Sabah. Couple years ago, my jobs was travelling into the rural area in Sabah for the purpose of giving information about one of the famous private college in Kota Kinabalu. I was in sad mood when I look at the living environment in the rural area. I have been travelling to Kudat, Kota Marudu and Pitas rural area. I also have travel to Tenom, Pengsiangan, Nabawan and Sook rural area where there was no electricity and the condition of the roads were totally extreme.
When my ex-boss invited me to join SIB Skyline and Rotary Club Likas to do the social work, I don't even think twice and willingly to do anything for this NGOs. My first experience was to do a social work at Timbua for SIB Skyline. Our jobs was to give free motivational talk and ICT course at Timbua Secondary School. After we done our job there we went to the village where it took about 45 minutes from Pekan Timbua where the road during that time was really bad. I think it was in early 2007. I'm really proud for the Social Job that I have done. Since I was surround by a lot of workload I left this NGOs in 2008 but I still got connection with this social group. I have also join the Rotary Club Likas for doing social work in 2010. The NGOs activity bring me to Keningau, Sook, Nabawan, Tenom, Pensiangan, Sipitang, Beaufort and Lawas ( Sarawak ). There I have witness and see with my own eyes the living environment inside this rural area. the town area was equipped with public facilities but in the rural area was really unsightly.
The road condition was really bad, no bridge and telephone connection was unavailable. If compare with kampung area in Johor, Pahang, Selangor, Negeri Sembilan and Melaka where I use to visit it, Sabah rural area was really left far behind in-term of public facilities. The rural area in Peninsular Malaysia was equipped with wireless connection but in rural area in Sabah, there were equipped with wild animals....huh what the hack... I'm a little bit frusted when I went to Kg Naradan Ranau where it was labeled as P2 or Pendalaman 2 where there was no electricity, bad roads, no government water, no bridge and no telephone connection. I have to stay in this village for five years before I can move to other school. I have to follow order and I willing to do my responsibility as a teacher there. I don't mine to be sent to rural area but I just want to amend why this area were left behind without better public facilities. This village was not far from Ranau town. I hope that the local authority can do something in providing better roads and especially the bridge at Kepuakon River. What a citizen hope need to be full fill by the so-called YB incharge for this area without looking at the political background, races and religion. It was sad to live in a "NIPAH House" in the 21st century when the western people were planning to build low cost housing on the moon and Mars. We as Sabahan at least need this three basic facilities such as roads, waters and electricity. Hopefully what the people of Sabah want will be full fill soon.
Written By: Harry George
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