UCSF (University College Sabah Foundation) set up to explore potential of resources – Sabah Foundation

Posted on : 25-04-2017 | By : sabah today | In : Local

SIPITANG - The vision of establishing University College Sabah Foundation (UCSF) is among others to explore all resources including natural resources in the state through education and research.

Sabah Foundation director Datuk Sapawi Ahmad said to achieve the vision, UCSF had and would continue to collaborate with higher education institutions locally and abroad in line with the aspiration of the university college.

According to Sapawi, UCSF which is a Sabah state government subsidiary with 400 students, offers courses in various fields at diploma and first degree level.

“Our focus is on research, tourism and hospitality. But we also have courses in science, entrepreneurship, accounting and economics.

“Sabah Foundation has it own conservation sites for world standard research such as Danum Valley and Malia Basin. The latest project at Imbak Canyon has been completed with Petronas sponsorship which amounted to RM70 million for research infrastructure,” he said.

Sapawi told reporters after opening the ‘Seminar Scor A+ at SPM’ organised by Sabah Foundation with the cooperation of Berita Harian which was attended by students from 15 schools from the districts of Sipitang, Beaufort, Kuala Penyu, Membakut and Menumbuk.

He said UCSF is now strengthening its academic management and communications as well as collaborations with other universities to ensure the university college is on par with foreign universities.

According to him, the emphasis on tourism, economics and hospitality is to assist the planning of the future economic development of Sabah including the Sabah International Convention Centre (SICC) which is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.

“When completed, SICC will create thousands of employment opportunities in tourism, hospitality, hotel and business network,” he said.


Lepa floating restaurant to highlight Bajau boat building skills

Posted on : 25-04-2017 | By : sabah today | In : Local

SEMPORNA– A local leader agreed that a ‘Lepa’(traditional sailing boat of theBajaucommunity here) floating restaurant would be a good way to showcase the skill of the community in boat-building.

State Finance Assistant Minister Datuk Ramlee Marahabanin concurring with the proposal by State Tourism, Culture and Environment MinisterDatuk Seri Masidi Manjun, added that the community could capitalise on the idea to benefit economically.

He said the traditionalboat-building trade in itself would be a new tourism icon for Semporna which is already known as a tourism hub.

“With the floating restaurant concept in place, the boat would not be at the forefront only during the Regatta Lepa but all the time as a tourist attraction,” he told reporters after launching the entrepreneurcarnival organised jointly byAmanah Rakyat (MARA) and the District Education Office here today.

Meanwhile, Ramleedescribedthe carnival as “a good platform to provide disclosure to the public, especially the youth about the existence of MARA that could serve as tools to assist the people in their business”.

“The people, especially youth should know that MARAwouldbe able to give them opportunity to start their business in line with the government’s recommendation which encourages the youth to engage in business that will be able to help them to generate income,he said.

He said MARAwasa good platform to assist the community ingainingmore income through business and that the organisation of such programme wouldgreatlybenefit the people.

“Seize the opportunity and use the facility such as financial assistance offered by MARA to involve in business and gain profits,” he added.


Sabahans are loyal workers — director

Posted on : 24-04-2017 | By : sabah today | In : Local

KOTA KINABALU: Employers in the country have rated Sabahans as loyal workers, said Sabah Labour Department director Kamal Pardi.

Sabahans are also known for their productivity, he said at the Kembara Kerjaya Sabah 2017 here yesterday.

Kamal added that some of the employers have been taking part in the career carnival several times.

The first day of the event at the Tabung Haji hotel near here yesterday attracted more than 1,500 job seekers.

The career carnival will be organised at six districts in Sabah namely, Kota Kinabalu, Keningau, Tawau, Semporna, Lahad Datu and Sandakan.

There are more than 150 employers at the Kembara Kerjaya Sabah 2017 providing nearly 5,000 job vacancies in various sectors, said Kamal.

The response for the carnival has been encouraging, Kamal added.

Jobseeker Abdul Razak Datu Lajabiti, 24, described the event as a way for the government to help people who were unemployed to get a job.

The Communications Degree holder who graduated from Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) in September, last year said he had applied for several vacancies using another platform but remained unemployed.

He said that this was the first time he took part in a career carnival to seek out employment opportunities.

Source: The Borneo Post (Sabah)

Cambodia offers investment opportunity

Posted on : 24-04-2017 | By : sabah today | In : Local

Source: The Borneo Post (Sabah)

KOTA KINABALU: Investing in properties in Cambodia, specifically in Sihanoukville, promises good return with minimal risks, said Carey Real Estate (Sabah) Sdn Bhd business development advisor Damien Ooi.

Ooi said Cambodia’s economy has been booming since the country opened up its economy in 2010, with strong Gross National Product (GNP) growth averaging at eight per cent for more than 10 years.

He said Cambodia was one of the top three foreign investor-friendly countries in the Asean region, after Malaysia and Singapore, as there was no capital control imposed on foreigners.

Ooi added that Cambodia allowed foreigners to own real estate on freehold strata title, unlike Thailand and Vietnam where foreigners were not permitted to acquire properties.

There is no restriction in buying and selling properties, nor is there a restriction on remittance of capital or profit in and out of Cambodia, he said, adding that foreigners also enjoyed low tax rates in the country.

Amidst Cambodia’s growing economy, Ooi said there has been a shift of investments from Phnom Penh to the up and coming Sihanoukville town.

“Sihanoukville is the next booming area in Cambodia,” he said in a talk on real estate investment in Sihanoukville here yesterday.

In fact, Ooi likened Sihanoukville to Kota Kinabalu 10 years ago as the Cambodian town has its own port, international airport and Special Economic Zone.

The 20-kilometre stretch of white sandy beach with 30 to 40 islands off Sihanoukville also augured well for the town’s tourism sector.

On top of that, he said Sihanoukville also served as the base for new oil and gas offshore activities in Cambodia.

At present, Ooi Sihanoukville has a said total population of more than 300,000 with approximately 20,000 foreigners, mainly from China and Taiwan, living and working at the Special Economic Zone, construction, casino and food and beverage industries in the town.

As such, Ooi said the new D’Seaview development in Sihanoukville, a mixed development with condominium, retail shops, offices and hotel, was a viable investment.

D’Seaview is developed by PH One Development (Cambodia) Ltd, a member of HLH Group Ltd, Singapore. HLH Group Ltd was listed on the Mainboard Stock Exchange of Singapore on June 21, 2000. Carey Real Estate was appointed as the Malaysia marketing agent of D’Seaview project.

Ooi said D’Seaview offered more than 700 condominium units, with one to three bedrooms, priced at USD95,000 onwards inclusive of Value Added Tax (VAT), which was around RM400,000.

To date, more than 50 per cent of the condominium units have been sold, he said.

With Sihanoukville serving as the base of oil and gas offshore activities, Ooi was confident that the demand for the condominium units would grow soon.

He added that the condominium units would be ready in the next two years, while the hotel and shop lots were slated to be completed next year.

“The developer has done the groundwork and piling. The structure is coming up,” he said.

Ooi said the developer was also offering Malaysian buyers a three-year guaranteed rental return of 10 per cent per annum, as well as fully fitted and furnished units.

Additionally, he said buyers who purchased the condominium units yesterday would be offered a free three-day two-night trip to Sihanoukville to look at the D’Seaview project. Flight tickets to Phnom Penh are not included but the two-night hotel accommodation, lunch and dinner, airport pickup and all ground transfers are provided.

Booking fee is RM2,000, refundable within a week.

“Investors are looking at a very good return with minimal risk because whatever (property) you buy will be in your name,” he said.

Carey Real Estate was established in Kuala Lumpur since 1983 and has two offices in Kuala Lumpur and one in Penang, Johor and Kota Kinabalu.

Source: The Borneo Post (Sabah)

MCCC Sabah welcomes China investments

Posted on : 24-04-2017 | By : sabah today | In : Local

KOTA KINABALU: Malaysia-China Chamber of Commerce (MCCC) Sabah branch president Datuk Frankie Liew welcomed China firms to invest in the tourism, agriculture and herbal medicine sectors in Sabah.

“Sabah has lots of valuable medicinal plants but we lack the expertise, technology and funds to harness its potential,” he said.

On another matter, Liew said Chinese education was gaining importance in Sabah with the rise of China.

“Many of the bumiputera children have enrolled in the local Chinese schools,” he said during a courtesy call by a China media delegation here.

He said the sustenance of Chinese education in Sabah very much relied on financial support and effort from the Chinese community and businessmen, and hoped that their counterparts in China could assist the schools’ development.

Meanwhile, Yu Jieming from The Chinese Overseas Publishing House, Beijing, China said the delegation hoped to learn more about potential investment areas in Malaysia during their visit.

Yu said the delegation also wished to know more about Malaysian policies on Chinese investments and to further promote the Belt and Road collaboration opportunities at the community level.

Source: The Borneo Post (Sabah)

Signboard to promote Sandakan Heritage Trail

Posted on : 24-04-2017 | By : sabah today | In : Local

SANDAKAN: A signboard containing information on the Sandakan Heritage Trail has been put up as part of efforts to promote it as a tourist attraction in the district, Sandakan Heritage Trail Committee chairman Lai King Hang said Monday.

He said the user-friendly board containing drone images of the places along the trail is located at the steps leading to Wisma Sandakan and Wisma Perbandaran Majlis Perbandaran MPS.

It was launched by Sandakan Municipal Council president Datuk James Wong.

The trail covers routes to 11 historical sites Sandakan town, namely the Jamek Mosque, William Prayer Memorial, Sandakan War Monument, the 100-Step Staircase, Agnes Keith Home, Sandakan Heritage Museum, Sam Sing Kung Chinese Temple, St Michael Church, Malaysia Fountain, Wisma Warisan and the Tangga Lama.


Kota Belud IADA (Integrated Agriculture Development Area) use Japanese technology to boost rice yields

Posted on : 16-04-2017 | By : sabah today | In : Local

KOTA BELUD: About 32.3ha of rice land in Kampung Jawi-Jawi, here, serves as the first area to implement the use of technology and modern machinery from Japan to increase farmers’ rice yields.

Kota Belud Integrated Agriculture Development Area (IADA) director Salmah Labulla said the technology and modern machinery were similar to that used by Japanese farmers in their rice cultivation activities.

She said the approach would be implemented through a smart partnership between Kota Belud IADA and two private companies for a period of five years, with the first phase involving capital investments of RM2.5 million, which began last January.

She said the two companies were Alku Corporation, a company involved in the construction of agricultural machinery from Japan, and Semai Agro, a local service provider company.

“For the first phase, Kota Belud IADA allocated RM500,000, while the two companies invested RM2 million and provided the technology and modern machinery from Japan. They will help Kota Belud farmers to increase the yields of their rice, ” she told Bernama here recently.

Salmah also said that said six Japanese experts in each field namely drainage, area mapping, land preparation and harvesting, were at hand and given roles and responsibilities to ensure the success of the effort, apart from providing seven tractors and 20 implements, namely equipment for plowing and leveling the ground.


Kudat, Sabah’s latest tourism icon

Posted on : 12-04-2017 | By : sabah today | In : Local

Getting to know the Rungus ethnic community is the perfect introduction to Sabah’s northernmost district of Kudat and its array of tourism offerings.
Their unique traditional handicrafts and cultural dances aside, they are the only indigenous group in this state who dwell in longhouses.

Kudat is also known for its fresh seafood, as well as Tanjung Simpang Mengayau – dubbed the Tip of Borneo – which affords stunning views when the sun sets over the horizon, where the South China Sea meets the Sulu Sea.

About 80,000 to 100,000 domestic and international tourists visit Kudat annually, but the local tourism authorities are confident that visitor arrivals will swell once the Sabah Pan Borneo Highway is completed.

The project includes the RM2.5 billion 130-kilometre coastal highway from Tuaran to Kudat which, when completed in five years time, is expected to cut travelling time between Kota Kinabalu and Kudat by half to one and a half hours.

“We expect the new road to boost Kudat’s economy and tourism industry,” predicted Kudat district officer, Sapdin Ibrahim.

Speaking to reporters participating in the 2017 Sabah Media Tour from March 23 to 26, organised by the Information Department, he said preparations were already underway to build the necessary infrastructure and facilities to lure more tourists to the northern part of Sabah.

Kudat’s population comprises the Bajau Ubian (mostly fishermen living in the coastal areas), Rungus, Suluk, Murut and Dusun ethnic groups, besides the Chinese and Malay communities.

Usually, tourists make a beeline for the longhouses belonging to the Rungus, who are mostly farmers and make up 15 percent of Kudat’s population of 119,200.

Each longhouse represents an entire village, with each family allocated a room. At night, the parents and their daughters sleep inside the room while their sons sleep outdoors. The village head usually stays in the room right in the middle of the longhouse.

One of the doors at the longhouse is kept closed but in the event of a death, it is opened to allow the body to be carried out of the longhouse.

The Rungus natives collect one of Kudat’s best honey and are also skilled in the art of making crafts like beads and gongs, which are sought after by tourists.

Tanjung Simpang Mengayau, a scenic sleepy hollow located about 25 km from Kudat town, is the pride of the people of Kudat as it is located at the tip of the island of Borneo, the third-largest island in the world.

Sapdin said any visit to Kudat would not be completed without a trip to Borneo’s northernmost point, also dubbed the Horn of Sabah.


Sabah first to launch policy on environment

Posted on : 12-04-2017 | By : sabah today | In : Local

KOTA KINABALU: Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman launched the Sabah State Policy on the Environment during the 14th State Assembly Sitting here yesterday, making Sabah the first state to have initiated the formulation of the policy.

The policy outlines strategies and action plans based on five thematic aspects of the environment, namely land, air, water, biodiversity and social dimension.

To ensure effective implementation of the policy, the state government through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment has just completed 83 strategies and 195 action plans based on the thematic aspects.

The action plans for the Sabah State Policy on the Environment will be implemented for 15 years from 2018 to 2033.

The policy outlines three objectives, namely to provide a vision for environmental conditions and standards, an environmental framework for regulatory mechanisms, and guidance for all decision makers and implementing agencies in the execution of the mandates and duties.

The policy principles are based on clean air, healthy rivers and forests, productive land, bountiful seas and cohesive communities.

To ensure relevancy, the policy includes up-to-date global concepts and values such as a green economy, balanced production and consumption, preservation of environmental and cultural heritage, protection of biodiversity, participation in global efforts for carbon balancing and other aspects of good governance.

Musa said the state’s policy on the environment was an important landmark for Sabah in managing the environment and its natural resources.

“It is formulated to take into account the importance of environmental stewardship and for the state of Sabah to practise environmental governance. The formulation of the policy is timely for Sabah, in view of the necessities to improve environmental performance in all sectors of the state economy as well as the society.

“The state’s robust economic developments have depended closely on the utilisation of natural resources which has brought immense benefits to  society. Thus, the state government has continuously endeavoured to harmonise the escalating challenges in the management of the environment and the natural resources,” he said.

Musa added that the environmental problems faced today were increasingly complex and required a broader cross sectoral and societal response.

He said he was proud to announce that Sabah was the first state to have initiated the formulation of the State Environmental Policy after the National Policy on the Environment was adopted in 2002.

The processes of getting views and opinions from all stakeholders started as early as 2011 and the policy formulation process completed in 2014.

The state will continue to gear up as Sabah’s abundant natural resources and the environment are very delicate, thus requiring complete sets of strategic planning, management and implementation.

“The policy serves as guidance for our Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment and other related ministries to carry out our respective responsibilities in managing the state’s natural resources and environmental affairs.”

With clear policy objectives, he urged all parties to work closely together to ensure successful implementation of the policy for the people of Sabah.

He congratulated the Environment Protection Department, an agency under the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment for the successful formulation of the timely policy.

“I note that the policy will form as catalyst to make the state of Sabah a liveable state based on its strategic location, high diversity natural resources, cultures and heritage of the people and a clean and healthy environment,” Musa said.


24,697 employed with help from job Portal

Posted on : 11-04-2017 | By : sabah today | In : Local

THE Resource Development and Information Technology Ministry, through the Sabah Job Centre, has implemented several programs which focussed on helping unemployed youths get jobs.

Its assistant minister, Datuk Hamisa Samat, said that among the programs were getting employers and job seekers registered in Job Portal (joblink.sabah.gov.my), strengthening human capital, mindset transformation camps and encouraging the use of Wisma Bandaraya as the interview venue for employers registered with the Job Portal.

According to her as of today, 24,697 job seekers have found employment through the Job Portal where 1,865 employers had registered.

On the program to strengthen human capital, Hamisa said that a total of 4,716 youths had managed to secure jobs in the private sector through the program.

She said this when replying to Sebatik assemblyman Datuk Muis Picho.

Meanwhile Kapayan assemblyman Dr Edwin Bosi suggested that the State Government help out jobless youths by giving them free driving licence and loans to purchase cars so that they could become Uber drivers and earn an income.

Youth and Sport Minister Datuk Tawfiq Abu Bakar Titingan in reply to the suggestion said that it was a good one and would be given consideration.

He also said that the unemployment rate last year increased to five per cent and this could be caused by the closing down of a few oil and gas companies affected by the low oil price.


Professional Conference Management Program in KK

Posted on : 10-04-2017 | By : sabah today | In : Local

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah’s first Professional Conference Management Programme will be held in Kota Kinabalu from the 26th to the 28th of this month at Hotel Grandis.

“As Sabah is embarking on serious conference business with the completion of the Sabah International Convention Centre (SICC) soon, Sabah Tourism is pleased to be part of the upcoming Professional Conference Management programme with MACEOS. We hope the private and public sectors will take full advantage of this program to equip themselves for the next phase of tourism in Sabah,” said Gordon Yap, general manager of Sabah Tourism Board.

The three-day training programme, a joint collaboration between Malaysian Association of Convention and Exhibition Organizers and Suppliers (MACEOS) and Singapore Association of Conventions and Exhibition Organisers and Suppliers (SACEOS), will equip participants with practical applications of concepts in organising conferences as well as the necessary skills to deliver professional world-class conferences. Areas ranging from conference planning, development, marketing, bidding techniques and more will be presented and discussed over the course of the PCM programme.

The PCM programme is also recognized by the Conventions Industry Council (CIC) of USA and carries 23 CEU units to prepare participants who wish to upgrade to be a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP), a worldwide recognized accreditation. The PCM Certificate Ceremony will be officiated by Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment Datuk Seri Panglima Masidi Manjun.

The programme is exclusively limited to 25 participants to allow better group synergy, discussion and interaction. Hotels with MICE facilities, tour operators, venue operators and suppliers, DMCs, event organizers and planners, academicians and lecturers in events management, entrepreneurs and business managers are encouraged to join.

Registration is open to all at RM2500 for non MACEOS members and RM2000 for MACEOS members. Interested participants can register in the official website www.maceos.com.my. For more information, email secretariat@maceos.com.my or call 012-640 6106.


SME products for 50 Sabah shops this year

Posted on : 10-04-2017 | By : sabah today | In : Local

KOTA KINABALU– The state government plans to bring small and medium enterprise (SME) products to 50 shops statewide with a target sale of more than RM50 million this year.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Raymond Tan Shu Kiah said the state government was also targeting to rope in 100 SMEs to enter 200 products into supermarkets, sundry shops and convenience stores statewide.

Tan who is also state Industrial Development Minister said the ministry brought 42 SME products to a local supermarket chain in the west coast, last year.

He was responding to Datuk Au Kam Wah (BN-Elopura) during the question and answer session at the Sabah State Legislative Assembly here, today.

Au wanted to know about the state government’s plans and efforts to stimulate light industry in the state and incentives given to local SMEs.

Tan said the National Small and Medium Enterprise Development Council had accepted the state government’s proposal to develop the Supply Chain Shared Services and Outsourcing Centre (SSO) concept to vitalise the SME industry in the state.

According to him, the concept was a public and private sector initiative to provide a platform for end to end supply chain management solutions in terms of production facility, storage services for dry and frozen goods and logistics services.

“Such programme will assist SME entrepreneurs in logistics, packaging, storage and delivery to shops, where the SSO would help in managing sale, promotion and payment process for SME entrepreneurs.

“The concept is seen as capable of increasing sale and income of operators consistently and help them to be self reliant rather than depend on government assistance and incentive,” he said.


Researchers present findings on traditional medicine

Posted on : 06-04-2017 | By : sabah today | In : Local

KOTA KINABALU: After four years of research, professors from three renowned local universities presented their findings during a colloquium at Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) here yesterday, entitled ‘Multicultural Heritage of Traditional Medicine in Malaysia,’

Featuring experts in traditional medicine research, the colloquium discussed traditional medicine originating from various cultures in the country.

Organising chairperson, UMS Associate Professor Dr Low Kok On, said that the five sessions highlighted topics on traditional medicine in general and also in Islamic, Chinese, Indian and Sabahan ethnic cultures.

“We have professors and researchers from the National University of Malaysia (UKM), University of Science Malaysia (USM) and of course UMS itself.

“The topics discussed are ‘Traditional Medicine in the 21st Century’ by Professor Dr Hashim Awang, ‘The Bridge Between Modern Medicine and Islamic Complementary Medicine’ by Professor Dr Supyan Hussin, ‘Future Trend of Traditional Chinese Medicine’ by Dr Yam Mun Fei, ‘Thaipusam: The Power to Evoke Spirituality and Faith Healing Through a Series of Ritualistic Practices’ by Dr Mumtaz Aboo Backer and ‘Ethnomedicines in Sabah: A Present Status’ by Julius Kulip,” he said.

Dr Low added that the colloquium was organised by the Borneo Heritage Research Unit and made possible by a grant of a whopping RM7 million from the Ministry of Higher Education.

He explained that researchers received the lucrative grant as the study involved a total of six major public universities in the country and took about four years to complete.

“Now, we are nearing the end of the research programme and we’re closing it off with this colloquium.

“From the grant, the study has resulted in the publication of over 20 titles, not including international journals and seminars held abroad, which are all related to this project,” said Dr Low.

Malaysia’ colloquium.



Posted on : 06-04-2017 | By : sabah today | In : Local

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah has enjoyed political stability, progress and prosperity under the leadership of Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Haji Aman.

“The state government led by him (Chief Minister) constantly works hard and make effort to ensure long-term and short-term agendas are carried out and the objectives achieved,” Head of State, Tun Haji Juhar Haji Mahiruddin said in his policy speech when opening First Meeting of the Fifth Term of the 14th State Legislative Assembly here, yesterday.

He also said under Musa’s leadership, the state government has succeeded in its efforts to strengthen the economy and improve the people’s quality of life.

“I am confident that these efforts as well and the implementation of development programmes this year will make Sabah even more resilient in the face of challenges,” he said.

The Governor added that the state government was committed to maintaining its excellent performance achieved during the 10th Malaysia Plan (10MP) period.

He said among the achievements were positive growth momentum and stable gross domestic product (GDP). Tun Juhar said in 2015, for example, Sabah achieved a GDP growth of 6.1 per cent worth RM70.4 billion compared with RM59.3 billion in 2011.

“This represents an increase of 19 per cent,” he said, adding that it was among the highest in the country. The Governor also said the state’s positive growth momentum was boosted by foreign trade performance. Sabah, he said, also reported a trade surplus of RM8 billion annually during the five-year 10MP period. “Apart from that, household income also increased, surpassing RM4,879 in 2014 compared with RM4,013 in 2012,” he said.

And, according toTun Juhar, Sabah’s unemployment rate dipped to five per cent in 2015 from 5.6 per cent in 2011.

“Many will agree with me that Sabah is fortunate as it is strategically located, blessed with natural wonders and its people of various backgrounds live in peace and harmony,” he said. Tun Juhar also said the government endeavoured to reduce the poverty rate from four per cent in 2014 to one per cent before the end of 11th Malaysia Plan (1 IMP).

He said the government would continue to carry out various projects, such as ‘Mini Estet Sejahtera’ (Mesej) and Hardcore Development Programme (PPRT) farm projects under the Rural Transformation Programme to improve the income of the rural population.

“The increase in the price of key commodities such as rubber and palm oil are also expected to increase the income of participants in these projects,” he said.

Meanwhile, Tun Juhar hailed the state government’s endeavour to achieve this year’s revenue target and to strengthen state finances.


State’s progress best achieved via negotiation and goodwill

Posted on : 03-04-2017 | By : sabah today | In : Local

Kota Kinabalu: It is the State Government’s policy to pursue Sabah’s constitutional rights with Federal, but this has to be done through negotiation and the spirit of goodwill.

“My approach is always to maintain a strong working Federal-State relationship.

“This close relationship is needed for a better future,” Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman (pic) said at the inaugural Rotary Lectures organised by the Rotary Club of Kinabalu, last Sunday.

“Sabah needs better infrastructure and facilities such as hospitals and government clinics, schools, universities as well as for provision of water and electricity, including assets to maintain our security.”

While thanking Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak for always listening to Sabah’s requests, he stressed that more is still needed especially in terms of infrastructure development and public utilities.

“But everything still has to boil down to a strong and close relationship with the Federal Government.

“It must be maintained well into the future if Sabah is going to have major improvements in its socio-economic development. This close relationship is evident with the progress that we see around us,” he said, citing the construction of the Pan Borneo Highway as one great example of how a road network will enhance quality and accessibility as well as connectivity between regions.

He reiterated that the implementation of the network of roads will stimulate economic growth in surrounding areas and spur development of the State.

The Sabah Stretch of the highway will cost almost RM13 billion, covering a distance of 730km from Sindumin all the way to Tawau.

He pledged that Sabah will continue to work together to strengthen the Malaysian federation and ensure that the people in the State will always benefit from numerous development programmes.