Prime Minister Announces Goodies For Malaysia’s Borneo State, Sabah


by Jaxon S on May 31, 2008

in Borneo Development Issues

Malaysia’s Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, who is on a visit to Sabah, the Malaysian state on Borneo island, has announced a series of goodies for the state today.

The following are the goodies’ highlights:

  • The Sabah Federal Development Department (JPPS), set up when Sabah was under the then opposition Parti Bersatu Sabah is abolished with immediate effect;
  • Following the abolishment of the JPPS, a new agency called the Sabah State Development Office is set up to handle the Prime Minister’s special allocations and monitor implementation and progress of federal government projects;
  • A cabinet committee on illegal immigrants is formed, to be chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and will comprise several Sabah leaders;
  • A total of RM1 billion allocation from the prime minister’s special allocation to be distributed according to development requirements in Sabah;
  • Sabah-born Professor Datuk Kamaruzaman Ampong is appointed the new vice-chancellor of Universiti Malaysia Sabah effective June 18;
  • Another Sabah-born Yusuf Saringgit is named the new Sabah Federal Financial Officer effective tomorrow. Mr Saringgit is indeed well-named for the task;
  • A Petronas downstream petro-chemical plant to be set up in Sabah;
  • A 300MW gas fuelled power plant will also be set up to improve the state’s power supply; and
  • An additional RM400,000 allocation for each state constituency. [Source: Bernama, The Star]

So, there’s no more danger of Sabah MPs crossing over to the opposition?

Here’s another perspective from Reuters, which reported that:

“Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, fighting for political survival, made some concessions on Saturday to a politically important state whose leaders could decide whether he stays in office.

“During a visit to the resource-rich but otherwise largely poor eastern state of Sabah on Borneo island, Abdullah pledged to tackle the problem of illegal immigrants, increase funding for rural development and build a power plant to ease interruptions in energy supply.”

Hmm… Sabah, a “politically important state”. I kinda like that phrase.

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Vincent June 1, 2008 at 1:00 am

Another “Say one thing, do another” speciality from Uncle Lah.

Believe one of his word would be fatal! So to trust of not to trust???

SiaBaini June 1, 2008 at 3:58 am

Biasalah tu. Manada orang melawat rumah kita, cakap rumah kita buruk dan makanan ta’ sedap kan.

Hopefully, genuinely ALL true!

jaxons June 1, 2008 at 8:29 am

Vincent, SiaBaini: hopefully this time around, the illegal immigrant issue will be resolved. Otherwise, saya and many others, akan hilang kepercayaan buat selama-lamanya…

Jusdy J. June 1, 2008 at 9:31 am

i hope the PATI issues will be the top priority……..

StuckS June 1, 2008 at 11:10 am

pak lah really want to ‘make up’ with Sabah..
hope no more ‘cakap tapi nda buat’..hehe

jaxons June 1, 2008 at 10:29 pm

Jusdy J, ya, the PATI issue is the key.. just resolve that issue, we will be happy.

StuckS, betul tu. banyak kali sudah kata may atasi isu PTI tapi nda selesai2

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