International community in awe of PM’s handling of MH17 tragedy

Posted on : 25-07-2014 | By : sabah today | In : Uncategorized

July 25, 2014
PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has taken a risk that no European leaders would but this has earned him the international community’s admiration for his handling of the MH17 tragedy, says The Wall Street Journal.
In an article, it wrote that the Prime Minister took the risk, which was to send officials into a war zone to meet armed rebels whose government almost no one recognised.
“While European governments wrestled with how to get to the site without legitimising the rebels or risking security, Najib put aside diplomatic protocol and safety fears and sent his team,” it said.
The article quoted a source close to the Prime Minister’s Office as saying that what was key to Najib was the outcome of the move.
This resulted in the retrieval of bodies and black boxes from the separatist leaders at Donetsk.
“He was looking at people who controlled an area of land. And on that land was our plane, our bodies, our black boxes,” the source said.
The article said the success delivered a political victory for Najib’s government that was still reeling from missteps after the disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines plane in March with 239 passengers on board.
“But it also handed a gift to the rebels in the form of an accord, signed by the top Malaysian official present in Donetsk, calling the crash site ‘the territory of the Donetsk People’s Republic’,” it added.
The recognition, said the newspaper, could antagonise Kiev and Washington, which strove to not give any credibility to the rebels whose main leaders were Russians.
However, people close to Najib’s office said the dealings did not amount to recognition.
The article also said that Najib steered clear of joining many Western leaders in blaming the rebels for downing the airliner and preserved Malaysia’s traditional stance of not taking sides among the United States, Russia and China.
“Instead, he quietly began looking for a back channel to speak with the insurgents,” it said.
Najib, known as a calm and pragmatic mediator, managed to reach out to rebel leader Alexander Borodai, through an unidentified intermediary.
“Najib’s intervention resolved a diplomatically awkward situation, enabling the bodies to be retrieved and an investigation to be initiated,” it said.
(Source: The Star)
July 25, 2014
PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has taken a risk that no European leaders would but this has earned him the international community’s admiration for his handling of the MH17 tragedy, says The Wall Street Journal.

KKIP’s success story, future plans

Posted on : 25-07-2014 | By : sabah today | In : Uncategorized

THE Kota Kinabalu Industrial Park, (KKIP) did not happen overnight, and its journey was not exactly a bed of roses.
Two decades ago, the 8,325 acres of land, where KKIP now stands was just a piece of jungle.
Today, about 4,005 acres of its Phase 1 had already developed, in progress, or yet to be developed, whilst the balance of 4,320 acres for Phase 2 is waiting to be gazetted.
It had to go through winding roads, luring investors to start their businesses, but today, the self-contained industrial integrated township can now be proud with its achievement of having over RM2.5 billion worth of investments in manufacturing, most of it involving small-and-medium enterprises (SMEs).
It is safe to say that KKIP is a paradise for the SMEs, especially since it is located near the Sepanggar Bay Container Port, which, if translated into business terms, saves transportation costs.
The backbone behind KKIP’s success is its chief executive officer (CEO) Dr Tarsiah T Z Taman, who recently spared some time to share the ‘bitter-sweet- story’ with The Borneo Post.
“When we started KKIP in 1995, it was in a critical condition. One, being that not all of the land belonged to the government. In fact about 80 per cent of the land belonged to individual owners.
“We had to convince land owners back then that these lands needed to be developed. We explained to them that we were not just acquiring the land for the sake of making money, but to develop an industrial park that would be one of the state’s industrial icons. I was the KKIP Sales and Marketing manager at the time.
“After gaining the land owners’ understanding and trust, we proceeded with the first stage of developing the industrial park. But, unfortunately, our biggest challenge then was infrastructure,” said Tarsiah.
She explained that 20 years ago, the stretches at the Sepanggar area was still gravelled, and to make things worse, KKIP’s development was at a critical condition as KKIP Sdn Bhd did not have any grant from either the state or federal governments.
It was at a stage where the company had to borrow money to develop infrastructure facilities, such as roads and electricity supply.
“When we passed that challenge, we had another problem, and that was to market KKIP as an industrial park.
“We started promoting the first cluster that we wanted to develop. It was the Free Economic Zone (FEZ), but that had since been shut down due to the lack of positive response from foreign investors.
“After marketing the FEZ in China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan, only one company from Taiwan signed up, but after three years, they had to stop due to the lack of manpower because our locals were just not interested to work in factories at the time,” she said.
Realising the problem in securing Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) due to the shortage of manpower, KKIP had to re-structure its approach and replaced FEZ with general investments.
After seeing the potential, the state government showed interest and was willing to subsidize and offer rebates to the purchasing processes.
“Back then we were selling as low as RM5 per sq ft. Then it went up to RM7 and RM9. Today,the figure had gone up to between RM28 and RM30, while secondary sales by private owners are being transacted up to RM40 per sq ft,” she said.
For the last 10 years, KKIP has had loans from the federal government and Bank Pembangunan to develop the industrial park.
“It was almost impossible for us to cover our expenses back then, but thanks to the loan and support, we were able to run the business smoothly, and better still, we are now able to pay our debts.”
Today, after facing all the challenges, and after developing various industries in KKIP, they are keen to be part of the industrial development by encouraging SMEs to go beyond Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, snd the Philippines – the East Asia Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) region.
“I am positive that we in KKIP have a role to play to encourage our investors to be part of the force in transforming these small players into multinational companies. But based on our experience, there will always be challenges for us in every stage of our struggle.
“Sadly, most of our SMEs have no passion to go beyond. To them their target is just within this region because they believe the BIMP-EAGA market is beyond their reach,” added Tarsiah, expressing her wish to bring the SMEs in Sabah to greater heights.
It was a passion she kept even from her university years.
Tarsiah remembered that when she did her PhD, her thesis was on the challenges of developing industries.
“I was passionate about the issue and I would like to see our SMEs grow and be at par with the other big companies. They must realise that these successful companies had a humble beginning, and it is not impossible to achieve,” she said.
Giving the C&F Enterprise Sdn Bhd and Hock Min Coffee Factory as examples of food and beverages companies in KKIP, she said they have been operating at KKIP and have successfully marketed their products internationally.
She said KKIP wanted to work closely with the other government-linked-companies (GLCs), and was now aiming high, and that is to expand their business at the Sipitang Oil and Gas Industrial Park (SOGIP).
“We believe SOGIP will be another perfect place for us to expand, and getting oil and gas investors at SME level is coming in.
“KKIP has a good track record, and we are confident in developing other industrial parks based on the success we have achieved at KKIP,” she said, adding another KKIP achievements was its success story in becoming a Research and Development (R&D) and training institution hub.
Having 15 R&D and training institutions operating at KKIP, Tarsiah said it was one of the industrial park’s pride and joy.
As an industrial integrated township, KKIP is not only open for factories but also R&D and training institutions, commercial lots, residential units, schools, tourism spots and recreational facilities.
As of July, a total of 219 factories are operating at KKIP, creating jobs for 7,049 people from its factories (5,611), R&D and institutions (1,114), commercial (176) and utilities (148).
Expecting over RM500 million worth of investment this year, KKIP, which is located about 22km northeast of Kota Kinabalu, is looking forward to achieve its 2020 vision.
KKIP, which is divided into clusters, namely wood-based, food, metal, rubber and plastic, logistic, warehousing, electronic and electrical, automotive, ceramic and other industries hopes that in the next six years, it will house 1,722 factories operating and offering 24,000 job opportunities.
(Source: The Borneo Post)
July 25, 2014
THE Kota Kinabalu Industrial Park, (KKIP) did not happen overnight, and its journey was not exactly a bed of roses.

Coup for Najib over deal to secure black boxes and remains

Posted on : 23-07-2014 | By : sabah today | In : News

July 23, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR: It was a coup for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak when he announced early today, that Malaysia had secured agreement for the release of the victims’ bodies and blackboxes on Malaysia Airlines (MAS) Flight MH17, as well as for international investigators to have access to the crash site in Grabove in eastern Ukraine.

Raymond praises PM for manner in dealing with MH17

Posted on : 23-07-2014 | By : sabah today | In : News

July 23, 2014

KOTA KINABALU:  Deputy Chief Minister, Datuk Raymond Tan Shu Kiah (pictured) has praised Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak for the manner in which he dealt with the Malaysia Airlines MH17 tragedy.

MH17: Anwar applauds Govt’s handling of tragedy

Posted on : 23-07-2014 | By : sabah today | In : News

July 23, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR: Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has congratulated and thanked the Government for its handling of the Malaysia Airlines MH17 tragedy.

The Permatang Pauh MP also called for those responsible for the downing of the plane to be brought to the International Criminal Court (ICC).


Posted on : 20-07-2014 | By : sabah today | In : News

20th July, 2014
KOTA KINABALU: A dusk to dawn curfew has been declared in the east coast effective yesterday.

The area of the curfew – from 6pm till 6am – involved the sea about three nautical miles from the coast off Tanjung Punduras in Sandakan, Kinabatangan, Lahad Datu, Kunak, Semporna and Tawau (Jeti Tawau).

GLICs, GLCs to provide RM7 bln business opportunities

Posted on : 18-07-2014 | By : sabah today | In : News

July 18, 2014

PUTRAJAYA: Government-Linked Companies (GLCs) and Government-Linked Investment Companies (GLICs) are expected to generate RM7 billion in business opportunities this year based on their key performance indicators (KPIs), Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said.

All exports zero-rated under GST regime

Posted on : 17-07-2014 | By : sabah today | In : News

17th July, 2014
KUALA LUMPUR: To make the export sector in Malaysia more competitive, the government has to zero-rate all supplies of goods and international services exported from Malaysia under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) to be implemented next year.

The zero-rated supplies mean that no GST would be collected as businesses are eligible to claim input tax credit in acquiring supplies, according to the GST industry guide on manufacturing by the Royal Malaysian Customs Department.

No plan to build LNG plant, says Musa

Posted on : 17-07-2014 | By : sabah today | In : News

July 17, 2014

Kota Kinabalu: The State Government has no plan to build a LNG plant in Sabah as it is impractical and involves a huge amount of money.


Posted on : 17-07-2014 | By : sabah today | In : News

17th July, 2014

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah received a total of RM25.852 billion in allocation through the federal development budget from 2008 till last year.

Sabah still has pockets of poverty: EPU

Posted on : 15-07-2014 | By : sabah today | In : News

July 15, 2014

Kota Kinabalu: Sabah may have overcome its poverty to a certain level but it remains an issue that needs to be addressed as pockets of poverty still exist in the State.

Assembly okays additional RM420.7 mil

Posted on : 15-07-2014 | By : sabah today | In : News

15th July, 2014
KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah Legislative Assembly Sitting yesterday approved the First Supplementary Supply Bill of 2014 amounting RM420,659,388 to facilitate the administration of the state government.

New measures to boost Sabah’s participation in O&G industry – CM

Posted on : 13-07-2014 | By : sabah today | In : News

July 13, 2014
KOTA KINABALU: Sabah and Petronas are seeking closer collaboration to develop new approaches to ensure the state could gain higher revenues from the oil and gas extracted from its soil.

Oil royalty issue discussed directly – PM

Posted on : 13-07-2014 | By : sabah today | In : News

July 13, 2014

KOTA KINABALU: The Federal Government is serious in looking into the demands from Sabah related to its oil royalty and would consider all viable measures that can be implemented without negatively affecting the state’s oil and gas industry, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said.


Posted on : 13-07-2014 | By : sabah today | In : News

13th July, 2014
KOTA KINABALU: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Haji Aman has on numerous occasions raised the issue of oil royalties with the federal government.

“I can confirm that Musa had always asked how Sabah can benefit more from its oil and gas industry during our meetings.