Sabah invites serious investors from China to help realize development goals

Posted on : 30-09-2015 | By : sabah today | In : News

September 30, 2015
KOTA KINABALU: The State Government is inviting serious investors from China to help Sabah realize some of the State’s development goals.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Haji Aman said Kota Kinabalu has been listed among four Malaysian cities that are on the priority list for further growth, including via the 11th Malaysia Plan.
He said our State needed to work with its partners in the region to ensure sustained growth for this city and for the state overall, including through foreign investments.
Tourism, oil and gas, and the downstream processing of palm oil are just some of the sectors that we are promoting in order to stimulate further growth in Sabah, Musa said.
“We invite serious investors from China to help us turn into reality some of our development goals.
“This is consistent with the fact that Sabah is both a beneficiary and an active participant in this fruitful relationship between Malaysia and China.
“The large volume of our commodity exports to China and the large number of Chinese tourists who visit Sabah are testimony of a partnership that was sealed many years ago.”
Musa stated that in his speech which was delivered by Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan, at the National Day reception on the 66th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China here yesterday.
The event was graced by the Head of State, Tun Datuk Seri Panglima Dr Haji Juhar Haji Mahiruddin, and his spouse, Toh Puan Datuk Seri Panglima Hajah Norlidah Tan Sri Datuk R.M. Jasni.
Musa said China’s growth was a subject of worldwide attention and served as a model for other countries committed to achieving their respective development goals and objectives.
He said China also maintained good ties with other nations, and encouraged an open-minded attitude in building partnerships, including in this region.
“China and Malaysia established diplomatic relations 41 years ago, and we have over the decades set in place collaborations and understandings that promote not only economic development, but also peace and harmony.”
Today, Musa said our country has seen the fruit of efforts that were put in place back then whereby the annual trade volume between Malaysia and China currently exceeded USD100 billion, and is expected to rise to USD160 billion by 2018.
Musa continued to say that the recent setting up of a Consulate General of China office in Kota Kinabalu was a reflection of the maturity of the ties that Malaysia had inked with China.
“In reviewing the over six months since the office was opened here, I am made to understand that it has made notable efforts in the areas of education, culture, tourism and trading.
“The office has further strengthened the relationship between Sabah and China and has ensured mutually beneficial collaboration.”
He also commended the Consulate General of China office for reaching out and providing assistance in the aftermath of a devastating earthquake in Kundasang and Ranau in June this year.
“Your willingness to help us in our time of need is a testimony of strong partnership that we have fostered over the years, between the two countries,” he said.
Musa said China’s foreign policy, as reiterated by its President Xi Jinping, featured sincerity, mutual benefit and inclusiveness.
“In a globalised and fast-paced world, it is easy to lose sight of the end objectives of our plans and programmes, but I believe with the commitment shown by China as stated by your (the Chinese) President, we will be able to ensure the partnerships that we build are inclusive and based on sincerity, especially at the people-to-people level.”
He further assured that the Sabah would continue to provide assistance and support to the Consulate General of China for the efforts that they have planned.
“I am confident that Malaysia and China will continue to be strong partners in this region given our track record.
“The friendship between the two countries is well established and will grow stronger in years to come.”
(Source: The Borneo Post)
September 30, 2015
KOTA KINABALU: The State Government is inviting serious investors from China to help Sabah realize some of the State’s development goals.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Haji Aman said Kota Kinabalu has been listed among four Malaysian cities that are on the priority list for further growth, including via the 11th Malaysia Plan.

PM: Malaysia on track to become high-income nation by 2020

Posted on : 30-09-2015 | By : sabah today | In : News

September 30, 2015
NEW YORK: Malaysia is on track to achieve its goal of becoming a high-income nation by 2020 despite the current volatile global economic situation, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said Monday.
However, the Prime Minister said the country must always be prepared for changing conditions and external shocks that were beyond its control.
Speaking at the 5th Global Science and Innovation Advisory Council (GSIAC) at a hotel in midtown Manhattan here, Najib reiterated that the fundamentals of the country’s economy remained strong and there were indicators that showed its economy was on the right track.
He said unlike during the 1998 Asian economic crisis that saw the economy contracted by negative seven per cent, the economy was expected to grow at a rate of five per cent.
Najib said learning from the 1998 crisis, the government had managed to reduce fiscal deficit from negative 6.7 per cent in 2009 to 3.2 per cent this year.
“Hence, the banking and financial system continues to have strong capitalisation and ample liquidity. The rate of non-performing loans and inflation are low and manageable,” he said.
He also cited the success of national policies, in particular the National Transformation Policy, that led to a decline in poverty rate to just 0.6 per cent in 2014.
Najib said about 1.8 million jobs had been created since the launch of the Economic Transformation Programme in 2010.
At the same time, the Prime Minister said, ratings and reports by international financial agencies such as Fitch Ratings, Moody’s, Standard & Poor’s had reflected the actual picture of the current economic management in Malaysia.
Malaysia was also ranked 12th out of 60 countries in the World Competitiveness Yearbook 2014.
“The nation’s well-being and the welfare of the people have always been my foremost concern and priority,” the Prime Minister said, adding that it was important to strike a balance between the capital economy and the people’s economy.
He said capital economy referred to economic management and policies from the macro perspective and the people’s economy focused on issues affecting the daily lives of the people such as cost of living, household income, employment and business as well as security and safety.
“We have achieved all these successes because we have not been averse to evaluate our performance in an open and transparent manner, and to make the changes that prevailing conditions demand,” he said.
GSIAC was initiated by Najib in 2011 as part of his efforts to transform Malaysia from a middle-income country to a high-income economy by 2020.
Among those present at the meeting were Science Advisor to the Prime Minister Tan Sri Zakri Abdul Hamid, executive vice president and chief executive officer of New York Academy of Sciences TC Westcott, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Sri Abdul Wahid Omar and Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Khalid Nordin. — Bernama
(Source: The Borneo Post)
September 30, 2015
NEW YORK: Malaysia is on track to achieve its goal of becoming a high-income nation by 2020 despite the current volatile global economic situation, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said Monday.
However, the Prime Minister said the country must always be prepared for changing conditions and external shocks that were beyond its control.
Speaking at the 5th Global Science and Innovation Advisory Council (GSIAC) at a hotel in midtown Manhattan here, Najib reiterated that the fundamentals of the country’s economy remained strong and there were indicators that showed its economy was on the right track.
He said unlike during the 1998 Asian economic crisis that saw the economy contracted by negative seven per cent, the economy was expected to grow at a rate of five per cent.

Recognising UEC issue national matter: Tan

Posted on : 28-09-2015 | By : sabah today | In : News

September 28, 2015
Kota Kinabalu: The issue of recognising the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC), a Chinese independent school qualification equivalent to STPM, is a national matter and should not be confined only to Sabah and Sarawak.
Gerakan Vice President Datuk Raymond Tan (pic) said in fact Gerakan and many other parties have been pursuing the matter at Federal level for quite some time and steps have been taken in Kuala Lumpur to see what is the best way for the Government to accept UEC.
“We don’t want to simply say what the State wants but also for Malaysia, as a whole. We have brought this up in the State Cabinet and asked Special Tasks Minister Datuk Teo Chee Kang to communicate with everybody, especially those in the Chinese education community.
“Basically, he was asked to get everybody together, including NGOs, so that we can come up with a proper understanding and draft a formal request to the State.
“Our voices are united on what we want. I think this matter is being taken seriously. Our recommendation would include this as one of the issues which should be considered within the devolution of power,” he said.
Tan, who is also Deputy Chief Minister, said at this particular juncture, UEC is one of the issues under education other than the question of increasing the number of local teachers to 90 per cent in Sabah and Sarawak.
The State Committee, which was announced by Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman, to identify areas of the Federal Government’s administration that should be empowered to the State Government, will certainly include UEC among many other things.
“As far as Sabah is concerned, there had been request for this for quite some time. Many other political parties and education leaders have spoken about it. To me, I think we can actually arrive at some decision over this matter but we want Putrajaya to recognise this,” he said.
Earlier, Gerakan President Datuk Mah Siew Keong, who is also the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, said recognising UEC will retain these students in the country and stop the exodus of talents out of the country.
“We want Malaysia to be an economic powerhouse and these students are our assets. We don’t want them to go to other countries and work there. We want them to stay and work for Malaysia.
“We are also aware that China is becoming a world powerhouse soon. So recognising UEC is one of the thi ngs we can do to solve our problems,” he said.
Meanwhile, Mah urged the Government to take firm action against the perpetrators who are provoking religious and racial tension among the people in the country.
He said it is time for the people in the country to start identifying themselves as a Malaysian race and not based on their ethnicity as such mentality is a hindrance to the nation’s progress.
“The Sept 16 rally has created a lot of nervousness. Even today also, there were a lot of nervousness when there was supposed to be a rally in Petaling Street. It created a lot of fear but the police took action and the rally was cancelled.
“As a multiracial and multi-religious party, Gerakan will always fight to ensure the country remains peaceful and all races can live and work together in peace,” he said.
(Source: Daily Express)
September 28, 2015
Kota Kinabalu: The issue of recognising the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC), a Chinese independent school qualification equivalent to STPM, is a national matter and should not be confined only to Sabah and Sarawak.

Too much focus on politics – Mah

Posted on : 27-09-2015 | By : sabah today | In : News

September 27, 2015
KOTA KINABALU: In the face of the nation’s apparent polarized and challenging political landscape, Gerakan must not lose their focus to serve the people and country, said its president Datuk Mah Siew Keong.
During the Gerakan Sabah 19th Delegates Conference here yesterday, Mah repeatedly emphasized for members to remain focused on constructive work and contributions to overcome the nation’s problems instead of adding to it.
“We have been playing with politics too much. It seems every issue is politicized. Everything is about politics, politics. What will happen to the problems of the rakyat?” questioned Mah at the Gerakan Sabah 19th Delegates Conference here yesterday.
“Issues of the people are important. I have the opportunity to go to neighbouring countries. I see after elections they will focus on education and economy issues. But we in Malaysia, every day is issues on politics.
“This is not healthy and if not careful neighbouring countries will overtake us. It is crucial to help people,” he emphasized.
Mah revealed that Gerakan will bring forth issues related to citizenship and MyKad, the increase of household income and UEC recognition, amongst others, to the Federal Government.
The president also emphasized that Gerakan would stand for the right issues and solutions for the country.
“We have become a very polarized society, which is not correct. Some people have questioned us, saying that we have no stance. It’s not that Gerakan has no stance, but Gerakan’s stance is based on the issues not the personality. If it is a good policy, we support,” explained Mah.
“Malaysia today, we cannot deny there is polarization, there is division. Some people are taking advantage for their own benefit. We must not allow things such as the scary writings on Facebook, the internet and blogs by our young generations. If not handled well, I really fear for the future of our country,” said the concerned minister.
At a press conference held afterwards, Mah disclosed that the party has also agreed to focus on reducing racial tension in the country.
“We have decided that we should call on the government to take the toughest action against people who use, create racial tension, who create a lot of problems,” revealed Mah.
“We don’t want to be identified just by races. We have to work harder to ensure there will be no more incidences. I think the September 16 rally has created a lot of nervousness.
“Today also there were a lot of nervousness as there was supposed to be a rally in Jalan Petaling, which created a lot of fear, but the police have taken action and the rally is not on,” he added.
(Source: The Borneo Post)
September 27, 2015
KOTA KINABALU: In the face of the nation’s apparent polarized and challenging political landscape, Gerakan must not lose their focus to serve the people and country, said its president Datuk Mah Siew Keong.

Now the moment for Sabah, Sarawak

Posted on : 20-09-2015 | By : sabah today | In : News

September 20, 2015
KOTA KINABALU: With Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak openly saying that Sabah and Sarawak are important to the Barisan Nasional (BN), it is therefore time for the leaders of both states to ask for their rights.
“Seize the moment… if there is any moment for us to reclaim what we think is right for Sabah and Sarawak, this is it,” said former chief minister Tan Sri Chong Kah Kiat.
Chong was of the opinion that with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak openly admitting to how important Sabah and Sarawak are to BN, it gives the two states bargaining power.
“We must engage with the federal government to get back our rights. I am sure if we engage with them, we can get back what should be ours, such as autonomy in aspects like health and education,” he said.
Chong, who was a panellist at the Society Empowerment and Economic Development of Sabah (SEEDS) Discourse on ‘Re-examining Malaysian Federalism and the Way Forward’, said this to the over 50 participants of the forum.
He spoke on the topic of ‘Policy Challenges and Administrative Issues in Federal-State Relations’.
Chong cited his experience during his tenure as Sabah Chief Minister as an example, where he went to meet the then prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and informed him that he wanted to rid Sabah of illegal immigrants.
“I explained to him why I wanted to do that…it’s because we in Sabah are multiracial and live in harmony, especially our natives who are humble and practise a non-aggressive culture and lifestyle unlike some of the illegal immigrants.
“I told Tun Mahathir that if we do not do this, one day we will be overwhelmed. Tun Mahathir told me to go ahead and do what I have to do,” he said, adding that he then engaged the police and Armed Forces and got their support to carry out a massive exercise to rid Sabah of illegal immigrants.
Chong said he had also engaged the then Philippine president as well as the country’s ambassador, telling them that they could not allow their citizens to leave the country without valid identification of travel documents.
“By engaging with the federal leadership, we were able to weed out and deport a lot of illegal immigrants,” he stressed.
In the question and answer session later, Chong, who is also former LDP President, when commenting on the matter of Sabah and Sarawak being BN’s ‘fixed deposit’ pointed out that to the Berjaya party, Sabah was also a ‘fixed deposit’ for them but they had lost badly in the 1985 election.
The objectives of the discourse was to discuss the future of the Malaysian federation and the progress made since the formation of Malaysia in 1963, to examine issues arising from Malaysia’s federal system and to recommend strategies to enhance federal-state relations.
It was moderated by Dr Arnold Puyok (Head, Department of Politics and International Relations, Faculty of Social Sciences, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak/Senior Fellow at SEEDS) and other panellists included Emeritus Professor Datuk Dr Salem Shad Faruqi (Universiti Teknologi MARA) (Topic: Constitutional Issues in Federal-State Relations), Associate Professor Dr Faisal Hazis (IKMAS, UKM) (Topic: Federal-State Relations from the Political Perspective) and Professor Dr Wee Chong Hui (UiTM Sarawak) (Topic: Issues and Challenges of Fiscal Federalism in Malaysia).
(Source: The Borneo Post)
September 20, 2015
KOTA KINABALU: With Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak openly saying that Sabah and Sarawak are important to the Barisan Nasional (BN), it is therefore time for the leaders of both states to ask for their rights.

Musa: Prosperity today result of unity, harmony, political stability

Posted on : 17-09-2015 | By : sabah today | In : News

September 17, 2015
KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman yesterday attributed the progress and prosperity the people enjoyed today to unity, harmony and political stability in Malaysia.
He said these factors had allowed Malaysia to remain on the path of success.
It was also a fact that Sabah is an important part of and has played its role in nation-building, in line with the 1Malaysia concept that was mooted by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak that places people first and focuses on achievements.
“Even the Prime Minister has acknowledged that Sabah is a fine example of the true meaning of 1Malaysia. Here in Sabah we are fortunate to have over 30 ethnic groups who are able to live alongside one another in peace and harmony.
“We accept one another, and we appreciate the diversity that exists.
This unity in diversity is our strength and has led to us collectively achieving progress for Sabah over the years,” he said at the Enhancing National Unity and Integration Conference officiated by Najib here. — Bernama
(Source: The Borneo Post)
September 17, 2015
KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman yesterday attributed the progress and prosperity the people enjoyed today to unity, harmony and political stability in Malaysia.
He said these factors had allowed Malaysia to remain on the path of success.

Sabah, Sarawak granted more autonomy in administration

Posted on : 17-09-2015 | By : sabah today | In : Uncategorized

September 17, 2015
KOTA KINABALU: In keeping with his promise, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has granted Sabah and Sarawak more autonomy in their administration, including in deciding the priority of development projects in the states.
When speaking to the press after officially opening Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) here yesterday, Najib said a joint committee comprising the state and federal governments would be set up to look into the issue of administrative empowerment.
He said this will ensure the devolution of power is smooth in terms of implementation and feasible in matters dealing with negotiations and preventing overlapping of functions between state and federal government agencies. The committee will first be set up in Sarawak after which it will be done in Sabah.
Najib said a major policy decision made with regards to the decentralisation of powers is ensuring that in three years’ time, 90 per cent of teachers in Sabah and Sarawak are locals from these two states.
He explained this is to ensure stability in the teaching force in the two states, adding although locals may have lower academic qualifications they can make up for it through additional training.
“One issue considered complicated is that there are too many teachers from Peninsular Malaysia posted to Sabah and Sarawak. Their posting is not long and also teachers with insufficient experience are posted to these two states.
“Thus the government has set a target to ensure that within three years 90 per cent of teachers in Sabah and Sarawak will be locals. At the moment 32,168 out of 41,935 teachers in Sarawak, are from Sarawak. In three years’ time, the number of local teachers in Sarawak is expected to increase by 5,914 to 38,082 people.
“The same target will be implemented for Sabah,” he said, adding that details on the other educational matters would be discussed in the joint committee.
Continuing, Najib said the federal government agreed that administrative empowerment to Sabah and Sarawak would be implemented in stages.
As a start, he said it would be implemented at all federal government agencies and departments so as to allow decision making at state-level by federal officers.
The state government, according to him, would be given a bigger role in deciding projects, especially on their priority and location. He also said evaluation of federal projects can now be done at the state level through a committee that includes the state secretary and representatives from the federal government.
In addition, interviews to fill posts in the civil service such as in the teaching profession and police among others in Sarawak would not only be done in specific towns but also in locations accessible to folk in the rural areas.
“The state counsel is also delegated with powers by the public prosecutor under the Criminal Procedure Code (CPC) to prosecute offences under the State Ordinance. The federal government also agreed that to improve immigration enforcement in Sarawak, there will be vacancies for 100 officers,” he elaborated.
Furthermore, local authorities are now empowered with ‘warden traffic authority’ and allowed to use tyre clamps on vehicles at public roads and public parking lots, he added.
He also declared that Sabah and Sarawak governments would have a say in the approval and issuance of deep sea fishing permits.
For Sarawak, the premier announced the upgrading of Serian District Office to Serian Administrative Centre and the upgrading of Tebedu, Pusa, Kabung, Tanjung Manis, Sebauh, Subis and Bekenu sub-district offices to full district office.
In addition, two district offices, namely Telang Usan and Bukit Mabong as well as four sub-district offices in Baria, Tinjar, Long Bedian and Mulu would be set up, he said.
(Source: The Borneo Post)
September 17, 2015
KOTA KINABALU: In keeping with his promise, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has granted Sabah and Sarawak more autonomy in their administration, including in deciding the priority of development projects in the states.

Close working relationship key to devt — PM

Posted on : 17-09-2015 | By : sabah today | In : News

September 17, 2015
KOTA KINABALU: The close working relationship the federal government has with Sabah and Sarawak is the key to the successful implementation of development programmes in both states.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said it was also the basis and secret behind his ability to continuously make announcements related to Sabah and Sarawak.
“The current federal government has a cordial working relationship with Sabah and Sarawak. I therefore, want the people in both states to maintain the close relationship,” he said in his Malaysia Day speech at Padang Merdeka, here yesterday.
Also present were Yang Dipertua Negeri Sabah Tun Juhar Mahiruddin, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman, Sarawak Speaker Datuk Amar Mohamad Asfia Awang Nassar and cabinet ministers.
Najib said as the Prime Minister he would like to assure everyone that he would struggle to champion the needs of the people.
He said Sabah is important in the context of national unity because the stability of the country entirely depends on the participation of Sabah and Sarawak.
“The people of peninsular Malaysia dream of peace, harmony, basic necessities, job guarantee, high income and a quality lifestyle. The people of Sabah too have similar dreams.
“This is our goal, to move forward as one solid team. one heart one soul, in solidarity, Sabah achieved independence in Malaysia, Sabah will always succeed,” he said.
Najib said the federal government’s devolution of power to Sabah which empowers the state to make autonomous decisions is a move in the right direction and must be carried out.
He said the federal government understood and respected the rights of the states which reflects the desire of the people.
“We will listen to the people of Sabah and what they desire. The state government wants development projects to be carried out and the places that such projects will be carried out, we listen. This is why I say we must listen to the heartbeat of the people,” he said.
Najib said Sabah made the right decision to join Malaysia 52 years ago and the Barisan Nasional government has brought about tremendous changes to Sabah. — Bernama
(Source: The Borneo Post)
September 17, 2015
KOTA KINABALU: The close working relationship the federal government has with Sabah and Sarawak is the key to the successful implementation of development programmes in both states.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said it was also the basis and secret behind his ability to continuously make announcements related to Sabah and Sarawak.

Bigger role to decide projects

Posted on : 17-09-2015 | By : sabah today | In : News

September 17, 2015
KOTA KINABALU: As promised by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, Sabah and Sarawak have been granted more autonomy in their administrative powers, including deciding the priority of development projects in their respective states.
Speaking to the press after officially opening the Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) here yesterday, Najib said that a joint committee comprising the State and Federal Governments would be set up to look into the issue of administrative empowerment.
“This will ensure that it is smooth in terms of implementation as well as feasible in matters dealing with negotiations and overlapping of functions between State and Federal Government agencies,” he said.
The committee will first be set up in Sarawak after which it will be done in Sabah to look into the state’s needs.
Najib also said that a major policy decision made with regard to the decentralization of powers was to ensure that in three years time, 90 per cent of teachers in Sabah and Sarawak would be locals from these two states.
“This is done so that there will be stability in terms of the teaching force in the two states,” he said, adding that although the locals might be slightly lower in terms of academic but with additional training they can make up for it.
“One issue which has been considered complicated is that there are too many teachers from Peninsular Malaysia posted to Sabah and Sarawak. Their posting is not long and also the inexperienced teachers were posted to these two states.
“Thus the government has set a target to ensure that within three years 90 per cent of teachers in Sabah and Sarawak will be locals. At the moment 32,168 out of 41,935 teachers in Sarawak are from Sarawak. In three years time, the number of local teachers in Sarawak is expected to increase by 5,914 to 38,082 people.
“The same target will be implemented for Sabah,” he said, adding that details of the other issues in the education sector matter would be discussed in the joint committee.
Najib said the federal government agreed that administrative empowerment to Sabah and Sarawak would be implemented in stages. As a start it will be implemented at all federal government agencies and departments only so as to allow decision making at state level by federal officers.
The state government, according to him, would be given a bigger role in deciding projects, especially on the priority of development projects, the location of the projects and evaluation of federal projects can now be done at state level through a committee that includes the state secretary and representatives from the federal government.
He also said that interview to fill posts in the civil service such as teachers and police among others in Sarawak would not only be done in specific towns but would also be conducted in locations accessible to folks in the rural areas.
“The State counsel is also delegated with powers by the public prosecutor under the Criminal Procedure Code to prosecute offences under the state Ordinance (CPC). The Federal Government also agreed that to improve immigration enforcement in Sarawak, there will be vacancies for 100 officers,” he said.
Najib further disclosed that local authorities are now empowered with “warden traffic authority” and allowed to use tyre clamps on vehicle at public roads and public parking lots. The Sabah and Sarawak governments would also have a say in the approval and issuing of deep sea fishing permits, he said.
The Prime Minster also announced the upgrading of the Serian district office to Serian Administrative Centre and the upgrading of Tebedu, Pusa, Kabung, Tanjung Manis, Sebauh, Subis and Belunu sub-district office to full district office.
Two district offices will be set up, namely Telang Usan and Bukit Mabong as well as four sub-district offices in Baria, Tinjar, Long Bedian and Mulu respectively.
(Source: The Borneo Post)
September 17, 2015
KOTA KINABALU: As promised by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, Sabah and Sarawak have been granted more autonomy in their administrative powers, including deciding the priority of development projects in their respective states.

It’s wrong to undermine democracy by spreading lies – PM

Posted on : 17-09-2015 | By : sabah today | In : News

September 17, 2015
KOTA KINABALU: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak yesterday stressed that it was wrong to undermine democracy of the country by spreading lies.
“Despite our best efforts to engage in a civil manner, we cannot discuss and debate when the truth is hidden by a cloud of false allegations,” he said in his speech at the Enhancing National Unity and Integration Conference, with the theme “Towards a Common Destiny” – where do we go from here?” at the Magellan Sutera Harbour Resort near here.
“It is not right when people try to stir up hatred against the government – a government that has been elected by the rakyat. It is not right to organise rallies dominated by one race, with the expressed aim of toppling the government. As we have seen, this then leads to rallies by other races. This could not be more dangerous and risks tearing apart the fabric of our democracy, our harmony, our unity,” he cautioned.
Najib added that the opposition parties, including former Prime Minister Tun Mahathir Mohammed, were playing with fire.
“They conspire with blackmailers, forgers and foreigners who want to interfere with our country just as they did in colonial times,” he said.
“There is no lie they will not tell, no rumours they will not spread, so that they can say Malaysia is on a dangerous course.”
However, Najib stressed that these people were the danger to the nation.
“In their desperate wish to overthrow a democratically-elected government, they are willing to risk the instability that has led to violent revolutions in many countries – some very close to us,” he said.
“We have seen the blood on the streets. We have seen the burning shops,” he said.
But Najib stressed that as prime minister, he would never allow that to happen in Malaysia.
“The peace and security of the nation is my government’s top priority,” he reminded.
“And despite efforts by the opposition and Tun Mahathir to create division amongst the rakyat, I am confident that we will prevail and stay united,” he said.
“It is only through pursuing national unity – managing our differences, not letting them cause bitterness and anger between us – and the regular course of parliamentary democracy, that we will remain the Malaysia that our friends around the world admire. I am determined that we will do so. This government will never stop fighting to preserve the peace, harmony and prosperity of the Malaysia we all love.”
Also present at the event were Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Haji Aman, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Tan Sri Joseph Kurup and other Sabah Cabinet ministers.
(Source: The Borneo Post)
September 17, 2015
KOTA KINABALU: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak yesterday stressed that it was wrong to undermine democracy of the country by spreading lies.
“Despite our best efforts to engage in a civil manner, we cannot discuss and debate when the truth is hidden by a cloud of false allegations,” he said in his speech at the Enhancing National Unity and Integration Conference, with the theme “Towards a Common Destiny” – where do we go from here?” at the Magellan Sutera Harbour Resort near here.

Federal Govt supports Sabah railway expansion plan – Liow

Posted on : 17-09-2015 | By : sabah today | In : News

September 17, 2015
PENAMPANG: Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai has reiterated the Federal Government commitment to help Sabah in terms of infrastructure development.
Speaking to reporters after opening MCA Penampang service centre in Lintas Jaya Township yesterday, Liow cited the Pan Borneo Highway which was announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
Liow said that the Prime Minister had shown a commitment that the federal government was developing Sabah and Sarawak and it wants to bring more development to both states.
He also said that as the Transport Minister, he fully supported the railway line in Sabah and his ministry was ready to work together with the state Government in terms of its railway master plan.
Liow disclosed that the master plan would include extending the existing railway line from Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan and Tawau.
“Railway is of course a state matter but the Federal Government has provided allocation to help the State Government,” he said, adding that the Transport Ministry had allocated RM200 million to support the State Government’s railway line development.
“We can work together with the Sabah Government in terms of the state’s railway master plan that will include Sandakan and Tawau routes and how we can fully utilize the railway line to carry cargo and strengthen the ports in these places, especially Sepanggar Port,” he said.
He also said that Sepanggar Port can be an international port and cargo volume was needed to strengthen the port but the infrastructure must be ready first.
The Federal Government, he stressed, was committed to help Sabah in terms of infrastructure development.
On MCA Penampang new service centre, Liow said that the setting up of the facility showed the commitment of the division to help the people.
The party president said the commitment showed that the division not only provided services, it would also like to speak up for the people in Penampang.
“They will be the bridge helping to connect the people in Penampang to the State and Federal Governments. MCA is here to serve and provide leadership as well as more development to Penampang,” he said.
“MCA is fully prepared to face the next general election. We are not only setting up a service centre, more importantly we would like to connect to the people directly to the voters. Through modern technology, news letters as well as our communication network in Penampang.
“I am happy to note that Penampang division chairman Datuk Francis Goh is a very capable leader who has shown leadership to the people here and he is also committed to the development in Penampang.
“He is putting in a lot of effort to serve the people here and he is a person with high integrity, with capabilities whom we hope will be able to lead MCA Penampang to win in the next general election,” Liow said.
(Source: The Borneo Post)
September 17, 2015
PENAMPANG: Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai has reiterated the Federal Government commitment to help Sabah in terms of infrastructure development.
Speaking to reporters after opening MCA Penampang service centre in Lintas Jaya Township yesterday, Liow cited the Pan Borneo Highway which was announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

KKIA must have good services, facilities – Najib

Posted on : 17-09-2015 | By : sabah today | In : News

September 17, 2015
KOTA KINABALU: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak wants Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) to have services and facilities that the country can be proud of.
“When visitors arrive into our country, their first contact point is the airport and the services as well as the facilities will give them the first impression of our country. It will reflect on the visitors if we are a first world or third world country,” he said.
Services like Immigration and Customs clearance must be swift and smooth so that the visitors are not subjected to long waits (to be processed), he said when officially opening the KKIA yesterday.
“They will judge if we make them feel welcome or otherwise and this is why I want to see good service and facilities in KKIA. I want all government agencies (operating in KKIA) to take note of this,” he said.
Najib added that the level of service provided from the front liners, business establishment, airport management down to the taxi service must be on par with the modern airport.
“Carry out your responsibilities well in all aspects because the airport should not only be beautiful and aesthetically pleasing, the contents and services it provides must also be at a high level,” he stressed.
“We all know that in the context of building a country that is united, national integration and connectivity are very important. This is where KKIA plays its role, connecting Malaysians from Sabah, Sarawak and Peninsular Malaysia,” he said.
Sabah, according to Najib, has a huge potential in tourism as its biodiversity and hospitable people are what brings visitors to the state.
It is the government’s hope that KKIA will be the hub for air connectivity of Borneo which will also be the key to open up the country’s business, trade, commerce and investment possibilities.
“I am happy to note that there are 20 weekly flights from mainland China to Sabah and that 14 airlines are now operating out of KKIA. For the Federal Government, I reiterate its commitment to do whatever it can to promote the state as a main holiday destination in Malaysia,” he stressed.
Meanwhile, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said that the official launch of KKIA by Najib would enable more airlines to capitalise on the opportunity to fly into Sabah.
This, he stressed, was another effort by the government in Malaysia’s journey to achieve fully developed nation status.
“Kota Kinabalu is a popular tourism getaway as well as a thriving industrial and commercial centre, hence the need for a state-of-the-art airport to cope with the growing demand,” he said.
According to Liow, in 2014, KKIA handled a total of 6.79 million passengers with 3.19 million in Terminal One. With the upgrade, KKIA now has the capacity to serve nine million passengers per year, a 350 per cent increase compared with Terminal Two, he added.
“The development of KKIA will not only improve connectivity throughout the region, it is also expected to have a spillover effect in terms of facilitating access to the rural areas of Sabah.
“This in turn will also provide a boost in terms of job opportunities and economic development,” Liow pointed out.
(Source: The Borneo Post)
September 17, 2015
KOTA KINABALU: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak wants Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) to have services and facilities that the country can be proud of.
“When visitors arrive into our country, their first contact point is the airport and the services as well as the facilities will give them the first impression of our country. It will reflect on the visitors if we are a first world or third world country,” he said.

PM to announce measures to strengthen the economy today

Posted on : 14-09-2015 | By : sabah today | In : News

14 September 2015
KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is expected to announcemeasures to strengthen the economy today as falling commodity prices weigh on growth and the ringgit plumbs near 18-year lows.
Najib is expected to announce the new measures after a weekly meeting of the economic council, officials at the Prime Minister’s office said on Saturday, without giving details.
Last month, he set up a special economic committee to propose immediate and medium-term measures to strengthen the economy and to restore investor confidence.
Malaysia has been gripped by political tensions which escalated in early July after a report that investigators looking into debt-laden state investment fund 1MDB had found that close to US$700mil had been deposited in an account held by Najib.
Najib, who also chairs 1MDB, has denied any wrongdoing, but the scandal has not died and has weighed on the economy.
Both Najib and Malaysia’s central bank governor Tan Sri Dr Zeti Akhtar Aziz have pledged not to impose capital controls.
The Prime Minister has maintained that Malaysia’s current economic situation was stronger than during the 1997-98 Asian financial crisis.
Massive outflows of capital during that crisis forced Malaysia to peg the ringgit at 3.8 to the dollar, which was retained till 2005.
Fitch Ratings said last week that Malaysia’s deteriorating currency position – reflected in the ringgit’s sharp depreciation, falling foreign exchange reserves and shrinking current account surplus – could force it restore a negative outlook on the country’s credit rating. – Reuters
(Source: The Star)
14 September 2015
KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is expected to announcemeasures to strengthen the economy today as falling commodity prices weigh on growth and the ringgit plumbs near 18-year lows.

Najib, Musa, Adenan to sign document to commemorate birth of Malaysia

Posted on : 10-09-2015 | By : sabah today | In : News

September 10, 2015
KOTA KINABALU: A document to commemorate the birth of the country will be signed during the 52nd Malaysia Day celebration at Padang Merdeka here on Sept 16.
The signatories of the document shall comprise of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Aman and Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem.
“This is a document that will be kept as a Malaysian document for the future generation … it will be handed over to the National Archive Department for their safekeeping,” Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Masidi Manjun said during a press conference here yesterday.
More than 10,000 people are expected to turn up at the Padang Merdeka on that day.
At the same time, 16 people who were born on Sept 16 will be recognised at the celebration.
Additionally, the event will also recognise the contribution of the Mount Kinabalu mountain guides, whom Masidi described as the unsung heroes, those involved in the Kelantan floods as well as fishermen.
To address parking issues on the day of the event, he said that shuttle buses would be provided and motorists can park their vehicles outside of the city area and take the shuttle buses to get to Padang Merdeka.
The event is scheduled to start at 4pm on that day.
(Source: The Borneo Post)
September 10, 2015
KOTA KINABALU: A document to commemorate the birth of the country will be signed during the 52nd Malaysia Day celebration at Padang Merdeka here on Sept 16.

150 Sabah students get Petronas sponsorship

Posted on : 06-09-2015 | By : sabah today | In : News

September 6, 2015
SANDAKAN: Petronas yesterday awarded education sponsorships to 50 students of Maktab Rendah Sains Mara (MRSM) Sandakan as part of its effort to develop human capital in the state.
According to Petronas Senior General Manager of Petroleum Operations Management, Malaysia Petroleim Management, Bacho Pilong, Petronas hoped to continue nurturing talents by giving the students opportunities to realise their academic potential.
The students, all of whom are from under-privileged families, will each receive a yearly educational allowance to pay for their school uniforms, sports attire, textbooks, learning aid, hostel necessities, and other basic needs.
Of the 50 students, 30 are in Form One, 12 in Form Four, three each in Form Two and Form Five, and two in Form Three.
The event was officiated by Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Raymond Tan Shu Kiah who is also the Minister of Industrial Development.
Another 50 students at MRSM Tawau will also receive the same aid at a seperate award ceremony soon.
Altogether, Petronas is sponsoring 150 MRSM students in Sabah starting this year. The sponsorship for 50 students of MRSM Kota Kinabalu was awarded in July, this year.
“This sponsorship is aimed at providing opportunities to deserving students from under-privileged backgrounds to succeed in their studies, in line with the company’s mission to contribute to the well-being of the nation and its people.
“As partner in Sabah’s progress, Petronas is proud to contribute to the development of education and human capital in the state through scholarships, technical trainings and the setting up of educational and training facilities,” Bacho said.
Over the years, Petronas¡¦ education sponsorship and assistance have benefited the company and ultimately the nation by increasing the number of skilled talents in various fields and disciplines in meeting market and industry demands.
“Given our long-standing collaboration and the commitment from the Sabah State Government in intensifying education and human capital development here, Petronas believes that Sabah youths will rise to the challenge and continuously strive to excel in their academic pursuits,” Bacho added.
Aside from the sponsorship of MRSM students, Petronas is also supporting academic excellence and technical skills development amongst Sabah youths under its education sponsorship programme for tertiary education.
Petronas has also been developing Sabah talents through its Institut Teknologi Petroleum (INSTEP) and later, Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP) to support its plant operations and industry needs since the early 1980s.
The financial aid to Sabah youths is to promote excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) as well as developing technical skills and improving the level of employability to drive socio-economic growth for the State.
Other than that, Petronas also offers vocational training sponsorship for selected students from underprivileged families under its Vocational Institution Sponsorship & Training Assistance (VISTA) programme.
Under VISTA, Petronas provides support to six technical institutions in Sabah, namely Institut Kemahiran MARA, Kota Kinabalu; Institut Latihan Perindustrian, Kota Kinabalu; Kolej Yayasan Sabah; Institut Latihan Teknik dan Perdaganan (ILTP), Papar; Pusat GIATMARA Kimanis; and Institut Kemahiran Belia Negara, Kinarut.
Through the VISTA programme, these institutions have been receiving assistance ranging from equipment, learning and training aid as well as technical support and advisory.
(Source: The Borneo Post)
September 6, 2015
SANDAKAN: Petronas yesterday awarded education sponsorships to 50 students of Maktab Rendah Sains Mara (MRSM) Sandakan as part of its effort to develop human capital in the state.
According to Petronas Senior General Manager of Petroleum Operations Management, Malaysia Petroleim Management, Bacho Pilong, Petronas hoped to continue nurturing talents by giving the students opportunities to realise their academic potential.