Govt striving to improve security, says Musa

Posted on : 28-07-2014 | By : sabah today | In : News

July 28, 2014
KOTA KINABALU: Security, especially that affecting the state, is a serious matter, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman said.
“It should, however, not be used by certain groups to gain political mileage either. At a time like this, we must band together and offer solutions, instead of hurling criticisms,” Musa said in his message to Malaysians in Sabah in conjunction with the Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebration which starts today.
Musa pointed out that the issue of security is one that has been widely debated, more so in the past years, and the government understands the concerns and frustrations raised by the people, as security is something that cannot be compromised in order for the state to function effectively.
“Let me assure you that we are working hard to find solutions and to come up with strategies to improve security in Sabah, especially in the east coast. I wish to seek the cooperation of Malaysians in Sabah to not harbor those who have bad intentions and to immediately inform security forces if there are individuals or groups that behave in a suspicious manner.
“I also wish to thank the Armed Forces, Police and other security agencies, including the Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCom) for your challenging work in keeping Sabah as safe as possible. I am aware that many of you are working during this festive season, and I hope you will soon have a chance to meet your families, and enjoy a belated celebration,” he said.
Musa also pointed out that in Sabah, the people are determined to strive for excellence and the fact that the state is a melting pot of diverse cultures, backgrounds and faiths has led it to emerge as a state that is able to effectively contribute to Malaysia’s growth.
“We must strengthen unity, work with another, and respect each other even when we differ in opinion over certain matters. Let us find common platforms to seek solutions whenever there is a need to discuss difficult issues,” he said.
Sabah, as a state, and Malaysia, as a nation, have each gone through decades of change, Musa said, adding that those who came and led before us have made many sacrifices, and it was their wish to see Malaysia stay strong and stay united.
He lamented that it is troubling that there are certain quarters that are bent on destroying what has been built over the years.
“In a multi-racial society, we must respect and support one another, and we cannot allow any group or individual to undermine those deep bonds that we have. Unity and harmony must not be sacrificed to meet the agendas of a few,” he said.
According to the Chief Minister, Sabah is seeing continued growth through the effective implementation of programmes that also benefit the people by increasing income levels, including in the rural areas. The Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) and the Sabah Development Corridor (SDC) remain on track, with the focus on some key areas such as oil and gas, and the downstream processing of palm oil is starting to show results.
The focus on agriculture, tourism and manufacturing as stated in our Halatuju or State Development Agenda are serving as the backbone of Federal Government-led programmes, and are proof that the state government has made the right decision when these target sectors were identified over a decade ago.
In tandem with economic growth, the state government, he said, is focusing efforts on improving infrastructure, reducing poverty, and in ensuring that every qualified school leaver has access to higher education through the introduction of training centres and relevant places of learning statewide.
“Skilled and knowledgeable workers will assist Sabah in becoming a state that is competitive within Malaysia and the Southeast Asian region,” he said.
“While we rejoice during this celebration, we must also remember the less fortunate. I am pleased that various groups and individuals continue to bring cheer to those who are disadvantaged. Through Berbuka Puasa events, and presentation of Duit Raya or gifts in the form of hampers and clothing, you have kept the spirit of giving alive.
“Once again, on behalf of my wife and family, I wish the people in Sabah ‘Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri Maaf Zahir dan Batin’,” said Musa.
(Source:The Borneo Post)
July 28, 2014
KOTA KINABALU: Security, especially that affecting the state, is a serious matter, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman said.

Coup for Najib over deal to secure black boxes and remains

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

July 23, 2014

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

Raymond praises PM for manner in dealing with MH17

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

July 23, 2014

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

MH17: Anwar applauds Govt’s handling of tragedy

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

July 23, 2014

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

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

DUSK TO DAWN EAST COAST CURFEW

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

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

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

GLICs, GLCs to provide RM7 bln business opportunities

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

July 18, 2014

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

All exports zero-rated under GST regime

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

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

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

No plan to build LNG plant, says Musa

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

July 17, 2014

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

SABAH RECEIVED RM25.852bn

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

17th July, 2014

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

Sabah still has pockets of poverty: EPU

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

July 15, 2014

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

Assembly okays additional RM420.7 mil

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

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

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

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

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

Oil royalty issue discussed directly – PM

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

July 13, 2014

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

MUSA HAS RAISED ISSUE OF OIL ROYALTIES – PM

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

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

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

Sabah grateful to Najib for huge devt allocation

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

13th July, 2014
KOTA KINABALU: The State government is thankful to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak for approving huge allocation to carry out development in Sabah.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Haji Aman said apart from the annual and five-year Malaysian Plan allocation, Sabah also received special funding such as the RM250 million to build the Sabah International Convention Centre which is currently taking shape here, RM450 million for construction of the container terminal at the Palm Oil Industrial Cluster (POIC) in Lahad Datu and RM100 million to repair damaged roads.