Neelofa among 10 new ambassadors for TN50

Posted on : 22-05-2017 | By : sabah today | In : National

KUALA LUMPUR— Ten new faces, including famous celebrity Noor Neelofa Mohd Noor, have been appointed as the second batch of ambassadors for the National Transformation 2050 (TN50).

The appointment was announced by Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin who also expressed hope that these new ambassadors would encourage more involvement from the youths to be part of TN50.

“TN50 is not a governments propaganda, but it is the aspiration of the people. With the new line up, we hoped that the message will reach the people, especially the youths,” he told a press conference here.

According to Khairy, 700,000 youths have been reached through various programmes and engagement and more than 30,000 hopes and aspirations have been gathered.

The nine other newly-appointed TN50 ambassadors Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah deputy president Arthur Joseph Kurup, musician Gabriel Fairuz Louis, Fatwa expert Datuk Izhar Afiff, ABIM executive officer Jufitri Joha, JuaraGym founder Ben Uzair, fine arts artist Anniketyni Madian, entrepreneurs Juliana Lim and Esther Michael, and marine activist Nadhirah Mohd Rifai.

Neelofa, during the press conference, thanked Khairy for the appointment and said she was positive that she could help in promoting TN50 to her followers, especially through the social media.

“I will work hard to reach out to the youths especially and help create a better Malaysia in the future,” said the celebrity who has 4.7 million followers on Instagram alone.

During the press conference, Khairy said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak was expected to launch “TN50 — Circle of the Future” on May 26 where the collected feedback would be discussed and chosen by specialists in making it as the national aspiration.

TN50 is an initiative to plan for the future of Malaysia in the period 2020 to 2050 launched by Najib early this year.

SOURCE— BERNAMA

Jack Ma now China’s riches man as fortune rises to US$30.9bln

Posted on : 17-05-2017 | By : sabah today | In : National

PETALING JAYA: Alibaba Group chairman Jack Ma has overtaken Wanda Group boss Wang Jianlin as China’s richest man, according to latest estimates.

According to a May 14 report by Forbes, Ma’s fortune was worth US$30.9bil (RM133.75bil) while Wang, whose wealth mainly comes from real estate and the entertainment industry, lags slightly behind at US$30.7bil (RM132.85bil).

Forbes attributed Ma’s rise in fortune to a more than one-third rise in Alibaba’s share price so far this year amid growing profits.

Alibaba’s 2014 IPO in New York also set a record as the world’s biggest public stock offering. It traded below US$70 (RM302.90) last year, but its stocked closed at US$120.34 (RM520.74) in New York on Friday, Forbes said.

Ma and Wang have been neck in neck for the title of China’s wealthiest man for the past few years.

However, Forbes forsees another shakeup as the stock price of Tencent Holdings, which operates the country’s popular WeChat online messaging platform, continues to rise.

According to Forbes, Tencent Chairman Ma Huateng’s fortune was worth US$29.7bil (RM128.53bil) on Friday, just within US$1bil (RM4.32bil) shy of Ma and Wang’s current net worth.

Ma is also Malaysia’s first-ever digital economy adviser, appointed last year.

SOURCE:- THE STAR

Najib confident Malaysia will receive enormous benefit from OBOR (China’s One Belt One Road) initiative

Posted on : 16-05-2017 | By : sabah today | In : National

KUALA LUMPUR— Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has repeated his confidence that Malaysia will receive enormous benefit from China’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative.
He said this was due to the existence of interconnection, especially between China and Central Asia, China and Europe, China and Southeast Asia, as well as between China and East Africa.
“Just imagine (the benefit of) the Belt and Road network, which is a large-scale and comprehensive. It will definitely give a boost to the development of various sectors and industries, hence generate bigger growth through good infrastructure as the catalyst,” he said in his latest blog post at www.najibrazak.com here today.
Najib said through the initiative, transportation and movement of goods would be much easier and cheaper and would also enable local entrepreneurs to penetrate a larger market.
“Insya-Allah (God willing), with the concept of shared prosperity and win-win situation, I believe Malaysia, as well as other countries, will be able to realise its potential under the ​​One Belt, One Road initiative,” he said.
OBOR initiative was mooted by President Xi Jinping of China as a development strategy that focuses on connectivity and cooperation among countries. It is also to boost trade between the countries by providing infrastructure such as ports, railways and expressways.
In the blog posting, Najib also summed up the success of his five-day visit to China, which began last Friday, including the signing of nine Business-to-Business Memoranda of Understanding in various sectors, including construction, agriculture, financial market, infrastructure and investment cooperation worth US$22.7 billion or approximately RM31.26 billion.
He said most of the projects would be implemented in Malaysia, including the Robotic Future City on a 1,000 acres (404.6ha) site in Johor Baru, which involves an investment of more than RM15 billion and would include a holistic development in terms of research and development, manufacturing, education, services, and exhibition centre.
“Sabah and Sarawak have also benefited from this visit. In Sarawak, a joint-venture factory producing methanol and derivatives between Sarawak Bumiputera Property Foundation, Consortium of Huanhqiu Contracting & Engineering Co and MACFEAM Sdn Bhd will be built at a cost of RM2 billion and is estimated to be completed in 2021.
“In Sabah, a cooperation agreement to develop The Shore worth US$132.58 million has also been signed,” he said.
Najib said the AirAsia had also become the first low-cost carrier outside China which had been granted a licence to operate in the republic with an investment of US$100 million.
He said Prime Minister Li Keqiang had given assurance that the China’s government would continue supporting Chinese companies to invest in Malaysia.
“Foreign investments such as this will certainly help our people as it would create higher-income and highly-skilled job opportunities.This is in line with our aspiration become a high income nation by 2020,” he said.
In terms of bilateral relations, Najib said President Xi had said that the Malaysia-China relation was currently at its best in history and that he appreciated Malaysia’s support for the OBOR initiative.
Malaysia has also benefited directly from it, such as in the financing of the construction of the East Coast Rail Line (ECRL) by the Exim Bank of China, he said.
“I also noted that China has increased its palm oil purchase from Malaysia upon my request during the visit last November. The government expects palm oil exports to China will rise much higher with the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Felda Global Ventures Holdings Bhd and Sinograin Oils Corp.
“This agreement will also provide access to midstream and downstream markets in China. I believe that more Malaysian companies will receive the benefits of the good relations between Malaysia and China’s top leadership,” he explained.
Meanwhile, the development of the Digital Free Trade Zone was also very encouraging with the signing of the MoU between Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation, Hangzhou Municipal Government and Alibaba (China) Company Limited.
Najib said he was confident that Malaysia would be able to develop the e-commerce industry through the initiative in which Malaysia would become the hub of digital economy in Southeast Asia with an estimated double-digit growth, while Hangzhou to become the hub in China, which is a good news for operators of small- and medium-scale entrepreneurs in the country.
SOURCE— BERNAMA
KUALA LUMPUR— Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has repeated his confidence that Malaysia will receive enormous benefit from China’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative.
He said this was due to the existence of interconnection, especially between China and Central Asia, China and Europe, China and Southeast Asia, as well as between China and East Africa.
“Just imagine (the benefit of) the Belt and Road network, which is a large-scale and comprehensive. It will definitely give a boost to the development of various sectors and industries, hence generate bigger growth through good infrastructure as the catalyst,” he said in his latest blog post at www.najibrazak.com here today.
Najib said through the initiative, transportation and movement of goods would be much easier and cheaper and would also enable local entrepreneurs to penetrate a larger market.
“Insya-Allah (God willing), with the concept of shared prosperity and win-win situation, I believe Malaysia, as well as other countries, will be able to realise its potential under the ​​One Belt, One Road initiative,” he said.
OBOR initiative was mooted by President Xi Jinping of China as a development strategy that focuses on connectivity and cooperation among countries. It is also to boost trade between the countries by providing infrastructure such as ports, railways and expressways.
In the blog posting, Najib also summed up the success of his five-day visit to China, which began last Friday, including the signing of nine Business-to-Business Memoranda of Understanding in various sectors, including construction, agriculture, financial market, infrastructure and investment cooperation worth US$22.7 billion or approximately RM31.26 billion.
He said most of the projects would be implemented in Malaysia, including the Robotic Future City on a 1,000 acres (404.6ha) site in Johor Baru, which involves an investment of more than RM15 billion and would include a holistic development in terms of research and development, manufacturing, education, services, and exhibition centre.
“Sabah and Sarawak have also benefited from this visit. In Sarawak, a joint-venture factory producing methanol and derivatives between Sarawak Bumiputera Property Foundation, Consortium of Huanhqiu Contracting & Engineering Co and MACFEAM Sdn Bhd will be built at a cost of RM2 billion and is estimated to be completed in 2021.
“In Sabah, a cooperation agreement to develop The Shore worth US$132.58 million has also been signed,” he said.
Najib said the AirAsia had also become the first low-cost carrier outside China which had been granted a licence to operate in the republic with an investment of US$100 million.
He said Prime Minister Li Keqiang had given assurance that the China’s government would continue supporting Chinese companies to invest in Malaysia.
“Foreign investments such as this will certainly help our people as it would create higher-income and highly-skilled job opportunities.This is in line with our aspiration become a high income nation by 2020,” he said.
In terms of bilateral relations, Najib said President Xi had said that the Malaysia-China relation was currently at its best in history and that he appreciated Malaysia’s support for the OBOR initiative.
Malaysia has also benefited directly from it, such as in the financing of the construction of the East Coast Rail Line (ECRL) by the Exim Bank of China, he said.
“I also noted that China has increased its palm oil purchase from Malaysia upon my request during the visit last November. The government expects palm oil exports to China will rise much higher with the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Felda Global Ventures Holdings Bhd and Sinograin Oils Corp.
“This agreement will also provide access to midstream and downstream markets in China. I believe that more Malaysian companies will receive the benefits of the good relations between Malaysia and China’s top leadership,” he explained.
Meanwhile, the development of the Digital Free Trade Zone was also very encouraging with the signing of the MoU between Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation, Hangzhou Municipal Government and Alibaba (China) Company Limited.
Najib said he was confident that Malaysia would be able to develop the e-commerce industry through the initiative in which Malaysia would become the hub of digital economy in Southeast Asia with an estimated double-digit growth, while Hangzhou to become the hub in China, which is a good news for operators of small- and medium-scale entrepreneurs in the country.
SOURCE— BERNAMA

Ringgit to recover gradually over time, says RHB

Posted on : 09-05-2017 | By : sabah today | In : National

KUALA LUMPUR: The ringgit is expected to recover gradually over time as economic fundamentals remain intact and the Malaysian economy is still expected to grow at a steady pace, says RHB Research.
In a note, the research firm said the local currency would also get a boost from the commodities sector’s recovery and when policies by US President Donald Trump’s administration started to disappoint the market.
“Nevertheless, volatility in the ringgit could persist in the near-term given expectations of further US rate hikes, vulnerability from large foreign holdings of fixed income instruments in the country and volatility of oil prices,” it said.
After appreciating by 1.8 per cent for the whole of April, the ringgit rose further by 0.3 per cent to RM4.3365 vis-à-vis the US dollar in the first week of May.
RHB Research said the stronger ringgit in April was on account of a weaker greenback, partially due to the disappointing policy implementations by Trump, easing Eurozone disintegration risks and improved foreign inflow of funds into the Malaysian equities market.
Malaysia’s foreign exchange reserves rose by US$700 million to US$96.1 billion as at April 28 from US$95.4 billion in March due to foreign inflow of funds, driven by Bank Negara Malaysia’s requirement to convert 75 per cent of export proceeds into THE ringgit, and the central bank’s efforts at managing other foreign capital outflows.
SOURCE— BERNAMA
KUALA LUMPUR: The ringgit is expected to recover gradually over time as economic fundamentals remain intact and the Malaysian economy is still expected to grow at a steady pace, says RHB Research.
In a note, the research firm said the local currency would also get a boost from the commodities sector’s recovery and when policies by US President Donald Trump’s administration started to disappoint the market.
“Nevertheless, volatility in the ringgit could persist in the near-term given expectations of further US rate hikes, vulnerability from large foreign holdings of fixed income instruments in the country and volatility of oil prices,” it said.
After appreciating by 1.8 per cent for the whole of April, the ringgit rose further by 0.3 per cent to RM4.3365 vis-à-vis the US dollar in the first week of May.
RHB Research said the stronger ringgit in April was on account of a weaker greenback, partially due to the disappointing policy implementations by Trump, easing Eurozone disintegration risks and improved foreign inflow of funds into the Malaysian equities market.
Malaysia’s foreign exchange reserves rose by US$700 million to US$96.1 billion as at April 28 from US$95.4 billion in March due to foreign inflow of funds, driven by Bank Negara Malaysia’s requirement to convert 75 per cent of export proceeds into THE ringgit, and the central bank’s efforts at managing other foreign capital outflows.
SOURCE— BERNAMA

Najib Hosts Luncheon In Honour Of Laos PM

Posted on : 08-05-2017 | By : sabah today | In : National

PUTRAJAYA–Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak Tuesday hosted an official luncheon at Seri Perdana here in honour of visiting Laos Prime Minister Dr Thongloun Sisoulith and his delegation.
Dr Thongloun, who is on his maiden visit to Malaysia, was greeted by Najib upon arrival at the Prime Minister’s official residence.
International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed, Deputy Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican and Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa also attended the luncheon. Also present was Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Lee Chee Leong, who is the Minister-in-Attendance.
The guests were feted to lunch featuring a local menu, such as ‘pasembor’ Penang, ‘ayam percik’, cuttlefish curry and mutton ‘kurma’.
The guests were entertained with performances by a Permata Seni children’s choir.
Dr Thongloun arrived earlier today on his first official visit to Malaysia since assuming office in April 2016.
SOURCE– BERNAMA
PUTRAJAYA–Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak Tuesday hosted an official luncheon at Seri Perdana here in honour of visiting Laos Prime Minister Dr Thongloun Sisoulith and his delegation.
Dr Thongloun, who is on his maiden visit to Malaysia, was greeted by Najib upon arrival at the Prime Minister’s official residence.
International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed, Deputy Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican and Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa also attended the luncheon. Also present was Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Lee Chee Leong, who is the Minister-in-Attendance.
The guests were feted to lunch featuring a local menu, such as ‘pasembor’ Penang, ‘ayam percik’, cuttlefish curry and mutton ‘kurma’.
The guests were entertained with performances by a Permata Seni children’s choir.
Dr Thongloun arrived earlier today on his first official visit to Malaysia since assuming office in April 2016.
SOURCE– BERNAMA

Govt to continue supporting Mara’s programs – CM

Posted on : 07-05-2017 | By : sabah today | In : National

KOTA KINABALU: The State Government will continue to support Majlis Amanah Rakyat’s (Mara) effort and initiative in offering programmes aimed at producing quality and competent human capital by involving more Sabahan students in technical and vocational education (TVET).
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Haji Aman said this aspect was important to enhance the living standard of people and elevate the State’s development in order to transform the economy of Sabah.
He said Institute Kemahiran Mara (IKM) had produced 2,697 skilled graduates who secured jobs at ease since its inception.
“This is proven with the marketability status done in 2014 whereby 45.3 per cent (of Mara graduates) were working, 22.9 per cent furthered their studies, 4.6 per cent were upgrading their skills while the rest were awaiting job placement.”
Musa said the State Government was also proud to learn that two Sabahan bumiputera graduates who undertook the automotive programme in IKM Kota Kinabalu have furthered their studies in Deutscher Industrie Meister International German in Metal Foundation as a result of collaboration between Mara and Mercedes Benz.
Musa stated this in his speech, which was delivered by Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Masidi Manjun, who represented the Chief Minister at the 10th IKM Kota Kinabalu convocation here yesterday.
He said the education landscape of the country had undergone major changes.
“The role of technical and vocational education system has moved from Ivory Tower Mentality to a more holistic role through inclusiveness and utilization of expertise in skills-based institutions.”
To propel the state development to a higher level, Musa said we needed people, especially youths, who possessed both knowledge and skills.
“As such, the State Government is committed to intensify efforts that will enhance the potential of youths by providing clear direction, career and skills training opportunities.”
He thereby urged IKM to continue its focus on strengthening TVET to ensure youngsters acquired expertise and skills to spur the productivity of the workforce with the target to achieve a 35 per cent skilled workforce by 2020, in line with core sectors outlined in Sabah’s Strategic Long Term Action Plan (2016-2035).
Musa also urged the younger generation in Sabah to enroll in courses and programmes offered by IKM Kota Kinabalu as the skill-based courses were aligned with the core sectors in the Sabah’s Strategic Long Term Action Plan.
Meanwhile, Mara interim chairman Datuk Dr Haji Yusof bin Haji Yacob said the government though the Rural and Regional Development Ministry had provided a huge allocation to Mara to carry out human capital development programmes.
“In Sabah only, Mara has set up an IKM and 27 GiatMara centres to provide opportunities for Sabahans to further their studies, especially in skill-based sectors.”
He said Mara was also currently building a Mara Junior Science College in Ranau, the fourth in Sabah after the establishment of the college in Sandakan, Semporna and Kota Kinabalu.
Yusof added that the marketability of Mara graduates had risen to 85 per cent which showed that Mara’s education development plan had successfully produced competitive graduates who could face future challenges.
He said Mara’s priority was to provide education and encourage entrepreneurship among its students.
“We hope graduates from IKM or Mara are able to become entrepreneurs, set up their own businesses and be job creators who can provide job opportunities to others.”
As such, he said Mara is working with industry players, colleges and other institutions to add value on its graduates, such as Proton, EON and Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB).
Additionally, Yusof said the synergy between the Entrepreneurship Sector and Education Sector of Mara had produced the Mara Start-up Accelerator Programme (MSEAD).
MSEAD aims to produce more high-income job creators who also possess the philanthropy spirit.
“In 2016, more than 1,300 students’ companies have registered with the Companies Commission of Malaysia (SSM) and these students are actively running businesses during the duration of their studies.
“Based on records, the sales value of these companies amounted to RM5 million in 2016 alone.”
To the graduates, Yusof urged them to aspire to become entrepreneurs to create job opportunities for others through the companies they own.
A total of 579 graduates who studied in IKM Kota Kinabalu from 2015 to 2016 received their certificates for completing their courses, which included electricity engineering technology, air-conditioning and cooling engineering technology, automotive engineering technology, vehicle body repair technology, building engineering technology and architecture.
The event also saw six graduates who received the Best Academic Award, five presented with the Best Graduate Awards of the session and four obtained the Special Industry Award.
The Entrepreneur Award and Overall Best Student Award were also presented to Rizwan bin Jalang and Mohd Syamshul Ariffin bin Ayub respectively.
SOURCE: THE BORNEO POST
KOTA KINABALU: The State Government will continue to support Majlis Amanah Rakyat’s (Mara) effort and initiative in offering programmes aimed at producing quality and competent human capital by involving more Sabahan students in technical and vocational education (TVET).
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Haji Aman said this aspect was important to enhance the living standard of people and elevate the State’s development in order to transform the economy of Sabah.
He said Institute Kemahiran Mara (IKM) had produced 2,697 skilled graduates who secured jobs at ease since its inception.
“This is proven with the marketability status done in 2014 whereby 45.3 per cent (of Mara graduates) were working, 22.9 per cent furthered their studies, 4.6 per cent were upgrading their skills while the rest were awaiting job placement.”
Musa said the State Government was also proud to learn that two Sabahan bumiputera graduates who undertook the automotive programme in IKM Kota Kinabalu have furthered their studies in Deutscher Industrie Meister International German in Metal Foundation as a result of collaboration between Mara and Mercedes Benz.
Musa stated this in his speech, which was delivered by Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Masidi Manjun, who represented the Chief Minister at the 10th IKM Kota Kinabalu convocation here yesterday.
He said the education landscape of the country had undergone major changes.
“The role of technical and vocational education system has moved from Ivory Tower Mentality to a more holistic role through inclusiveness and utilization of expertise in skills-based institutions.”
To propel the state development to a higher level, Musa said we needed people, especially youths, who possessed both knowledge and skills.
“As such, the State Government is committed to intensify efforts that will enhance the potential of youths by providing clear direction, career and skills training opportunities.”
He thereby urged IKM to continue its focus on strengthening TVET to ensure youngsters acquired expertise and skills to spur the productivity of the workforce with the target to achieve a 35 per cent skilled workforce by 2020, in line with core sectors outlined in Sabah’s Strategic Long Term Action Plan (2016-2035).
Musa also urged the younger generation in Sabah to enroll in courses and programmes offered by IKM Kota Kinabalu as the skill-based courses were aligned with the core sectors in the Sabah’s Strategic Long Term Action Plan.
Meanwhile, Mara interim chairman Datuk Dr Haji Yusof bin Haji Yacob said the government though the Rural and Regional Development Ministry had provided a huge allocation to Mara to carry out human capital development programmes.
“In Sabah only, Mara has set up an IKM and 27 GiatMara centres to provide opportunities for Sabahans to further their studies, especially in skill-based sectors.”
He said Mara was also currently building a Mara Junior Science College in Ranau, the fourth in Sabah after the establishment of the college in Sandakan, Semporna and Kota Kinabalu.
Yusof added that the marketability of Mara graduates had risen to 85 per cent which showed that Mara’s education development plan had successfully produced competitive graduates who could face future challenges.
He said Mara’s priority was to provide education and encourage entrepreneurship among its students.
“We hope graduates from IKM or Mara are able to become entrepreneurs, set up their own businesses and be job creators who can provide job opportunities to others.”
As such, he said Mara is working with industry players, colleges and other institutions to add value on its graduates, such as Proton, EON and Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB).
Additionally, Yusof said the synergy between the Entrepreneurship Sector and Education Sector of Mara had produced the Mara Start-up Accelerator Programme (MSEAD).
MSEAD aims to produce more high-income job creators who also possess the philanthropy spirit.
“In 2016, more than 1,300 students’ companies have registered with the Companies Commission of Malaysia (SSM) and these students are actively running businesses during the duration of their studies.
“Based on records, the sales value of these companies amounted to RM5 million in 2016 alone.”
To the graduates, Yusof urged them to aspire to become entrepreneurs to create job opportunities for others through the companies they own.
A total of 579 graduates who studied in IKM Kota Kinabalu from 2015 to 2016 received their certificates for completing their courses, which included electricity engineering technology, air-conditioning and cooling engineering technology, automotive engineering technology, vehicle body repair technology, building engineering technology and architecture.
The event also saw six graduates who received the Best Academic Award, five presented with the Best Graduate Awards of the session and four obtained the Special Industry Award.
The Entrepreneur Award and Overall Best Student Award were also presented to Rizwan bin Jalang and Mohd Syamshul Ariffin bin Ayub respectively.
SOURCE: THE BORNEO POST

‘Opposition has no positive agenda for nation’s future’

Posted on : 07-05-2017 | By : sabah today | In : National

SANDAKAN: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the opposition does not have any  positive agenda for the nation and that the people cannot depend on them to ensure a future which is progressive and prosperous.
He said the parties and their leaders in the opposition could only “attack” and criticise the government with accusations which were illogical and irrational.
“Like for example  when the price of petrol went up (because the price of oil in the international market went up), they said the Prime Minister (PM) increased it. Who did they (the opposition) blame? The PM.
“When the price of petrol came down, they said it was the market price (because the price came down in the global market). That is not fair. If the price goes up, I am criticised, if the price comes down, then I should be praised,” he said.
Najib  said this when officiating the ‘Ekpresi Negaraku’ programme at the Sandakan Municipal Field here yesterday.
He said another example was that when the government brought in Chinese investors, the opposition accused it of selling off the country’s sovereignty, but when the government made the decision to cancel an investment agreement, the opposition questioned that too.
As such, Najib said, the people cannot place their hopes on the opposition parties and leadership because their struggle was for their own political interests and not for the future of the people and nation.
SOURCE— BERNAMA
SANDAKAN: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the opposition does not have any  positive agenda for the nation and that the people cannot depend on them to ensure a future which is progressive and prosperous.
He said the parties and their leaders in the opposition could only “attack” and criticise the government with accusations which were illogical and irrational.
“Like for example  when the price of petrol went up (because the price of oil in the international market went up), they said the Prime Minister (PM) increased it. Who did they (the opposition) blame? The PM.
“When the price of petrol came down, they said it was the market price (because the price came down in the global market). That is not fair. If the price goes up, I am criticised, if the price comes down, then I should be praised,” he said.
Najib  said this when officiating the ‘Ekpresi Negaraku’ programme at the Sandakan Municipal Field here yesterday.
He said another example was that when the government brought in Chinese investors, the opposition accused it of selling off the country’s sovereignty, but when the government made the decision to cancel an investment agreement, the opposition questioned that too.
As such, Najib said, the people cannot place their hopes on the opposition parties and leadership because their struggle was for their own political interests and not for the future of the people and nation.
SOURCE— BERNAMA

Patriotic spirit a must in each Malaysian — Najib

Posted on : 07-05-2017 | By : sabah today | In : National, Uncategorized

SANDAKAN: The patriotic spirit and willingness to do whatever it takes to defend the sovereignty of the country must be omnipresent in each Malaysian, said  Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
The Prime Minister said if  love for the nation and willingness to sacrifice to defend the country were deep-rooted in the hearts  of all Malaysians, no one would dare to challenge the country’s sovereignty.
“We know that if have the patriotic spirit, our nation will forge ahead because no enemy whether internal of external will dare to do anything to damage it or try to topple the government that has been duly elected by the people,” he said.
Najib said this when officiating the ‘Ekspresi Negaraku’programme at Padang Perbandaran Sandakan here yesterday.
Also present were Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman and Communications and Multimedia Minister  Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak.
He reminded the people on the danger posed by “wolves in sheep’s clothing” among Malaysians saying Malaysian security forces personnel suffered because of this during the intrusion into Sabah by Sulu militants in 2013.
Najib, in recalling the sacrifices by Supt Ibrahim Lebar who was from the peninsula, said the soldier and his colleagues, who were on duty in Semporna, were killed in the incident because there was a policeman who leaked out information on the operation to the enemy.
“I want to tell all of you here that if we are united and love our country, no enemy from outside can cause harm and threaten Sabah soil,” he added.
The prime minister said that the government had spent RM323 million this year for the Eastern Sabah Security Zone  (ESSZone)  operation.
“Until today, alhamdulillah, the ESSZone area is safe. I have been informed that many tourists are going to Semporna.”
“The tourism industry prospers in the east coast, why? (Its) because of government contributions, both from the state and federal government,” he said.
As such, Najib reminded all quarters to not try to put the state and federal governments at loggerheads because the state and federal government were like one family and had the same objective which was to bring prosperity to Sabah and its people.
Najib said the Sabah people should not be swayed by the slogan ‘Sabah For Sabah’ because as the prime minister, he would do the best for the state and its people.
For example, he said, Sabah received the biggest development allocation from the federal government for two years under the 11th Malaysia Plan, totalling RM9 billion, which was 10.3 per cent of the federal government’s budget.
“We also did something more than what is expected or thought of by the people, like Phase 1 of the Pan Borneo Expressway for Sabah. The Sabah people have waited for 25 years for the expressway.
“Somebody became a prime minister for 22 years, but did not implement Pan Borneo for Sabah. I may not be (prime minister) for 22 years, but had carried out the Pan Borneo Expressway and with no toll charge,” he said.
SOURCE— BERNAMA
SANDAKAN: The patriotic spirit and willingness to do whatever it takes to defend the sovereignty of the country must be omnipresent in each Malaysian, said  Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
The Prime Minister said if  love for the nation and willingness to sacrifice to defend the country were deep-rooted in the hearts  of all Malaysians, no one would dare to challenge the country’s sovereignty.
“We know that if have the patriotic spirit, our nation will forge ahead because no enemy whether internal of external will dare to do anything to damage it or try to topple the government that has been duly elected by the people,” he said.
Najib said this when officiating the ‘Ekspresi Negaraku’programme at Padang Perbandaran Sandakan here yesterday.
Also present were Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman and Communications and Multimedia Minister  Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak.
He reminded the people on the danger posed by “wolves in sheep’s clothing” among Malaysians saying Malaysian security forces personnel suffered because of this during the intrusion into Sabah by Sulu militants in 2013.
Najib, in recalling the sacrifices by Supt Ibrahim Lebar who was from the peninsula, said the soldier and his colleagues, who were on duty in Semporna, were killed in the incident because there was a policeman who leaked out information on the operation to the enemy.
“I want to tell all of you here that if we are united and love our country, no enemy from outside can cause harm and threaten Sabah soil,” he added.
The prime minister said that the government had spent RM323 million this year for the Eastern Sabah Security Zone  (ESSZone)  operation.
“Until today, alhamdulillah, the ESSZone area is safe. I have been informed that many tourists are going to Semporna.”
“The tourism industry prospers in the east coast, why? (Its) because of government contributions, both from the state and federal government,” he said.
As such, Najib reminded all quarters to not try to put the state and federal governments at loggerheads because the state and federal government were like one family and had the same objective which was to bring prosperity to Sabah and its people.
Najib said the Sabah people should not be swayed by the slogan ‘Sabah For Sabah’ because as the prime minister, he would do the best for the state and its people.
For example, he said, Sabah received the biggest development allocation from the federal government for two years under the 11th Malaysia Plan, totalling RM9 billion, which was 10.3 per cent of the federal government’s budget.
“We also did something more than what is expected or thought of by the people, like Phase 1 of the Pan Borneo Expressway for Sabah. The Sabah people have waited for 25 years for the expressway.
“Somebody became a prime minister for 22 years, but did not implement Pan Borneo for Sabah. I may not be (prime minister) for 22 years, but had carried out the Pan Borneo Expressway and with no toll charge,” he said.
SOURCE— BERNAMA

Malaysia Airlines flies ‘Negaraku’ to greater heights

Posted on : 03-05-2017 | By : sabah today | In : National

PUTRAJAYA — Malaysia Airlines has pledged its participation in the “Negaraku” initiative, aimed at instilling the spirit of patriotism, nationwide.
In embracing the initiative, Malaysia Airlines is incorporating the spirit of “Negaraku” on the ground and online, as well as, various touch points including featuring the “Negaraku” emblem with special livery on several of its aircraft.
Malaysia Airlines’ inflight magazine, “Going Places” will also feature Malaysian heroes and present special content in inflight entertainment.
Malaysia Airlines’ commitment towards the “Negaraku” initiative was symbolised by handing over the Malaysia Airlines boarding pass and an aircraft model with special livery to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak who witnessed the ceremony at Perdana Putra here today.
Present were Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak and Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.
Malaysia Airlines Bhd Chief Executive Officer Peter Bellew remarked that Malaysia Airlines was proud to commit itself to the “Negaraku” initiative to underline its status as the only 100 per cent Malaysian-owned airline.
“It (Negaraku) speaks volume of the pride and love Malaysians have for each other and their wonderful nation.
“And we, the national airline, are proud to be part of that as we bear the “Negaraku” logo on behalf of each and every Malaysian we represent, worldwide,” he added.
While saying “terima kasih” to Najib, he praised the prime minister for his continuous support to Malaysia Airlines, which currently was on the road to recovery.
In the last nine months, he said, Malaysia Airlines recorded a load factor growth of 15 per cent.
In December 2016, Malaysia Airlines recorded a load factor of 90 per cent, the highest registered by any full service carrier in the world, and better than American Airlines, British Airways and Singapore Airlines, he added.
SOURCE– BERNAMA
PUTRAJAYA — Malaysia Airlines has pledged its participation in the “Negaraku” initiative, aimed at instilling the spirit of patriotism, nationwide.
In embracing the initiative, Malaysia Airlines is incorporating the spirit of “Negaraku” on the ground and online, as well as, various touch points including featuring the “Negaraku” emblem with special livery on several of its aircraft.
Malaysia Airlines’ inflight magazine, “Going Places” will also feature Malaysian heroes and present special content in inflight entertainment.
Malaysia Airlines’ commitment towards the “Negaraku” initiative was symbolised by handing over the Malaysia Airlines boarding pass and an aircraft model with special livery to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak who witnessed the ceremony at Perdana Putra here today.
Present were Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak and Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.
Malaysia Airlines Bhd Chief Executive Officer Peter Bellew remarked that Malaysia Airlines was proud to commit itself to the “Negaraku” initiative to underline its status as the only 100 per cent Malaysian-owned airline.
“It (Negaraku) speaks volume of the pride and love Malaysians have for each other and their wonderful nation.
“And we, the national airline, are proud to be part of that as we bear the “Negaraku” logo on behalf of each and every Malaysian we represent, worldwide,” he added.
While saying “terima kasih” to Najib, he praised the prime minister for his continuous support to Malaysia Airlines, which currently was on the road to recovery.
In the last nine months, he said, Malaysia Airlines recorded a load factor growth of 15 per cent.
In December 2016, Malaysia Airlines recorded a load factor of 90 per cent, the highest registered by any full service carrier in the world, and better than American Airlines, British Airways and Singapore Airlines, he added.
SOURCE– BERNAMA

Najib, Modi agree Malaysia-India relations at historic high

Posted on : 04-04-2017 | By : sabah today | In : National

KUALA LUMPUR— Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi agree that relations between their two countries are at a “historic high”.

Najib highlighted the strong ties in his latest blog post titled ‘Strengthening Malaysia-India Bilateral Relations’ on www.najibrazak.com today.

Najib, who is on a six-day visit to India, said he had a fruitful day with Modi in New Delhi on Saturday, when they had a one-on-one meeting.

“Our 60-year bilateral relations continue to grow as we reap benefits from the strategic partnership we have established with India,” said Najib.

The prime minister shared some of the outcomes from meeting Modi, including those relating to defence and security cooperation.

Najib said Malaysia would continue to work closely and enhance cooperation with India to ensure that both nations as well as the region would remain peaceful.

“We also reaffirmed our commitment to fight any form of terrorism and extremism. Prime Minister Modi was particularly interested in Malaysia’s deradicalisation programme and we are more than happy to share our knowledge and experience with India,” he added.

On the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, the two countries agreed that they need a fresh free trade agreement to revitalise trade among nations not just around the region but also throughout the world.

Najib said he and Modi agreed that the bilateral Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement needed to be revitalised to make it more effective while the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Agreement becomes more and more relevant today.

“I hope, with encouragement from India, RCEP will be able to take place at an earlier date,” he said.

SOURCE— BERNAMA

Najib to visit India, underlines 60 years of strong bilateral relations

Posted on : 28-03-2017 | By : sabah today | In : National

KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Najib Razak’s official visit to India from this Friday until next Tuesday underlines the strong bilateral relations between the two countries, which have been established for 60 years.

The visit, at the invitation of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, will be Najib’s third to India since assuming office as Prime Minister in 2009.

According to a statement released by the Communications and Public Diplomacy Division, Foreign Ministry, the visit would provide opportunities for both Malaysia and India to exchange views on a range of bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual interest.

During the visit Najib is scheduled to visit Chennai, New Delhi and Jaipur.

The Prime minister will be accompanied by his wife Rosmah Mansor, Foreign Affairs Minister Anifah Aman, cabinet ministers and senior government officials.

In New Delhi, Najib will be accorded an official welcoming ceremony at the Presidential Palace, make a courtesy call on the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee followed by a restricted meeting with his Indian counterpart and a bilateral meeting with senior members of both delegation.

A Joint Press Conference will be held before the official dinner hosted by Prime Minister Modi in honour of Najib and Rosmah.

“Issues that are expected to be discussed during the bilateral meeting include trade and investment, infrastructure projects, defence cooperation, air services arrangements, tourism and culture relations as well as issues of mutual concern on regional and international cooperation.

“Several government-to-government memoranda of understanding and documents are set to be signed and exchanged during the visit. The exchange of the documents will be witnessed by both Prime Minister Najib and Prime Minister Modi,” the statement said.

Apart from the bilateral meetings, Najib will be holding dialogue sessions with leaders and captains of industries from major business sectors in India and is scheduled to attend a business luncheon and the 7th Global Science and Innovation Advisory Council Meeting (GSIAC).

Najib’s programme in Chennai includes an official reception hosted by the Acting Governor of Tamil Nadu, Vidhyasagar Rao and a meeting with the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Edappadi Palaniswamy.

The Prime Minister will also use this opportunity to have a dialogue session with the Malaysian community, including students.

Najib will also travel to Jaipur to oversee Malaysia’s participation in India’s infrastructure projects.

He is scheduled to meet with Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Vasundhara Raje Scindia, and attend a high level discussion on the progress of Malaysian companies in infrastructure projects in Jaipur.

“On the last day of the visit, the Prime Minister will also officiate the newly completed complex of the High Commission of Malaysia in New Delhi,” the statement said.

It added that Malaysia is optimistic that the visit would further strengthen the existing friendly ties between Malaysia and India not only in the areas of bilateral cooperation but also on regional and international issues.

SOURCE- BERNAMA

Najib Meets Abu Sayyaf Kidnap Victims

Posted on : 26-03-2017 | By : sabah today | In : National

KUALA LUMPUR– Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak today met two of the five Malaysian nationals who were kidnapped by the Abu Sayyaf terrorists in the Philippines in July last year.

They are Tayudin Anjut, 46, and Abdul Rahim Summas, 63, who arrived at the Prime Minister’s residence at Jalan Taman Duta here at 8 am, where their family members were also waiting to welcome them home.

During the meeting the two men, who were on wheel-chairs, and visually impaired, related the incident and the bad treatment by their kidnappers.

They were overwhelmed by emotions when expressing their gratitude in being able to be back with their families.

The Prime Minister’s wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, was also present.

Tayudin and Abdul Rahim were crew members of the tugboat Serudong Tiga who were kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf terrorists in the Dent Haven waters in Lahad Datu on July 18.

They were rescued by Filipino security forces in an operation in the south of the republic last Thursday and arrived at the KL International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang last night.

To date, three other Malaysian nationals were still detained by Abu Sayyaf terrorists.

They were Fandy Bakran, 27, Mohd Jumadil Rahim, 24, and Mohd Ridzuan Ismail, 33, who were also crew members of the tugboat Serudong Tiga.

SOURCE– BERNAMA

Alibaba set to transform KLIA Aeropolis into eFulfillment hub

Posted on : 23-03-2017 | By : sabah today | In : National

KUALA LUMPUR – China’s Alibaba Group is set to transform up to 45 hectares at KLIA Aeropolis into an eFulfillment hub, an e-commerce and logistics hub to facilitate faster clearance of imports and exports.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the establishment of the hub, which was in line with Malaysia’s roadmap for transformation into a digital economy, would be the first in the world outside China.

“Hangzhou is the hub for China and Aeropolis is for Malaysia and Association of South-East Asian Nations. We will make this (hub) exciting and big,” he said at the launch of the Digital Free-Trade Zone (DGTZ) here today.

The eFulfillment hub is part of Malaysia’s DGTZ initiative.

Later, at a press conference, Malaysia Digital Economy Corp’s (MDEC) Chief Executive Officer, Datuk Yasmin Mahmood, said the physical zone would be located at the eight-hectare site in Aeropolis, which was previously the Low-Cost Carrier Terminal.

Under the memorandum of understanding signed today between Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd and Alibaba’s logistics affiliate, Cainiao Network, the giant retail commerce company would also be looking at possible extension into the 37ha that adjourned the site, she said.

She said the initial phase of the eFulfillment hub would be rolled out before year-end.

On the projected spending, Alibaba Chief Executive Officer, Daniel Zhang, said there were no specific amount as of now given the hub was designed for a long-term commitment.

“We will have tangible investment which is in the hub and other intangible assets such as the knowledge, experience, and technology. This will benefit the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Malaysia,” he said.

Zhang said Malaysia’s similar vision with Alibaba in terms of digitalisation, coupled with its strategic location, were the reasons the country was picked as its regional hub.

DFTZ is an initiative to capitalise on the confluence and exponential growth of the Internet economy and cross-border e-commerce activities.

It consists of three main components that combine both physical and virtual zones.

The physical zone comprises the eFulfillment hub and satellite services hub, while the virtual zone consists of the eServices platform.

Najib had earlier said the independent satellite services hub facility would be located in Bandar Malaysia.

“Malaysia will offer 500,000 sq ft of Bandar Malaysia for SMEs, entrepreneurs, accelerators and venture firms to set up their businesses there.

“They will under one roof in Bandar Malaysia,” he said.

SOURCE– BERNAMA

Local prowees in science and technology must be appreciated

Posted on : 23-03-2017 | By : sabah today | In : National

SINTOK — There must be appreciation and confidence in the ability of Malaysians in science and technology to enable the country to continue spurring successes in both fields.

Science, Technology and Innovation (Mosti) Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Wilfred Madius Tangau said some quarters still doubted the prowess of Malaysians in creating products which were recognised as high technologies.

“The time has come for a change of this attitude. We (local-born) actually have many skills in numerous technological fields but most are still not appreciated.

“For example, the seismic rubber bearings which are widely used in Malaysia and, in fact, several other countries were invented by the Tun Abdul Razak Research Centre.

“So, we should emulate South Korea and Japan which despite having only land and their people, and were at one time poor, are still proud of their own products and technology which make them progressive today,” he said.

He said this to reporters after launching the Mosti Social Innovation Project (MSI) – Agrosis, Entrepreneurship Awareness Programme and Agriculture Economy through Schizophyllum Commune (cendawan kukur) Planting Project on the University Utara Malaysia (UUM) agrofarm site here, today.

Throughout the implementation of the project, Norsym Sdn Bhd, an MTDC Fund recipient, will conduct courses and provide basic ways on how to cultivate the mushroom.

In the meantime, Madius lauded Malaysia’s participation at international level in inventing technologies related to oil palm via robotics innovations organised by the Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities.

SOURCE– BERNAMA

Jack Ma: Malaysia efficient, Business-Friendly nation

Posted on : 23-03-2017 | By : sabah today | In : National

KUALA LUMPUR: Alibaba Group founder and executive chairman Jack Ma has described Malaysia as an efficient and very business-friendly nation to establish digital economy collaborations.

“Many asked me why I chose Malaysia to work together on the digital free trade zone (DFTZ).

“I told them that Malaysia is very business-friendly and much more efficient than I thought,” he said in his opening speech before jointly launching the DFTZ with Prime Minister Najib Razak here today.

Ma said the Multimedia Super Corridor project inspired him to pursue the digital world idea and made Alibaba and Malaysia establish the e-hub near Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

“The DFTZ is the first digital free trade zone outside China, which will be utilising new technology to empower small businesses and young entrepreneurs.

“There will be a logistic hub to cater for the e-commerce business with a one stop service centre.

“It can grow to become a regional logistic hub that could deliver packages within 72 hours in the next 20 years.”

He was optimistic that a digital economy would help increase gross domestic product (GDP) contribution from small businesses in Malaysia to at least 80%.

Currently, small businesses in Malaysia contributed less than 40% of the nation’s GDP with small and medium-sized enterprises accounting for about 97% of total businesses.

SOURCE:- FREE MALAYSIA TODAY