A united show of patriotism

Posted on : 01-09-2014 | By : sabah today | In : News

1 September 2014

KUALA LUMPUR: MALAYSIANS demonstrated their unwavering patriotism and loyalty as the nation came together to celebrate the country’s 57th Merdeka Day yesterday.

The turnouts were huge, with Dataran Merdeka here attracting more than 100,000 people, who turned up in droves to witness the National Day parade.

Malaysians show strong patriotism at 57th Merdeka celebration

Posted on : 01-09-2014 | By : sabah today | In : News

September 1, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysians from all walks of life recovered from the Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH17 tragedy when they demonstrated strong patriotic spirit to celebrate the 57th anniversary of the country’s independence at the Dataran Merdeka.

Najib outlines three Merdeka messages

Posted on : 31-08-2014 | By : sabah today | In : News

August 31, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR: Leaving behind a prosperous and peaceful Malaysia for future generations was among the three Merdeka points outlined by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak for the continuity of the nation to be competitive on the international arena.

PM introduces NCII to help firms become innovative

Posted on : 30-08-2014 | By : sabah today | In : News

August 30, 2014

Kuala Lumpur: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak Friday introduced the National Corporate Innovation Index (NCII) as a measurement tool to help stimulate and drive innovation among large companies in Malaysia.

RM45 bln investments in SDC realised – Musa

Posted on : 27-08-2014 | By : sabah today | In : News

August 27, 2014
KOTA KINABALU: Projects planned under the Sabah Development Corridor (SDC) are expected to continue attracting more foreign investors, said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman.
“We are expecting the investment momentum at SDC to continue gathering pace, especially with the economic recovery in the United States and European Union, and the attention of global investors shifting to Asia, especially ASEAN countries,” he said.
Speaking during the 16th Meeting of Members of the Sabah Economic Development and Investment Authority (SEDIA) here yesterday, he said RM1.45 billion or 82.8 per cent of the total federal government funding that was allocated for SDC projects under the Ninth and Tenth Malaysia Plans had been disbursed as of this year.
At the same time, a total of RM135 billion worth of cumulative investments have been planned and committed since the launch of SDC in 2008, of which about RM45 billion had been realised.
Musa, who is also the chairman of SEDIA, said the implementation of the various flagship projects and the strategic direction for SDC, were strengthening Sabah’s competitiveness as a preferred investment destination.
He noted that SEDIA had taken the necessary measures to develop critical infrastructure, enhanced Sabah’s human capital, sharpened competitive edge and laid the foundations for an innovative and knowledge-driven service-based economy.
“These measures will enable Sabah to move to higher gear as we move into the third phase of SDC. As global economic competitiveness is increasingly determined by efficiency of services as well as an adaptable and talented workforce, SEDIA is engaging industry players to identify and implement measures directed at enhancing the efficiency of the logistics sector by improving the relevant infrastructure.
“SEDIA is also looking at measures to enhance the efficiency of air connectivity and logistics and eventually the integration of land, sea, and air services as well as the improvement of broadband internet services.
“In this regard, I am happy to note that SEDIA has been working closely with the Institute for Development Studies (IDS), academic and training institutions and other stakeholders to address human capital development issues.
“I was informed that SEDIA is working with University College Sabah Foundation (UCSF) for the establishment of the Sabah Animation Creative Content Centre (SAC3), which is an incubator facility to support the creative industry under SDC.
“SEDIA has also been supporting collaborative linkages with the University of Salford at Greater Manchester to allow academic staff to acquire higher degrees and to engage on a range of collaborative activities in research and teaching specifically in the development of digital content as well as to gain exposure to the MediaCity UK, which is a dedicated creative industry cluster in the UK,” he said.
Musa also reported that SEDIA and UCSF were planning to expand the collaboration into the development of high value agricultural and agro-biotech products through a joint programme at the Sabah Agro-Industrial Precinct (SAIP) in Papar.
He said both parties would work to establish a Design and Innovation Centre within the designated Knowledge Park at the precinct, paving the way for Sabah’s participation in the knowledge-based economy.
The Chief Minister also noted that SEDIA had launched initiatives to support the development of SMEs, start-ups and Bumiputera entrepreneurs to ensure that no one was left behind.
SEDIA was collaborating with TERAJU through the TERAJU@SDC programme to develop Bumiputera entrepreneurs, as well as working with the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation for the SAIP programme, and with agencies under its umbrella to pursue knowledge-intensive initiatives, he said.
He also said the decision by Petronas to give the Sabah State Government a 10 per cent stake in the LNG 9 project in Bintulu augured well for the development of the oil and gas sector, and is expected to have a significant impact and spin-off to the state’s economy.
Musa also called for state and federal agencies in Sabah to work closely with SEDIA to ensure that investment and development initiatives under the SDC are effectively implemented.
(Source: The Borneo Post)
August 27, 2014
KOTA KINABALU: Projects planned under the Sabah Development Corridor (SDC) are expected to continue attracting more foreign investors, said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman.

MIER: GDP 5.5-6 per cent for 2014 achievable

Posted on : 26-08-2014 | By : sabah today | In : News

August 26, 2014
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia can achieve the growth forecast of between 5.5 and 6.0 per cent for this year, says Malaysian Institute of Economic Research chairman Tan Sri Dr Sulaiman Mahbob.
“The continuation of good performance, as a result of projects spearheaded by the country’s transformation programmes, will help the economy move forward.
“The country did very well in the first half of the year with a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth 6.3 per cent based on good domestic demand and robust export sector.
“We hope the trend will continue in the second half of the year,” he said on the sidelines of the Corporate Board Leadership Symposium 2014 yesterday.
Sulaiman was commenting on Malaysia’s GDP growth which grew a significant 6.3 per cent in the first half of 2014.
Meanwhile, he said the Goods and Services Tax (GST), to be implemented on April 1, 2015, is a good policy that would involve the people in contributing to government expenditure.
“There are only about one million taxpayers. If they don’t pay their dues, how could we enjoy government facilities like health service, free education, good public roads and infrastructure?” he asked. — Bernama
(Source: The Borneo Post)
August 26, 2014
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia can achieve the growth forecast of between 5.5 and 6.0 per cent for this year, says Malaysian Institute of Economic Research chairman Tan Sri Dr Sulaiman Mahbob.

Lots of good budget ideas

Posted on : 26-08-2014 | By : sabah today | In : News

26 AUGUST 2014
PRIME Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said he was happy with the quality and range of ideas offered by the people through the 2015 Budget micro website over the past two weeks.
Najib, who is finance minister, said Malaysians, regardless of age, had demonstrated once again that they could cooperate with the government to draft inclusive policies for the benefit of all.
“Your ideas, concerns and needs are always accorded priority in our efforts to draft an inclusive, balanced and responsible national budget,” he said in his blog, www.1malaysia.com.
Najib said the good response to the campaign, now into its sixth year, demonstrated that the government was always open to inviting the people’s participation in efforts to strengthen the economy and raise the standard of living. He said the effort was in line with his administration’s emphasis that the era where the government knew best was over.
Najib said Malaysia was nearing its goal of becoming a high-income developed nation as its economy continued to register strong growth in tandem with the rising standard of living.
He said this did not mean the country would not face obstacles along the way. By working together, Malaysians could achieve their targets and share in the gains derived from the country’s success.
“We can achieve not only a high-income economy; we can also achieve a high-quality economy — when every individual shares the benefits of economic growth.
“If we remain united, we can achieve our shared dream.”
Najib expressed confidence that with the proposals received, 2015 Budget would stimulate growth, improve the country’s fiscal position and raise the people’s standard of living.
The prime minister is expected to table 2015 Budget in Parliament on Oct 10.
Earlier, on his Facebook, Najib thanked Malaysians for contributing ideas towards the Budget.
The prime minister said thousands of ideas had been collected and would be considered.
“The suggestion collecting exercise for our #Bajet2015 microsite has ended. Thank you for sharing your suggestions towards the shaping of our upcoming National Budget.”
A check on 2015 Budget
microsite revealed that suggestions were grouped into 16 categories, such as cost of living, housing and urban living, healthcare, transport and infrastructure, rural development, education, goods and services tax. among others.
(Source: New Straits Times)
26 AUGUST 2014
PRIME Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said he was happy with the quality and range of ideas offered by the people through the 2015 Budget micro website over the past two weeks.

Najib: Our foreign policy based on principle

Posted on : 25-08-2014 | By : sabah today | In : News

August 25, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s foreign policy is based on principle, that is supporting what is right and differing what is not right.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said based on this principle, Malaysia therefore did not really need to choose between the United States (US) and China.

Sabah has massive deep water potential – Musa

Posted on : 25-08-2014 | By : sabah today | In : News

August 25, 2014

KOTA KINABALU: Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman on Saturday said that the State Government is fully committed to the development of the oil and gas industry in Sabah.

925 held in crackdown on illegals

Posted on : 24-08-2014 | By : sabah today | In : News

24th August, 2014
LAHAD DATU: A total of 925 people, believed to be illegal immigrants, were rounded-up in an operation, dubbed’Ops Gasak 26’.

PETRONAS AGREES TO GIVE SABAH 10pc STAKE

Posted on : 21-08-2014 | By : sabah today | In : News

21st August, 2014
KOTA KINABALU: Petronas has officially agreed to give the Sabah state government a 10 per cent stake in the Liquefied Natural Gas Sdn Bhd 9 (LNG 9) in Bintulu, Sarawak.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Hj Aman said as announced at State Assembly sitting in July, Petronas had then in principle agreed to give Sabah a five per cent stake in the LNG operation.
But, the state government had said it would push for a 10 per cent stake.
“I am pleased to announce today (Wednesday) that Petronas has agreed to give Sabah greater participation by increasing our stake to 10 per cent,” he said in a statement here yesterday.
Musa who is also Finance Minister said the offer was the result of several negotiations between the state government and Petronas.
The state government, he added, was committed to developing Sabah’s oil and gas industry as reflected by the implementation of high impact projects such as the Sipitang Oil and Gas Industrial Park where the RM4.5 billion Sabah Ammonia Urea Plant, among others, are located.
“I am confident that through close cooperation with Petronas, Sabah can expect more exciting developments in the oil and gas industry,” the Chief Minister said.
(Source: New sabah Times)
21st August, 2014
KOTA KINABALU: Petronas has officially agreed to give the Sabah state government a 10 per cent stake in the Liquefied Natural Gas Sdn Bhd 9 (LNG 9) in Bintulu, Sarawak.

RTM to broadcast live MH17 ceremonial honours at KLIA

Posted on : 21-08-2014 | By : sabah today | In : News

August 21, 2014
KUALA LUMPUR: Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) will broadcast live the ceremonial honours for the flight MH17 tragedy crash victims at the grounds of the Bunga Raya complex, Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) tomorrow from 7.30am.
RTM radio channels, namely NasionalFM, TRAXXfm, AiFm and MINNALfm will also make coverages.
Malaysian Broadcasting Department Current Affairs News division, in a statement here yesterday, said the live coverage would involve the arrival ceremony for the victims’ remains from Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
This will be followed by another ceremony to send the remains by air to the states outside Klang Valley and by road in the Klang Valley vicinity for burial.
“RTM will strive to bring live coverage of the burial ceremony in Klang Valley and Kuching, Sarawak as well as several other locations involved with the burial ceremony for Muslims and non-Muslims,” said the statement.
It also said RTM would have a grandstand before the remains arrived with various slots, including a special report on the MH17 tragedy and Malaysian diplomatic efforts to enable all the remains of the Malaysian passengers and crew to be brought back for burial.
“RTM will also try to broadcast updates from time to time on the process to bring back the remains with a cross-over from Amsterdam,” it added. — Bernama
(Source: The Borneo Post)
August 21, 2014
KUALA LUMPUR: Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) will broadcast live the ceremonial honours for the flight MH17 tragedy crash victims at the grounds of the Bunga Raya complex, Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) tomorrow from 7.30am.

Sabah still sees favourable Jan-June trade despite eventful year

Posted on : 20-08-2014 | By : sabah today | In : News

20th August, 2014
KOTA KINABALU: Sabah still registered favourable trade and investment figures from January to June this year despite an eventful 2014 which shown an increase in both exports (+5%) and imports (+11.4%) compared with the same period last year, resulting in a trade surplus of RM4.9 billion.
A total of 13 manufacturing projects valued at over RM1 billion have also been approved by Malaysian Industrial Development Authority (MIDA) between January and May this year, compared with 17 projects valued at RM3.4 billion for the whole of last year, said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Haji Aman.
The bulk of these investments are in chemical and chemical products, followed closely by food, non-metallic, wood and plastic products,” said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Haji Aman during the Malaysia International Chambers of Commerce and Industry (MICCI) annual luncheon at a resort here, Tuesday.
His speech was read by Deputy Chief Minister cum Industrial Development Minister Datuk Raymond Tan Shu Kiah.
“Tourists arrivals to Sabah between January and May this year also showed an increase of 8.7% compared with the same period last year. Having said this, we expect that growth of the tourism sector will be moderated by events that happened in the first half of 2014,” said Musa.
“We expect the Chinese market to be especially affected in the short term, but believe that things will return to normal in the medium to long term,” he added.
Prices in Sabah have remained quite stable in the first six months of this year with consumer price index showing a marginal increase from 108.7 in January to 108.8 in June this year, he said.
Compared with the same period last year, he said prices have only increased by 2.3% on average. On the whole, barring unforeseen developments, we can expect prices in the state to remain relatively stable for the rest of the year.
He noted that city and corridor projects falling under the Sabah Development Corridor blueprint are also progressing well in 2014.
“As of March 2014, 30% or RM38.4 billion of all pledged investments totalling over RM128 billion have been realised, with close to 25,000 jobs created,” he said.
Close to 60% of planned projects totalling 337 have taken off and are in various stages of implementation and starting to transform Sabah’s economy in a positive manner, said Musa.
(Source: New Sabah Times)
20th August, 2014
KOTA KINABALU: Sabah still registered favourable trade and investment figures from January to June this year despite an eventful 2014 which shown an increase in both exports (+5%) and imports (+11.4%) compared with the same period last year, resulting in a trade surplus of RM4.9 billion.

Nation to observe minute’s silence in honour of victims

Posted on : 20-08-2014 | By : sabah today | In : News

August 21, 2014
Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein (centre) with (from left) Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim, Shabery and Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai at a joint news conference at the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia complex in Putrajaya. — Bernama photo
PUTRAJAYA: The nation is to observe a minute’s silence anytime between 10.45am and 11.15am tomorrow in honour of the victims of the Flight MH17 tragedy as the remains of several Malaysian victims arrive at the KL International Airport in Sepang.
Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek said the silence would be observed by all the people present at the Bunga Raya Complex at KLIA, where the ceremony to receive the remains will take place, as well as people in their homes and offices and in schools.
People in moving vehicles are advised to stop their vehicles to observe the silence, he told a press conference held to explain the ceremony to receive the remains of the Malaysian victims of the tragedy.
Ahmad Shabery said: “We will inform over the radio and television the exact time to observe the minute’s silence. Muslims can recite the Al-Fatihah while non-Muslims can observe the silence in accordance with their respective religious beliefs.”
The minister said members of the public who wish to attend the ceremony at KLIA would have to be outside the Bunga Raya Complex compound due to limited space and security reasons.
He also said that the ministry had arranged special vantage points for the media at several places, namely KLIA, KLIA2, the Sultan Abdul Samad building in Kuala Lumpur, the Penang Bridge and the Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) Complex in Johor Baharu.
“We will also let the media know the vantage points in Sabah and Sarawak. It will show the world that Malaysians are united in their grief for the victims of the MH17 tragedy,” he said.
Ahmad Shabery reminded all radio and television stations to adhere to the guidelines set by the ministry for their broadcast on Friday.
“We have requested all radio and television stations to broadcast the event and not air entertainment programmes. They have to also observe the minute’s silence.
“We will also discuss with them the form of template to be used by all media, whether they are digital, satellite, cable or ordinary,” he said.
Ahmad Shabery advised cinema operators to interrupt the screening of films for a minute’s silence. — Bernama
(Source: The Borneo Post)
August 21, 2014
PUTRAJAYA: The nation is to observe a minute’s silence anytime between 10.45am and 11.15am tomorrow in honour of the victims of the Flight MH17 tragedy as the remains of several Malaysian victims arrive at the KL International Airport in Sepang.

Sabah’s economy on strong footing despite tragic events – CM

Posted on : 20-08-2014 | By : sabah today | In : News

August 20, 2014
KOTA KINABALU: Sabah has remained economically strong despite having a year marred with tragedies, said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman.
He said the string of kidnappings for ransom in the State’s east coast and the mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 and the downing of MH17 had undeniably brought Sabah and Malaysia bad publicity.
However, despite an eventful 2014, Musa said Sabah still registered favourable trade and investment figures with major sectors showing healthy growth.
“Trade figures from January to June this year show an increase in both exports (5.0 %) and imports (11.4%) compared with the same period last year, resulting in a trade surplus of RM4.9 billion,” he said in his speech at the Malaysian International Chamber of Commerce (MICC) luncheon held here yesterday.
The text of his speech was read by Deputy Chief Minister cum Industrial Development Minister Datuk Raymond Tan Shu Kiah.
Musa, who is also Minister of Finance, informed that 13 manufacturing projects valued at over RM1.0 billion have also been approved by MIDA between January and May, most of them in chemical and chemical products, followed by food, non-metallic, wood and plastic products.
Even in tourism, the sector expected to be affected the most, an increase of 8.7 per cent was recorded in the first five months of this year compared to the corresponding period last year.
A moderate growth was however anticipated for the second half of the year due to the events that happened in the first half.
He said the Chinese market was expected to be specially affected in the short term but things were expected bounce to normal in the medium to long term.
“City and corridor projects falling under the Sabah Development Corridor (SDC) are also progressing well in 2014. As at March, 30% or RM38.4 billion of all pledged investments totalling over RM128 billion have been realised, with close to 25,000 jobs created.
“Close to 60% of 337 projects planned have taken off and in various stages of implementation. These projects are starting to transform Sabah’s economy in a positive manner, and I am hopeful that the state will achieve its development aspirations and goals as set out in the SDC blueprint,”he said.
MICC Sabah Branch chairman, Brig. Gen (R) Datuk A Arulpragasam, said the issue of the Cabotage Policy cannot be left hanging forever and it was the desire of the association to see the government granting a full-liberalization of the policy.
Arulpragasam, in his welcoming remarks, reiterated that the Cabotage Policy, which contributes to the high cost of doing business in Sabah, has remained one of the key issues affecting the industries in the State.
He said giving large subsidies to shipowners to keep the shipping and logistic costs down was wishful thinking and will not solve the major part of the problem.
Alternatively, he suggested for the government to designate Sepanggar as the second transhipment hub-port after Port Klang as a long-term solution.
He said Sepanggar is ideally situated to serve the potential market of more than 70 million population in BIMP-EAGA.
MICC also appealed to the government to implement the “one country one price” policy before introducing the Goods and Services Tax (GST) in April next year.
(Source: The Borneo Post)
August 20, 2014
KOTA KINABALU: Sabah has remained economically strong despite having a year marred with tragedies, said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman.