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Posted on : 16-09-2014 | By : sabah today | In : Greeting

PM Najib: No turning back for Sabah, Sarawak

Posted on : 16-09-2014 | By : sabah today | In : News

16 SEPTEMBER 2014
MIRI: There is no turning back for Sarawak and Sabah from its inclusion in Malaysia and the Federal Government will spare no efforts to defend the sovereignty of the two states.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, in his speech in conjunction with the national-level Malaysia Day celebration here last night, also issued a stern warning against those who try to threaten the security of the two states.
He said the nation, including Sarawak and Sabah, has come a long way since its establishment 51 years ago, which makes the issue of the east Malaysian states seceding from Malaysia irrelevant.
“There is no turning back. Together as the people of Malaysia, regardless if we are Sarawakians or Sabahans, there will be no turning back for us all.
“We will continue to defend the sovereignty of Sabah and Sarawak in Malaysia. And as a responsible prime minister, it is my duty to protect the nation from those threatening our security and sovereignty.
“We will take action against this unscrupulous lot because we live in a nation that loves harmony,” he said to thunderous applause from the 30,000-strong crowd which had thronged the Miri City Fan Complex here.
Joining the celebrations were Yang di-Pertua Negeri Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud, his wife Toh Puan Sri Ragad Kurdi, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, chief minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem and Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan, who represented Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman.
Also present were several cabinet ministers including Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Liow Tiong Lai, Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim, Ministers in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Abdul Wahid Omar and Datuk Wee Ka Siong, as well as Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Ali Hamsa.
Also in attendance were the prime minister’s wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor and Muhyiddin’s wife Puan Sri Nooraini Abdul Rahman.
Najib said the massive turnout at the grand event was proof that the people of East Malaysia did not regret the decision made by the two states to join the Malaysian Federation as one nation.
“I am happy to see the people in Sabah and Sarawak continuing to enjoy the 1,001 ‘rahmat’ (blessings) after the two states achieved its independence by joining Malaysia,” he said.
Najib also announced that from next year, the Aug 31 Merdeka celebrations would be commemorated without mentioning the anniversary year.
He said the decision was made to put an end to the debate on whether the country should celebrate its sovereignty on Aug 31 or Sept 16.
“However, I would like to stress that we will still celebrate September 16 as that was when Sabah and Sarawak joined Malaysia.
“’The Merdeka celebration is for us all, and August 31 is the date of the nation’s independence as announced by (the country’s first prime minister) Tunku Abdul Rahman (Putra Al-Haj),” he said.
(Source: New Straits Times)
16 SEPTEMBER 2014
MIRI: There is no turning back for Sarawak and Sabah from its inclusion in Malaysia and the Federal Government will spare no efforts to defend the sovereignty of the two states.

Only powerful, cohesive solidarity will ensure Malaysia’s continued success — Najib

Posted on : 16-09-2014 | By : sabah today | In : News

September 16, 2014
KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak stressed that only powerful and cohesive solidarity in the name of Malaysia will ensure continuity of stability, prosperity and wellbeing of the nation.
Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak
He said this was very important because there were irresponsible elements who wanted to see discord among the people.
“Certainly, as we celebrate an important event such as this (Malaysia Day), we should all strengthen our oneness with each other as Malaysians.
“Once again , we can celebrate Malaysia Day in peace and prosperity,” the prime minister said in his latest post on his blog www.1Malaysia.com.my in conjunction with the 51st Malaysia Day celebration today.
Najib said he will be present at Miri City Fan, Sarawak for the national-level Malaysia Day celebration today to join the thousands of people from all walks and backgrounds who will be there to show love and patriotism for the country.
The Malaysia Day celebration in Sarawak also uses the Merdeka Day (Independence Day) theme ‘Malaysia: Here, Where Love Begins’ as it is universal to all the people in Malaysia. — Bernama
(Source: The Borneo Post)
September 16, 2014
KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak stressed that only powerful and cohesive solidarity in the name of Malaysia will ensure continuity of stability, prosperity and wellbeing of the nation.

Sabah gets world-class DNA centre

Posted on : 13-09-2014 | By : sabah today | In : News

September 13, 2014
KOTA KINABALU: The Department of Chemistry Sabah branch now has its own world-class forensic DNA centre.
The facility was officially opened yesterday, making Sabah the fifth state in the country to have such a centre, after Johor, Penang, Sarawak and Selangor.
Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Ewon Ebin said the facility was highly needed to handle the growing number of cases in Sabah where DNA analysis was required.
He said the centre would help reduce the time and cost for related authorities, such as the police, in getting DNA analysis for evidence they used in prosecuting a suspect.
This in return may help speed up prosecution of criminal cases involving DNA evidences, he added.
“The centre will allow government departments as well as the public to get DNA analysis without having to send the sample to Kuching or Kuala Lumpur, like previously. This will reduce both the cost and time,” he said at the opening.
Based on the department’s record, the number of cases and samples referred to Kuching for DNA analysis had increased by 15 per cent on average from 2002 until last year.
In 2013, the centre in Kuching received 203 cases from Sabah, involving 1,612 DNA samples.
Speaking to reporters later, Ewon said the facility, which started operation in June, is fitted with world-class equipment and experts recognized by international bodies.
He noted that staff and experts from the centre were among those involved in identification process of the victims of MH17 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
“The centre also provides training courses for other countries, such as Singapore, Vietnam and a few others,” he said.
Apart from helping in solving criminal cases, he said the centre would also provide services to the public, including in determining kinship through DNA analysis.
While analysis for government agencies would be given for free, individuals will be charged RM1,500 per analysis.
The lab has 15 DNA experts and 61 supporting personnel and can comfortably handle 4,500 cases annually.
Also serving as a DNA database centre for the state, the lab has so far received 70 cases since starting operation about two months ago.
At the event, Ewon also launched the Malaysia Department of Chemistry SP1M pre-registration application, which allows customers to register their cases online without having to go the department’s counter.
(Source: The Borneo Post)
September 13, 2014
KOTA KINABALU: The Department of Chemistry Sabah branch now has its own world-class forensic DNA centre.

Sabah to attract up to RM5 billion in investments

Posted on : 12-09-2014 | By : sabah today | In : News

12th September, 2014
KUALA LUMPUR: Sabah aims to attract investments of up to RM5 billion in the manufacturing sector this year.
Several projects are in the pipeline, particularly in the petrochemicals and energy sector, and investments would come in gradually over the next few years.
Sabah Deputy Chief Minister cum Minister of Industrial Development Datuk Raymond Tan Shu Kiah said among the projects are Petronas’ second Ammonia and Urea plant in Sabah worth RM3 billion, Genting Group’s alternative fuel plants (RM1.3 billion to RM1.7 billion), a downstream urea plant by a Poland-based company (RM2 billion), Mewah Datu Sdn Bhd’s palm oil refinery plant (RM1 billion to RM2 billion) and a bioethanol plant by a local company (RM1 billion to RM2 billion).
“I’m hoping (the agreements for) all of them (investments) will be signed by end of this year…but most of them are ready to be signed,” he told reporters after delivering a keynote address at the Sabah Investment Seminar here yesterday.
Tan said the state was aggressively promoting green technology in the manufacturing sector, as well as, value-added oil and gas resources into chemical products.
(Source: New Sabah Times)
12th September, 2014
KUALA LUMPUR: Sabah aims to attract investments of up to RM5 billion in the manufacturing sector this year.
Several projects are in the pipeline, particularly in the petrochemicals and energy sector, and investments would come in gradually over the next few years.

RMK11 vital phase of devt, says Musa

Posted on : 12-09-2014 | By : sabah today | In : News

12th September, 2014
KOTA KINABALU: The 11th Malaysia Plan (RMK11) is an important phase of development as it is the last five-year plan towards vision 2020.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Haji Aman said the Sabah State government has adopted the RMK11 framework encompassing six main thrusts laid out by the Federal Economic Planning Unit in preparing for the State-level RMK11.
“At the State-level, the preparation of the strategy papers were very inclusive whereby all public and private stakeholders in the State were consulted and were in preparation process,” he said.
Musa who is also Finance Minister said this during a dialogue with a delegation led by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Dato’ Sri Abdul Wahid Omar on the preparation planning of RMK11 at Wisma Innoprise here yesterday.
He also said there were still many areas for improvement as well as development challenges faced by the State.
“A lot still needs to be done to improve connectivity, logistics and infrastructure,” he said.
The Chief Minister added that more funding was needed for good road networks, water and electricity supply as well as better broadband penetration throughout Sabah.
“Public transportation system must be stepped up to ease the traffic congestion which is now a serious issue,” he said.
And, he also stressed that greater attention must be given to improving education, healthcare, housing, State security, food security and sustainable management of natural resources.
Among those present were State Cabinet ministers, central planning agencies and key Sstate departments.
(Source: New Sabah Times)
12th September, 2014
KOTA KINABALU: The 11th Malaysia Plan (RMK11) is an important phase of development as it is the last five-year plan towards vision 2020.

Federal govt allocates RM1.8 bln for power projects

Posted on : 11-09-2014 | By : sabah today | In : News

September 11, 2014
KOTA KINABALU: The Federal government has agreed to allocate RM1.812 billion in grants to implement critical electric power transmission projects in the state.
File photo shows power lines in Sabah. The recent upgrade of transmission grids linking Kota Kinabalu and Kudat and the eastern Sabah grid has helped alleviate the transmission issue. — Bernama photo
Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman said the projects include the Southern Transmission Link and others for the 2014-2016 period to complete the transmission network in Sabah and to enable state-owned power producer Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB) to import power from Sarawak in the future.
Musa, who is also state Finance Minister, said the government has also allocated RM230.6 million for the 2013-2014 period to finance projects aimed at improving the System Average Interruption Duration Index (SAIDI) throughout Sabah.
“Therefore, assistance is still needed from the Federal government to help SESB carry out new infrastructure projects including the Southern Link Transmission Line,” he said in his keynote address at the Seminar on Sustainable Green Energy for a Greener Sabah organised by the Institute for Development Studies (Sabah) here yesterday.
The speech was read by Sabah Industrial Development Assistant Minister Datuk Bolkiah Ismail.
Musa also said the recent upgrade of transmission grids linking Kota Kinabalu and Kudat and the eastern Sabah grid has helped alleviate the transmission issue.
In addition, he said, a number of power plants will be coming on-stream, and the policy of diversifying away from diesel plants will assist the overall electricity supply.
“The completion of the Kimanis and SPR Energy power projects for example are expected to stabilise power generation.
Both are gas-fired combined-cycle power plants, a more efficient and cleaner solution compared to Medium Fuel Oil (MFO) and diesel-based power generation methods.
“The Kimanis and SPR power projects are expected to generate a total of 385 Megawatts, further increasing the state’s total generating capacity to about 1,400 Megawatts,” he said.
Musa added he hoped to see more contribution from the private sector in this industry in view of the state’s abundant natural resources that can be turned into renewable energy. — Bernama
(Source: The Borneo Post)
September 11, 2014
KOTA KINABALU: The Federal government has agreed to allocate RM1.812 billion in grants to implement critical electric power transmission projects in the state.

GST to help make economy strong, competitive — Najib

Posted on : 11-09-2014 | By : sabah today | In : News

September 11, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR: The introduction of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) will not only help make the conomy strong and competitive, it will also reform the tax system to make it more transparent and efficient, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

PM applauds those involved in raising country’s competitiveness ranking

Posted on : 03-09-2014 | By : sabah today | In : News

3 SEPTEMBER 2014
 
KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today expressed his appreciation for those who took various measures to improve Malaysia’s global competitiveness ranking.

“Alhamdullilah (Praise be to God), we are the 20th most competitive economy!

Sabahans given priority for state civil service jobs — PSC

Posted on : 03-09-2014 | By : sabah today | In : News

September 3, 2014

KOTA KINABALU: Sabahan applicants will be given priority for jobs in the civil service that are located in Sabah.

According to the Public Service Commission (PSC) secretary Datuk Ramli Juhari in his speech and later, during an interview with media members at a ceremony where he presented appointment letters to 79 successful job applicants for civil service jobs near here yesterday, Sabahans will be given the first priority to fill up vacant positions within the state.

Four main objectives in developing higher education: PM

Posted on : 02-09-2014 | By : sabah today | In : News

2 September 2014
PUTRAJAYA: Datuk Seri Najib Razak today said the four main objectives in developing higher education, among other things, were to create a centre to generate knowledge and manpower that can carry and fulfill the country’s vision.

PM OUTLINES THREE MERDEKA MESSAGES

Posted on : 01-09-2014 | By : sabah today | In : News

1st September, 2014
KUALA LUMPUR: Leaving behind a prosperous and peaceful Malaysia for future generations was among the three Merdeka points outlined by Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak for the continuity of the nation to be competitive on the international arena.
The Prime Minister outlines:
First Merdeka Message: Strengthen the solidarity of Malaysians, including unity in grief, in the face of challenges and tests.
Second Merdeka Message: Cultivate confidence that we can achieve any ambitions as a nation if there is unity.
Third Merdeka Message: Leaving behind a prosperous and peaceful Malaysia.
In his speech at the 57th National Day celebrations at the Dewan Tunku Abdul Rahman in the Malaysian Tourism Centre (MATIC) here, he said solidarity among the people who united in grief, for instance, was witnessed during the ceremony to honour the victims of the MH17 tragedy, which was the highest honour never before accorded to civilians.
This was the first time Najib gave his National Day message live in front of an audience unlike in previous years, and it was telecast directly by radio and television stations.
Najib, elaborating the first Merdeka message, said people throughout the country observed a simultaneous minute of silence as a mark of solidarity and spirit of unity in building a nation, 1Malaysia.
“The point is, ladies and gentlemen, we showed our unity during the Day of Mourning throughout the nation, and we will continue this spirit of unity during good times as well as bad, for always,” he said.
In elaborating the second message on fostering the confidence of the people, he said everyone would have a bright future if the people had strong ideas and lived in harmony to achieve a noble objective.
Najib said his administration would continue making the best decisions for the Malaysian people based on the needs, demands and capabilities of the government.
On the third message which is to leave behind a prosperous and peaceful Malaysia, he said: “Whatever the challenges, whatever the tests, we will continue marching ahead, building a peaceful Malaysia for our children’s future.”
Najib then urged the people to work together towards success for the benefit of future generations.
The location where Najib delivered his address had been specially selected as it had historical significance since it was the location for the first Parliamentary sitting in 1959 as well as the place where three installations of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong were held.
Najib also touched on the efforts of the opposition to divide the people during the times when his administration had a heavy responsibility and had to prioritise the welfare of the people.
“Whatever the opposition did and whatever accusations they made, our agenda to look out for the people will be maintained,” he said.
He also criticised certain parties who questioned the government’s recognition given to the security forces.
“What the government wants to clarify is, don’t compare the particular honours that are accorded to the MH17 tragedy victims and why no such appropriate honours were given to the fallen security personnel in the Lahad Datu incident,” he said.
Najib said such incitements are full of bad intentions.
“Once again, I reiterate that the contribution of our country’s warriors will always be held in high esteem and accorded an important place for their sacrifices to the nation.” he said.
Touching on the Malaysia Airlines (MAS) Recovery Plan, Najib urged the people to give it their support.
The fact was, he said, the country needed a competitive and powerful airline company by being viable and taking a commercial resolution without sacrificing the welfare of its workers.
He said the country succeeded in moving forward with a thousand twists and changes.
“Throughout that period, the face of independence has intrinsically spread out and if we view it from all aspects, including the heart, soul and spirit of Merdeka, it celebrates pluralism,” he said.
The event was organised by the Communication & Multimedia Ministry with the cooperation of the Malaysian National News Agency (Bernama).
(Source: New Sabah Times)
1st September, 2014
KUALA LUMPUR: Leaving behind a prosperous and peaceful Malaysia for future generations was among the three Merdeka points outlined by Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak for the continuity of the nation to be competitive on the international arena.

A united show of patriotism

Posted on : 01-09-2014 | By : sabah today | In : News

1 September 2014

KUALA LUMPUR: MALAYSIANS demonstrated their unwavering patriotism and loyalty as the nation came together to celebrate the country’s 57th Merdeka Day yesterday.

The turnouts were huge, with Dataran Merdeka here attracting more than 100,000 people, who turned up in droves to witness the National Day parade.

Malaysians show strong patriotism at 57th Merdeka celebration

Posted on : 01-09-2014 | By : sabah today | In : News

September 1, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysians from all walks of life recovered from the Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH17 tragedy when they demonstrated strong patriotic spirit to celebrate the 57th anniversary of the country’s independence at the Dataran Merdeka.

SelamaT Menyambut Hari Kemerdekaan!

Posted on : 31-08-2014 | By : sabah today | In : Greeting