Peruntukan Besar Untuk Sabah Dan Sarawak Bukti Ketulusan PM


projek_persekutuan_di_MalaysiaMO, 23/2/2018, KOTA MARUDU  – Peningkatan besar peruntukan bagi projek pembangunan di Sabah menunjukkan ketulusan hati Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak yang memberi perhatian kepada penduduk di negeri ini dan Sarawak.

“Beliau (Najib) adalah perdana menteri yang paling prihatin,”kata Menteri Tenaga, Teknologi Hijau dan Air Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili yang juga Anggota Parlimen Kota Marudu.

Beliau berkata peningkatan peruntukan bagi infrastruktur asas seperti jalan, air, kesihatan, perumahan luar bandar dan pendidikan adalah bukti keikhlasan pemimpin nombor satu negara dalam merapatkan jurang pembangunan antara Sabah, Sarawak dan Semenanjung Malaysia.

“Pelajar sekolah kami terus menikmati bantuan seperti pakaian seragam dan kasut percuma dan juga menerima bantuan pendidikan seperti KWAMP (Kumpulan Wang Amanah Pelajar Miskin), bantuan RM100 untuk pelajar serta Siswa 1Malaysia, untuk meringankan beban ibu bapa pada permulaan penggal baharu persekolahan,”kata beliau.

Ongkili berkata demikian selepas menyampaikan bantuan pendidikan RM100 kepada 697 pelajar tiga buah sekolah di sini iaitu Sekolah Kebangsaan Tigaman, Sekolah Kebangsaan Mangaris dan Sekolah Kebangsaan Tagaroh semalam.

Selain itu, beliau berkata Najib telah mengumumkan peruntukan yang tidak pernah diumumkan dahulu iaitu sebanyak RM1 bilion tahun ini bagi membangunkan dan menaik taraf sekolah di Sabah dan Sarawak.

“Di bawah fasa pertama program, 107 sekolah di luar bandar telah dipilih dan kira-kira setengah bilion telah diperuntukkan sama ada untuk membaiki dan membina semula sekolah-sekolah daif, pembinaan bilik darjah baharu serta menaik taraf sistem pembetungan,”kata beliau.

Beliau menggesa ibu bapa dan guru untuk bekerjasama dengan pihak sekolah demi memastikan pelajar mendapat bimbangan yang secukupnya untuk mencapai kecemerlangan dan berusaha ke arah kecemerlangan dalam pendidikan.

Selain itu, beliau berkata projek pembangunan lain termasuk pembinaan Lebuhraya Pan Borneo, yang sedang dilaksanakan bertujuan untuk merapatkan jurang antara Sabah, Sarawak dan Semenanjung Malaysia.

“Ini mencerminkan ketulusan perdana menteri dan komitmen penuh beliau untuk memastikan pembangunan di Sabah dan Sarawak seiring dengan di Semenanjung.



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Sabah waters safe due to frequent patrol – RMN Commander


GAGAH

MO,21/2/2018, KUCHING: The waters off Sabah is being strictly monitored and is safe, said Commanding officer of the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) training vessel “Gagah Samudera”, Commander Mahamad Nazir Darus. He said besides RMN, other agencies involved in patrolling Sabah waters to prevent intrusion by enemies included the Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCOM) .

“The Gagah Samudra training vessel also conducts patrol duty in waters off the state,” he told reporters at the vessel’s open day at Pending Port here today. The vessel arrived here yesterday and would leave tomorrow to its last destination, Bintulu. According to Mahamad, “Gagah Samudera” is RMN’s latest asset to provide training and improve the skills of its members.

The vessel could accommodate 45 crew and 60 trainees at one single time. “Gagah Samudera” is equipped with an Electro-Optic Fire Control System), radar (Kelvin Hughes Sharp Eye), navigational and communication equipment as well as sophisticated short-range weapon. Since the vessel began operation last year, it had sailed for about 8,000 nautical miles and taken about 300 trainees.

– Bernama



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Huge allocation from Fed gov benefitted Sabah


MUSA AMAN

MO,20/2/2018, KOTA KINABALU: The RM3.87 billion allocation given to Sabah through the 11th Malaysia Plan would further assist the state government to implement various development projects in the state, Chief Minister Tan Sri Musa Aman said.In expressing his gratitude to the federal government and Prime Minister, Musa said the current promising economic growth was a testament that Malaysia under the leadership of Datuk Seri Najib Razak was on the right track in achieving all the development targets which had been set.

Musa, who is also the state Finance Minister, noted a RM250 million allocation channelled to Eastern Sabah Security Command as significant to Sabah especially in terms of boosting security in the east coast and border areas.”Sabah was also given RM1 billion allocation for the development of Pan Borneo Highway and another RM1 billion for the upkeep of dilapidated schools, apart from public infrastructure maintenance and basic infrastructure projects,” he said after chairing the first state action council meeting this year at the state administrative centre here, today.

Present were Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan and State Development officer Datuk Ruji Ubi.Through the 11th Malaysia Plan, Musa noted the state government also received RM253 million allocation for construction of Tawau Hospital extension building and RM35.19 million for special Sabah Native programme like native customary rights land measurement.The (RM35.19 million) allocation also included the development of Native Court in Kunak, Ranau, and Tambunan districts, he added.

–NSTP



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Sabah Water Dept scandal: March 20 decision for revision applications of ex-deputy director


SABAH WATER

MO,20/2/2018,KOTA KINABALU: The High Court here has fixed March 20 for the decision on an application of review by former Sabah Water Department deputy director Teo Chee Kong, who was charged with money laundering. Judge Datuk Nurchaya Arshad set the date and instructed both prosecution and defence teams to file their submissions on March 6.

She also fixed Feb 27 for the prosecution team to submit their affidavit in reply after deputy public prosecutor Tengku Amir Zaki Tengku Abdul Rahman, who represented Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) requested for more time. Early this month, Teo applied for three criminal revision applications, through his counsels, to the court. The revisions were against the refusal of Session Court Judge (Abu Bakar Manat) to recuse himself from hearing the trial and Teo’s objection to the Session Court’s order for a joint trial with three other accused.

Teo also filed a notice of motion on the production of documents and CCTV footages, which were dismissed by the Session’s court judge. Speaking to reporters outside the court, Tengku Amir Zaki said Teo had requested for MACC to return the seized income tax return documents dated from 2004 and 2005. “We object to this and the court has fixed March 20 to decide whether session court judge (Abu Bakar) will be recused and trial will be conducted seperately,” he said.

Teo was represented by a team of counsels led by Roland Cheng and assisted by Ram Singh. Last month, the Sessions Court initially fixed Feb 21, 22, and 23 for joint trial dates for Teo, former SWD director Awang Mohd Tahir Mohd Talib, Mohd Tahir’s wife Fauziah Piut and retired department deputy director Lim Lam Beng. The trial has since been postponed to an undetermined date.

Teo, on December 13 last year claimed trial to 146 charges of money laundering involving RM32.93 million. All charges were under Section 4(1)(a) and Section 4(1)(b) of the Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing Act 2001. In October 2016, Teo and Mohd Tahir were remanded by MACC to assist probe on mishandling of funds for water infrastructure projects in this State before being released on bail. On Dec 29, 2016, Mohd Tahir and Fauziah pleaded not guilty to 31 money-laundering charges involving RM59.1 million, as well two counts of possessing 575 pieces of jewellery and 346 other valuable items, acquired through illegal means.

–NSTP



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Sabah terus membangun di bawah BN


KUALA LUMPUR – Sabah di bawah pimpinan kerajaan Barisan Nasional (BN) terus pesat membangun dalam pelbagai sektor sekali gus membawa kemakmuran dan kesejahteraan rakyat, kata Ketua Menteri Tan Sri Musa Aman.

Menurutnya, ia adalah hasil daripada perpaduan rakyat, kestabilan politik dan ekonomi selain usaha berterusan kerajaan dalam memacu pembangunan negeri.

Sambil memberi contoh dasar Hala Tuju Negeri Sabah, beliau berkata tumpuan diberi kepada pembangunan modal insan selain sektor pelancongan, pertanian dan pembuatan.

“Kini telah banyak manfaat pembangunan yang kita nikmati termasuk pembinaan Lebuhraya Pan Borneo yang sedang rancak dijalankan di samping penubuhan pelbagai institusi pengajian tinggi, pusat kemahiran dan hab pendidikan,” katanya dalam amanat bersempena Majlis Ramah Mesra Bersama Warga Sabah di sini, hari ini.

Teks amanatnya dibacakan Menteri Pembangunan Masyarakat dan Hal Ehwal Pengguna Sabah Datuk Jainab Ahmad Ayid.-BERNAMA



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MASwings offering discounted flights within Sabah and Sarawak for CNY


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MO,2/2/2018, KOTA KINABALU: MASwings is adding to the Chinese New Year cheer by offering promotions from as low as RM158 for one-way tickets on all its regional flights within Sabah and Sarawak. Bookings for MASwings’ Chinese New Year Specials is open from now till Feb 28, for travel between Feb 4 and March 31, 2018, the company said in a statement Friday (Feb 2).

The promotion also offers passengers travelling between Tawau and Tarakan fares from as low as RM200 all-in one-way. The company noted that there is high demand for flights during the festive period, and to avoid any disappointment, book their flights early as seats are sell fast.All MASwings tickets on these flights are inclusive of 20kg check-in baggage allowance and light refreshment, the company said.

MASwings Chinese New Year Specials fares are inclusive of airport taxes, goods and services tax (GST), carrier imposed fee (CIF) and subject to MASwings’ terms and conditions. The offers were also available through MASwings or Malaysia Airlines website, ticket offices, and appointed travel agents or via 24 hours Call Centre at toll-free number 1300 88 3000.

For more information on destinations, fares and flight schedules are available on MASwings’ website www.maswings.com.my.

–TheStar



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Putatan clinic ceiling collapse caused by heavy cables: Sabah Deputy CM


PUTUTAN

MO,2/2/2018, PUTATAN: The collapse of Klinik Kesihatan Putatan’s ceiling here on Monday was caused by the weight of heavy electrical cables, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Yahya Hussin said. The damage has since been mended, and the cables repositioned, he added. “The damaged ceiling has been repaired, and the electrical cables have been hanged, instead of just being allowed to rest on the ceiling, as before,” he told reporters after inspecting the ceiling of the clinic’s pharmacy’s waiting hall this morning.

Present were Sabah Public Works Department (PWD) director Datuk Amrullah Kamal and Sabah Health Department assistant director (family health development) Dr Asitis Sanna. Yahya, who is also the state Agriculture and Food Industry Minister, reminded all governmental departments and agencies to regularly inspect their respective buildings. “Each building has its maintenance and engineering unit. They need to be aware of what’s happening in their own building.

“Incidents such as a ceiling collapse can occur anywhere if (a building) is not inspected on a regular basis,” he said. Meanwhile, Amrullah said that the maintenance and management unit of a department or agency is fully responsible in ensuring that a building is safe; and to conduct immediate repairs on any damage to a building’s structure or its facilities. “The PWD will only intervene if a case involves large-scale damage,” he said.

The ceiling of the clinic collapsed at about noon on Monday, but no one was injured. Repair works were carried out on the same day. The clinic has 90 staff members, including two specialist doctors and 18 medical assistants. About 500 patients seek medical treatment at the clinic daily.

–NSTP



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Biar sampai terkeluar lidah tuntutan Filipina terhadap Sabah tidak akan dilayan – Anifah



KOTA KINABALU: Menteri Luar, Datuk Seri Anifah Aman menegaskan tuntutan negara Filipina ke atas Sabah tidak akan dilayan sama sekali oleh Malaysia hatta mereka ‘terkeluar lidah’ sekalipun.

Menurut Anifah, sekiranya tuntutan ini dilayan,i a boleh dilihat sebagai petanda kerajaan sedia ada bersetuju terhadap tuntutan itu dan beliau turut menegaskan tidak akan mengadakan sebarang perbincangan dengan mana-mana pihak dari negara berkenaan bagi membincangkan perkara terbabit.

Jelasnya, negara ini tetap berpegang teguh kepada pengiktirafan oleh Pertubuhan Bangsa-bangsa Bersatu (PBB) dan komuniti antarabangsa di mana Sabah adalah sebahagian dari Malaysia sejak persekutuan ini ditubuhkan pada 16 September 1963.

“Kita tidak mengiktiraf sebarang tuntutan yang dilakukan oleh mana-mana negara, kita tidak menghalang mereka daripada membuat tuntutan itu, biarlah mereka menuntut sehingga lidah panjang mereka keluar memandangkan mereka telah lama membuat tuntutan,” katanya selepas membuat pertemuan tertutup dengan bloger-bloger media sosial tempatan di Kota Kinabalu, hari ini.

Anifah turut menyatakan, terdapat juga segelintir pemimpin pembangkang yang menyelar tindakan kerajaan yang seolah-olah membisu terhadap perkara itu namun Anifah menjelaskan, perkara terbabit tidak perlu dibicarakan ke peringkat antarabangsa kerana ia seakan mengiyakan lagi tuntutan berkenaan.

Terdahulu, isu tuntutan yang terbaru terhadap Sabah ini timbul susulan salah seorang ahli jawatankuasa perundingan Filipina, Aquilino Pimentel Jr. yang mendakwa mahu memasukkan Negeri Sabah di dalam negara republik berkenaan dalam satu temu bual bersama sebuah agensi berita, baru-baru ini.

Sementara itu, dalam pertemuan berkenaan Anifah turut membayangkan hak-hak Sabah seperti yang termaktub dalam Perjanjian Malaysia (MA63) wajar dimasukkan sebagai manifesto Barisan Nasional (BN) menjelang Pilihan Raya Umum Ke-14 (PRU-14) termasuklah 40 peratus hak istimewa rakyat Sabah.

“Dengan sikap terbuka Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak yang bersedia mendengar tuntutan rakyat Sabah, saya rasa kita akan mendapat maklum balas yang positif dalam usaha kita untuk mendapatkan kembali hak yang sepatutnya menjadi milik kita,” katanya.

Dalam pada itu, Anifah turut menempelak tindakan mantan perdana menteri sebelum ini yang dalam pemerintahan selama 22 tahunnya tidak pernah mengambil berat berhubung isu di Sabah terutama mengenai MA63.



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Esszone curfew in Sabah extended for another 2 weeks


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MO,2/2/2018, KOTA KINABALU: The 81st phase of the curfew at the Eastern Sabah Safety Zone (Esszone), which ends today, will be extended for another two weeks for phase 82. The new curfew has been enforced from 6pm to 6am until Feb 18. Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Ramli Din said the order was enforced from three nautical miles off Tawau, Semporna, Kunak, Lahad Datu, Kinabatangan, Sandakan and Beluran.

He reminded the people in these districts to avoid being in the locations identified as a curfew zone. “The need to continue to curfew is to ensure that (our waters) are not intruded by terrorists who can threaten the safety of international researches and tourists on resort islands, who could be kidnapped by terrorist groups from the southern Philippines. “Our intelligence reveals that gangs involved in kidnappings for ransom and Abu Sayyaf militants are still attempting to intrude into our waters to commit crimes.

“We also want to ensure the safety of the people of Sabah who are in our waters and those who are on land near the Esszone,” he said in a statement today. Ramli added that the curfew was needed to facilitate the monitoring of boat activities as well as to establish a sense of security and confidence among nearby chalet owners and fishermen with the presence of a security team. “I have also given the authority to all related district police chiefs to issue permit to applicants who fulfil the criteria to conduct fishing in areas affected by the curfew.”

–NSTP



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High Court to decide next month whether defamation suit against local newspaper can be heard in Sabah


DIS

MO,2/2/2018, KOTA KINABALU: The High Court will decide next month whether the defamation suit by Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri against local newspaper Daily Express can be heard in Sabah. Judge Ravinthran Paramaguru fixed March 1 for ruling and ordered the applicant for the judicial review – lawyer Marcel Jude Joseph – and the three respondents to file in written submissions.

Marcel who was acting on his own accord to apply for the judicial review, had named the Registrar of the High Court of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur as first respondent, Ismail as second respondent, and Messrs Kesavan Advocates and Solicitors as third respondent. “The judge will make a decision after reviewing the written submissions on whether the High Court here has jurisdiction over a matter that was done by the Registrar of High Court of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur,” Marcel told reporters when met outside the court today.

Ismail last year filed the suit against the Sabah-based newspaper over articles published between Jan 24 and Sept 9, 2015, on a controversy surrounding turtle egg dishes served at an Umno function in Beluran. The Umno Supreme Council member filed the lawsuit through Messrs Kesavan, naming Sabah Publishing Sdn Bhd as the first defendant and Daily Express editor James Sarda as the second defendant.

According to a news report, Ismail claimed the articles suggested he was evading responsibility, had no respect for the Wildlife Conservation Enactment 1967 and showed disregard for the investigation process. Earlier this year Ismail was reported saying he had instructed his lawyers to pursue the case further after the latest court’s instructions that the case should be heard in Kuala Lumpur and not in Kota Kinabalu.

Marcel in his application for leave said a key factor the courts in Malaysia have to appreciate was that mere publication on the internet does establish jurisdiction but it has to go on to examine whether the defendant has a commercial or business presence, or conducted business in that jurisdiction. “In other words did the Daily Express owners or publishers circulate the newspapers in Peninsular Malaysia and did they depend on such circulation for income or profits?

“Did the said owners and publishers maintain a website or web presence for the purpose of promoting or circulating the newspaper in West Malaysia,” he reasoned.



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