State’s progress best achieved via negotiation and goodwill

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Musa did a good job in developing Sabah: Salleh

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

Kota Belud: Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman has done a good job to develop Sabah, particularly in infrastructure and economic opportunities, said Multimedia and Communications Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak (pic).

In connection with this, he said his Ministry would be conducting meet-the-people sessions at the grassroot level to explain what Federal and state government policies are and the progress of implementation in order to counter lies and slanderous attacks against Musa.

“Attacking Musa means attacking Umno. That is why my ministry will go all out to defend Musa,” he said at a meet-the-people programme in Kampung Tengkurus near here, Saturday.

Salleh explained that Umno through Barisan Nasional has proven to have brought change for the betterment of the people. Therefore, he reminded the people to always stay united in ensuring the ruling government’s longevity for the benefit of the state and country.

He also cautioned the people to not fall to tactics by certain opposition leaders to portray themselves as the champion of the people. “Lately, many opposition leaders go in an out of villages to sway the minds of the people, he said.

Instead, Salleh, who is also Usukan assemblyman, called on the people to rally behind the BN government, that has proven its capability in championing the cause of the people for continued development.

He also reminded people not to be influenced by inaccurate reports published in the social media and not to viral such news.

Meanwhile, Salleh said parents must be smart in acquring further knowledge to assist in the development of their children’s education.

He said that parents needed to change their approach in order to raise their children to become a generation that is better prepared to face the challenges ahead.

“There is still much to be done to improve the education level in the state.

“As such, parents must play an important role to ensure their children receive a decent education,” he said.

Salleh reminded parents to play an active role in educating their children instead of leaving it entirely to the teacher.

“We need to realise that children will only spend six hours in school, while the remaining 18 hours are spent at home and under the supervision of parents.

“Hence, it is not fair for the parents to blame the teachers at the school if their children do not perform well in their studies,” he explained.


SME Bank aims to approve RM176 million for SME financing in Sabah

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

KOTA KINABALU: SME Bank Bhd is targetting to approve financing worth RM176 million for small and medium enterprises (SME) in Sabah this year.

The Bank’s Group Managing Director Datuk Mohd Radzif Mohd Yunus, said in a statement that Sabah has always been one of their focus areas since the opening of their branches in Kota Kinabalu and Tawau. So far these branches have approved more than RM1.7 billion worth of financing to 1,727 borrowers.

“The annual (Mini Xcess 2017) outreach programme is one of our efforts in resolving issues pertaining to access to financing and the response from SME entrepreneurs thus far have been very positive.

“From January to now, we have engaged with some 1,500 SME entrepreneurs and Kota Kinabalu is the second last venue before we conclude the first series of programmes this year in Bintulu, Sarawak, on 11 April 2017.”

SME Bank Sabah Regional Centre operates with a network of three branches namely Kota Kinabalu Enterprise Centre, Tawau Enterprise Centre and Kota Kinabalu UTC.

In the effort to improve its customer service delivery, the Bank has recently launched the Book Your Banker facility in its Mobile Application. This enables entrepreneurs who are interested to apply for financing to register online, set the date of the appointment and choose the branch of their choice. SME Bank’s Mobile App can be downloaded through App Store or Play Store under the name SME Bank.

Since its establishment in 2005, SME Bank has approved a total financing amounting RM26 billion and assisted more than 15,000 SME entrepreneurs nationwide.

The Bank’s Upward Migration programme has successfully upgraded more than 800 SME businesses to a higher level. Meanwhile, CEDAR or Centre for Entrepreneur Development and Research Sdn. Bhd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of SME Bank, has successfully coached more than 34,000 participants in various SME entrepreneurial training programmes.


Malaysia Opens Door To Indian Film Makers

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

NEW DELHI–  Malaysia has opened its doors to the world’s biggest film making nation to make the country their favoured location to produce more films and TV series.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who described himself as a great fan of Indian movies, said Indian film makers could leverage on Malaysia’s unique scenery, culture and diversity.

He said Malaysia was willing to offer incentives to Indian entertaintment players.

“I met representatives from the entertainment industry today, and they asked me if we can offer some incentives,” he said at a gala dinner hosted by Malaysia India CEO Forum in conjunction with his visit here.

The Indian film industry is the largest in the world in terms of the number of films produced, at between 1,500 and 2,000 films produced every year in more than 20 languages.

Najib told the industry players that Malaysians were huge fans of Indian films, especially Bollywood and Kollywood movies.

“There seems to be a great deal of interest in Indian movies in Malaysia,” said the prime minister.

Also present were his wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, Tan Sri Krishnan Tan, the Malaysian Co-Chair of MICEOF, and Milind Kamble, the body’s Indian Co-Chair.

Based on his interaction with all the key figures from the business, entertainment, politics and industry fraternity over the last few days, Najib said he was confident the best was yet to come for both countries.

He embarked on his third visit to the country as prime minister with a stop in the southern city of Chennai and also visited Jaipur where Malaysian companies are bidding for six road and highway projects.