Budget Revision: Full text of Prime Minister’s speech

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January 20, 2015

SPECIAL REMARKS BY

YAB DATO’ SRI MOHD. NAJIB BIN TUN HAJI ABDUL RAZAK

PRIME MINISTER OF MALAYSIA

SPECIAL ADDRESS ON CURRENT DEVELOPMENTS AND GOVERNMENT’S FINANCIAL POSITION

Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim

Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh dan Salam 1 Malaysia

YAB Tan Sri Muhyidin Yassin

Timbalan Perdana Menteri

YB Dato’ Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah

Menteri Kewangan Kedua

YBhg. Tan Sri Dr. Ali Hamsa

Ketua Setiausaha Negara 4

BR1M payment begins jan 15

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January 14, 2015
PUTRAJAYA: Payment of the 1Malaysia People’s Aid (BR1M) for 2015 will begin on Thursday (Jan 15), Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Ahmad Maslan said yesterday.

At the same time, he dismissed reports over the social media and smartphone applications that the payment began last Sunday.

Unite to build better Sabah – CM

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January 1, 2015

KOTA KINABALU: Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman has urged Malaysians in Sabah not to be drawn into the agendas of certain quarters who claim that the state is being mistreated by the Federal Government.

Calls for Sabah to pull out of the federation of Malaysia are irresponsible, and must not be tolerated, he stressed in his New Year 2015 message.

Najib orders cabinet ministers vacationing abroad to return

Posted on : 29-12-2014 | By : sabah today | In : News

December 29, 2014
KUALA LIPIS: Cabinet ministers who are on vacation overseas have been ordered to return home to mount operations to assist flood victims.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the directive was issued yesterday morning and the ministers concerned were now making preparations to return to Malaysia.
“This decision was made so that they could work to assist in the flood rescue and relief operations,” he told a news conference after visiting the flood relief centre at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Padang Tengku, here, yesterday.
Earlier, Najib who visited some flood-hit areas in Pahang, also dropped by at the relief centre in Sekolah Kebangsaan Clifford.
Meanwhile, Najib said the flood situation was improving with the flood relief centres in Kedah already closed, thus enabling the assets, and rescue workers and security forces on duty in Kedah to be mobilised to the states still hit by floods.
On his visit, he said he was satistied with the good running of the flood relief centres, with enough food and other forms of assistance given to the victims.
“I thank all those who assist in the flood rescue and relief operations,” he said. — Bernama
(Source: The Borneo Post)
December 29, 2014
KUALA LIPIS: Cabinet ministers who are on vacation overseas have been ordered to return home to mount operations to assist flood victims.

Najib announces RM500 million in aid of flood victims

Posted on : 28-12-2014 | By : sabah today | In : News

December 28, 2014
KOTA BAHARU: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak yesterday announced a special aid of RM500 million for flood victims in the states affected by the disaster.
He said the funds would be managed fully by the National Security Council (MKN) and it would be disbursed after the conclusion of the floods.
“The aid will be distributed through the MKN based on the criteria to be specified,” he told reporters after making an observation by air in the districts severely affected by the floods such as Tumpat and Tanah Merah.
Najib also announced that the payment of the 1Malaysia People’s Aid (BR1M), which is scheduled for disbursement at the end of January, would be speeded up to the middle of the month.
In addition, in a move to ease the burden of the people affected, the prime minister also urged the financial institutions and agencies managing loan funds to reschedule the repayment period of the borrowers.
Commenting further, Najib said the RM500 million fund consisted of aid for victims whose homes and vehicles were damaged by the floods.  However, he said the fund did not include the allocation to be specified later to repair damages to educational institutions, government buildings, mosques, surau and others.
“The JKR (Public Works Department) will coordinate repair works (on public infrastructure) that need to be done as soon as the floods have subsided,” he said.
He pointed out that all assistance must be carried out at the maximum level possible by everyone, including the government agencies concerned.
Najib said he was informed by the MKN that the disaster this time was very serious because certain locations that were not affected by the floods in the past were badly affected this time.
“I am told that the situation is most critical where the water level is still rising in some areas, and there are also areas that were never flooded previously but are now facing serious floods.
“And there are areas where the people (residents) had to flee to hill tops and hill slopes…and (there are) flood relief centres that are suddenly created because the flood situation this time is beyond expectation,” he added.
In this context, Najib hoped all the agencies involved would ensure that focus was fully given to rescue efforts and providing aid to the flood victims.
“I strongly hope for cooperation from everyone to ensure that in the first phase we can concentrate on rescue efforts and providing aid such as food, blankets, mats, candles and so on,” he said.
The Prime Minister drew attention to the more critical situation because the water level was very high with very strong current besides the disruption in power supply.
“This means that clean water supply too cannot be delivered and flood victims at the temporary relief centres had to endure darkness without electric supply,” he said.
On whether the federal government would declare a disaster emergency for Kelantan, Najib said for the time being there was still no necessity for it after taking into consideration the implication involved.
“If the government announces an emergency, the implications that will arise include the insurance companies being absolved from paying compensation…and compensation arising from damages to property and vehicles is enormous.
“That’s why if we declare (an emergency), this means it includes the ‘force majeure’ category, and insurance companies need not pay compensation (in this case),” he said.
In addition, the prime minister said all efforts had been intensified fully as though the situation was an emergency, and the relevant agencies had been directed to further enhance rescue efforts and increase aid.
Asked on the estimated value of damages throughout the country as a result of the disaster, he said an evaluation could not be done yet as the flood had  not fully receded.
At the same media conference, Najib said that he was proud and thankful for the strong commitment and sacrifice shown by all members of the security forces and civil service who had been working during the disaster. — Bernama
(Source: The Borneo Post)
December 28, 2014
KOTA BAHARU: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak yesterday announced a special aid of RM500 million for flood victims in the states affected by the disaster.
He said the funds would be managed fully by the National Security Council (MKN) and it would be disbursed after the conclusion of the floods.

Unity will continue to bring progress — Musa

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December 25, 2014
KOTA KINABALU: Unity is the key to the state’s continued progress and development, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman said.
Musa, in his Christmas message, said it is therefore imperative for all Malaysians in Sabah to remain united and strive to bring the state to greater heights.
Sabah, he said, can be proud of the fact that it has, over the decades, risen beyond differences that come with diversity, focusing instead on similarities.
“Together, we must continue to strive to bring Sabah to new and greater heights.
We can only achieve this if we remain united, and not allow for trust and mutual respect that we have for another to be eroded with time.
“I fear that if we allow for hatred and suspicion to seep into what we have built in terms of unity, we will be on the losing end.
We need Malaysians in Sabah to be resilient and strong so that we can build this state together, and generate a better standard of living for all.
For Sabah to become competitive in Malaysia and within the region, we must stand together.
“We cannot take for granted the peace and unity that we enjoy today.We must not allow hidden agendas or political reasons to disrupt what Sabah and Malaysia are built on,” he said and pointed
out that there are some irresponsible quarters that would do anything to sow feelings of distrust with the aim of tearing the fabric that has held us all together.
Musa stressed that the government of the day under the leadership of Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak has continuously pushed for not just tolerance, but acceptance of diversity in race and religions.
The interests of every Malaysian must be taken care of, and we must respect each other despite holding different beliefs, cultures and traditions, he said.
He also said that as with other festivities, Christmas is an occasion for friends and relatives to visit one another to exchange greetings and strengthen bonds.
The warmth that Malaysians are known for is reflected in the way everyone is welcomed at open houses, he said adding, “despite being diverse in terms of faith and culture, we bridge our differences through common values and our love for peace and harmony, and our undivided resolve to see this country succeed further in years to come.
“It is my hope that open houses continue to be held in their true spirit of fostering oneness, and not act as platforms to pursue political goals,” he said.
There are other platforms to bring up issues related to politics.
“In celebrating this joyous occasion, let us remember the less fortunate and do our bit by lending a hand.
I am pleased to note that many continue to spread Christmas cheer at welfare homes, orphanages and centres for the disabled.
Kind-hearted people take time off their hectic schedules to share Christmas joy, in line with our pledge to be a society that cares for all.
“On behalf of my wife Faridah Haji Tussin and our family, I wish to extend Christmas greetings to Christians in Sabah, and in Malaysia.
Malaysians from all walks of life are once again exchanging greetings during this celebration, based on a solid foundation in unity,” he said.
Musa added that as Malaysians, we join relatives, friends and neighbours in welcoming diverse festivities, an accepted way of life that those who fought hard for independence and later the formation of Malaysia would be proud of.
“I also want to take this opportunity to thank our security forces, many of whom leave their families for extended periods so that we can continue to live in peace.
Security measures such as the Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCom) and Eastern Sabah Security Zone (ESSZone) provide confidence we need to ensure further economic growth, with steps taken regularly to improve on Standard Operating Procedures.
Spin-offs from economic activities are providing jobs and better opportunities for the people, improving livelihoods in the process,” he said.
(Source: The Borneo Post)
December 25, 2014
KOTA KINABALU: Unity is the key to the state’s continued progress and development, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman said.

Unity will continue to bring progress — Musa

Posted on : 25-12-2014 | By : sabah today | In : News

December 25, 2014

KOTA KINABALU: Unity is the key to the state’s continued progress and development, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman said.

Musa, in his Christmas message, said it is therefore imperative for all Malaysians in Sabah to remain united and strive to bring the state to greater heights.

Najib: Celebrate Christmas in harmony, respect

Posted on : 25-12-2014 | By : sabah today | In : News

December 25, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR:Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has called on Malaysians to once again come together in the spirit of harmony, acceptance and respect in celebrating Christmas today.

Malaysia’s gdp to grow by 5.8 pct this year, says research firms

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December 23, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s real gross domestic product (GDP) growth is likely to expand by 5.8 per cent year-on-year (y-o-y) in 2014 and five per cent next year, said Affin Hwang Capital.

In a note yesterday, the research house said the estimation was made after taking into account the strong expansion of 6.4 per cent registered in the first half of 2014.

RM224m gift for cancer patients

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December 23, 2014
KOTA KINABALU: Over 200 new cancer cases are reported in Sabah yearly and this justifies the setting up of the RM224 million Nuclear Medicine, Radiotherapy and Oncology Centre, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman said, Monday.
Thanking the Federal Government and Health Ministry, in particular, for making the facility available, he said it would provide more convenience and comfort to people in the State suffering from cancer.
“Previously, we did not have such a public facility and those in Sabah had to rely on Sabah Medical Centre (SMC) or were sent to the peninsula or Sarawak for treatment. This was very time-consuming and inconvenient, apart from being costly for patients and family members,” he said, when opening the centre at the Women and Children Hospital in Likas.
Musa said this was another proof that the Barisan Nasional (BN) Government, through the Health Ministry, continuously strives to provide the best facilities and services for the convenience of people, including cancer patients, in Sabah.
He was impressed with the state-of-the-art equipment during a tour inside accompanied by Health Ministry Director-General Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, State Health Director Dr Christina Rundi and hospital and centre’s officials.
“The Government is always committed to developing and assisting people, specifically in Sabah. As a caring and responsible government, we will continue to double the effort to bring in more development for the wellbeing and prosperity of people in the State,” he said.
He urged the people to work hand-in-hand with the Government in ensuring every development project meant for the people is successfully completed for the benefit of all.
On the limited parking lots in the said hospital, Musa assured that the State Government through the Land and Survey Department would look into it. “I will talk with the Land and Survey Director immediately after this,” he told a press conference.
Meanwhile, Dr Noor Hisham said those diagnosed with cancer no longer need to go out of the State for treatment and follow-up treatments, as everything can be done here.
The Ministry also plans to increase the number of specialists, including oncologists, particularly Sabah.
He said for oncologists alone there are presently at least 100 serving in public and private hospitals, although only two in Sabah.
“The Ministry plans to increase the number of oncologists in Sabah so they can be posted permanently in the State,” he said.
(Source: Daily Express)
December 23, 2014
KOTA KINABALU: Over 200 new cancer cases are reported in Sabah yearly and this justifies the setting up of the RM224 million Nuclear Medicine, Radiotherapy and Oncology Centre, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman said, Monday.

Illegals, smuggling: 6 main factors

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December 22, 2014
KINABATANGAN: Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) Commander Datuk Abdul Rashid Harun (pic) has outlined six main contributing factors to smuggling activities and the entry of illegal immigrants in Sabah, particularly in the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (Esszone).
He said among the factors were the Esszone, including Kinabatangan’s close proximity to Indonesia and the Philippines and the lower price of goods in Malaysia than in these neighbouring countries.
He said Malaysia’s rapid economic growth which provided ample job opportunities with reasonable wages compared to their countries also contributed to the influx of foreign illegals into Sabah.
“Besides that, the wide sea area and State’s long coastal line of 1,777.3km from Kudat to Tawau also make control of smuggling activities and entry of illegals difficult.”
Abdul Rashid said this in his speech at the launching of the ‘Semarak Bersama Esscom’ programme at Dewan Sri Lamag Kinabatangan, here, Sunday.
Kinabatangan Member of Parliament Datuk Bung Mokhtar officiated at the programme aimed at establishing a network of cooperation between the local community leaders and Esscom.
Also present were Sabah Youth and Sports Assistant Minister Datuk Masiung Banah, who is also Kuamut Assemblyman, and Esscom Public Director Ruji Ubi.
Abdul Rashid said other contributing factors to the problems were the big number of islands off Sabah’s eastern coastline, which made it easy for smugglers and illegals to hide and then infiltrate, as well as the illegals’ family ties with the locals.
“We are aware that the kidnapping, smuggling and intrusion cases are of much concern to the people in Sabah’s east coast areas, especially in Semporna, Tawau, Kunak, Lahad Datu and Sandakan.
“Hence, Esscom is committed to tackling the problems, including drawing up strategies to ensure security and harmony in the Esszone,” he said.
Meanwhile, Bung Mokhtar urged the community in the Esszone to fully cooperate with Esscom in dealing with elements threatening Sabah’s security by acting as its “eyes and ears”.
“Security issue is the responsibility of all and not the security and law enforcement agencies’ alone. We don’t want our own people to be in cahoots with illegals and not report their presence in the state to the authorities,” he said.
He also urged the people in Sabah not to be influenced by irresponsible reported calls on social media from instigators wanting to take Sabah out of the federation of Malaysia.
(Source: The Borneo Post)
December 22, 2014
KINABATANGAN: Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) Commander Datuk Abdul Rashid Harun (pic) has outlined six main contributing factors to smuggling activities and the entry of illegal immigrants in Sabah, particularly in the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (Esszone).

RM72m to develop 5,000 bumiputera human capital, Najib

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19 DECEMBER 2014
PUTRAJAYA: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today announced that the Yayasan Peneraju Pendidikan Bumiputera will allocate RM72 million for the development of about 5,000 Bumiputeras next year.
He said 500 of them would receive scholarships through the ‘Peneraju Tunas’ scheme; 3,500 through the ‘Peneraju Skil’ scheme and between 800 and 1,000 through the ‘Peneraju Profesional’ scheme that would include 500 pursuing accounting programmes.
The accounting programmes would encompass basic certification programmes such as CAT, CFAB, CAB-CIMA and professional certification programmes such as ACCA, CIMA, CPA Australia, ICAEW and MICPA-ICAA, he told a news conference after chairing a meeting of the Yayasan Peneraju board of trustees here.
Najib also said that the foundation would look into the second wave of scholarships to be given out between 2015 and 2017.
“Applications have been made for allocations. We will announce the subsequent programmes,” he said.
International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed and Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah also attended the meeting as members of the board. Also present was foundation chief executive Raja Azura Raja Mahayuddin.
Yayasan Peneraju began operations in February 2012 with the objective of fulfilling the government aspiration to ensure that Bumiputeras can be competitive and contribute to national economic growth to enable Malaysia achieve developed nation status by 2020.
It is a trust fund established to ensure that the capability and expertise of Bumiputeras continue to be developed to enable them to be competitive on a global scale.
Yayasan Peneraju is a component of the Bumiputera Economic Transformation Roadmap under the Economic Planning Unit of the Prime Minister’s Department.
Najib, who is the finance minister, said more than 4,000 people had received the first wave of scholarships, up to this year, under the Peneraju Tunas, Peneraju Skil and Peneraju Profesional schemes since the foundation started operations. -Bernama
(Source: New Straits Times)
19 DECEMBER 2014
PUTRAJAYA: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today announced that the Yayasan Peneraju Pendidikan Bumiputera will allocate RM72 million for the development of about 5,000 Bumiputeras next year.

Malaysia can achieve target of being high-income nation by 2020 — World Bank

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December 18, 2014
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia will be able to achieve its target to become a high-income nation by 2020, said World Bank country director for South-East Asia, East Asia and Pacific Region, Ulrich Zachau.
Zachau said the country has used its rich natural resources and high economic growth to lift millions of households out of absolute poverty.
“It now has the opportunity to transform from a middle-income country to a middle class society, fulfilling the aspirations of lower-income families and workers to join a dynamic, better-educated, higher-earning middle class that is already becoming the engine of Malaysia’s economic growth,” he said.
Ulrich said this at the launch of World Bank’s 11th Edition of the Malaysia Economic Monitor, December 2014: Towards a Middle Class Society’ here yesterday.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Seri Abdul Wahid Omar, launched the report.
The Malaysia Economic Monitor supports enlarging the middle class as critical to reducing income inequality and promoting shared prosperity in Malaysia.
According to the report, Malaysia has in many ways become a success story in shared prosperity.
In the past 40 years, the country drew on its natural resources to nearly eradicate absolute poverty to one per cent in 2014 from 49 per cent in 1970, it said.
The report said Malaysia now needed to take on the challenge of moving ‘aspirational’ households, now the largest group in society, to the middle class.
“The aspirational group is largely urban and has smaller families than poor or vulnerable families, but most lack post-secondary education,” it said.
Nevertheless, it said, the group has relatively stable jobs and enjoyed good material conditions.
It said Malaysia could also make fuller use of tax and transfers to reduce inequality.
“Malaysia’s tax system has progressive features and government transfers help reduce poverty — thanks to transfers, almost 50,000 households have been lifted from absolute poverty in 2014,” it said. — Bernama
(Source: The Borneo Post)
December 18, 2014
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia will be able to achieve its target to become a high-income nation by 2020, said World Bank country director for South-East Asia, East Asia and Pacific Region, Ulrich Zachau.

JCI Tanjung Aru pays courtesy visit to DCM Raymond

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December 14, 2014

KOTA KINABALU: A group of Junior Chamber International (JCI) Tanjung Aru members led by the organizing chairlady Ms Nina Liaw, current president Mr Alvis Loo and incoming president Mr Abby Tan paid a courtesy visit to Deputy Chief Minister cum Industrial Development Minister Datuk Raymond Tan Shu Kiah at his office recently.

MUSA: ACTION ON ILLEGALS MUST BE SWIFT, EFFECTIVE

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11th December, 2014
KOTA KINABALU: Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Haji Aman said drastic measures would be taken to tackle the illegal immigrant issue with focus on detention and deportation as well as preventing the illegal entry of foreigners.
He said this was agreed during the State Security Working Committee (SSWC) and Eastern Sabah Security Zone (ESSZONE) meetings which he chaired here yesterday.
Musa, who is also chairman of SSWC and ESSCOM (Eastern Sabah Security Command), said he had emphasised during the meetings that action taken on illegal immigrants must be swift and effective.
On detention and deportation, he said: “We have looked into details of several aspects that need improvement in the existing operations of the relevant agencies and have agreed to reintroduce Operasi Bersepadu immediately”.
According to him, he has instructed that pre-operation preparedness be implemented at the quickest possible time to strengthen the operation that would be carried out.
This includes:
1 – Increasing the capacity of temporary detention centres which are only able to hold 5,000 people at any one time. The drastic action suggested is to identify locations and suitable buildings that can be renovated and gazetted as temporary detention Centres to ensure that capacity to detain can be increased without the delay that would come with building new centres.
2 – Review and improve the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) related to the process of deporting and sending home illegal immigrants. This includes aspects like remanding, investigating, documenting and the deportation schedule. While the current SOP has been improved from an average of six months to two months, this period is still viewed as lengthy and one that requires high operation cost in terms of providing meals to detainees, maintenance and security. The improvement of this SOP will require negotiations and cooperation from the country of origin as commitment is needed from them in reducing the time it takes to deport the detainees.
A Special Task Force chaired by the State Secretary has been set up to follow up on the above items, and to head the implementation of Operasi Bersepadu.
“At the same time, I urge all quarters especially employers to ensure that their workers have valid documents and work permits.
“Community leaders, village headmen and village security and development committee heads are instructed to give their cooperation to security agencies by providing information on illegal immigrants in their respective areas.
“Action will be taken against those who harbour illegal immigrants. Do not blame the government if it takes action as reminders have been issued over the years,” the Chief Minister pointed out.
And on preventing the entry of illegal immigrants, Musa said they have agreed to extend the current strategy of imposing curfew in the ESSZONE areas.
This initiative, he said, would be strengthened with the suggestion of a new strategy to gazette islands used by illegal immigrants and criminals as restricted areas.
“This strategy is important as islands within the ESSZONE waters are among locations for cross- border crime including smuggling, kidnapping and hiding of illegal immigrants before they enter Sabah. There are over 360 islands in ESSZONE, and 83 of them are located in Semporna.
And, as a matter of principle, we have also agreed to embark on the strategy to gazette targeted islands as restricted areas by implementing this on a recce basis at identified islands.
“The implementation of this strategy will depend on a study that will be carried out by an Action Committee.
“Similar to the curfew strategy, we are confident that the restricted area strategy will create a significant impact in our agenda to curb the entry of illegal immigrants. This will in turn assist the government in overcoming the issue of illegal immigrants which is our main focus in the near future,” Musa added.
Among those present during the meetings were State Secretary Tan Sri Sukarti Wakiman, Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Jalaludidn Abdul Rahman and ESSCOM commander Datuk Abdul Rashid Harun.
(Source: New Sabah Times)
11th December, 2014
KOTA KINABALU: Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Haji Aman said drastic measures would be taken to tackle the illegal immigrant issue with focus on detention and deportation as well as preventing the illegal entry of foreigners.