News http://mpkotamarudu.my/index.php/news/101-news-2017 Tue, 17 Jul 2018 20:48:12 +0800 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Ongkili: PBS to feature new, old faces as candidates in GE14 http://mpkotamarudu.my/index.php/news/101-news-2017/831-ongkili-pbs-to-feature-new-old-faces-as-candidates-in-ge14 http://mpkotamarudu.my/index.php/news/101-news-2017/831-ongkili-pbs-to-feature-new-old-faces-as-candidates-in-ge14

PENAMPANG:  Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) will submit a list of new and familiar faces to contest on the Barisan Nasional (BN) ticket in the 14th general election (GE14).

However, PBS acting president Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili did not say how many of them would be first-timers.

“We will try (to list) as many (new faces as candidates), but at the same time, keep the experienced candidates at grassroots level,” he told reporters at the PBS Christmas open house at Hongkod Koisaan KDCA Hall here on Monday.

The event held from 10am to 1pm was graced by Sabah Chief Minister Tan Sri Musa Aman.

Also present were Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Seri Yahya Hussin;  Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Hajiji Noor and Special Functions Minister Datuk Teo Chee Kang.

Federal Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Datuk Wilfred Madius Tangau, who is also president of United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (UPKO), was also present.

About 5,000 visitors attended the open house which featured several performances including choirs.

Ongkili, who is also federal Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water, said PBS would hold retreats in 13 districts around the state early next year, in preparation for GE14.

On party president Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan’s stance that he was 99 per cent certain of not contesting in GE14, he said the party was still discussing the matter and the final decision would be determined by the statesman.

Meanwhile, Pairin said the remaining one per cent chance of contesting in GE14 would be based on advice from the party’s leadership.

The Sabah Deputy Chief Minister hopes that all PBS and BN candidates who would contest in GE14  would be acceptable to the people. — Bernama

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mary@catzmedia.com (Mary) News (2017) Wed, 27 Dec 2017 21:39:17 +0800
Federal cabinet not peninsula govt – Abdul Rahman http://mpkotamarudu.my/index.php/news/101-news-2017/827-federal-cabinet-not-peninsula-govt-abdul-rahman http://mpkotamarudu.my/index.php/news/101-news-2017/827-federal-cabinet-not-peninsula-govt-abdul-rahman

KOTA KINABALU: The federal Cabinet is a cabinet for all and not merely a ‘kerajaan semenanjung’ (peninsula government) as claimed by some quarters.

This is because there are 12 ministers, six each from Sabah and Sarawak in the cabinet as full ministers, as pointed out by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan.

“We feel and share the Sabah for Sabahan sentiments of some and we understand their consideration to protect Sabah and its people’s interest but I want to stress that there are six ministers from Sabah.

“The federal cabinet does not belong to Peninsular Malaysia and I can guarantee that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak always lends an ear to what we, the ministers from Sabah and Sarawak, have to say,” he said.

Speaking to reporters after officiating at the Sungai Damit bridge project ground breaking ceremony in Tuaran yesterday, the Kota Belud member of parliament disclosed that there have been a few cabinet papers which were not passed because the Sabah and Sarawak ministers protested to these.

The Prime Minister postponed the decision on these papers (and) this had never happened before, he pointed out.

Abdul Rahman said that the six Sabah ministers, namely, Datuk Seri Anifah Aman (Foreign Minister), Datuk Seri Panglima Wilfred Madius Tangau (Science, Technology and Innovation Minister), Tan Sri Joseph Kurup (Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department), Datuk Seri Salleh Said (Communication and Multimedia Minister), Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili (Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister) and himself would give their opinions without fear or favour on cabinet papers that involved the interest of Sabahans.

“The Prime Minister will listen to all the views of Sabahans, who are represented by six ministers as their voice. I can guarantee you that no government decisions on matters that involve the interest of Sabahans are made without being discussed and debated by the six of us,” he stressed.

“So don’t assume that the federal government is a ‘peninsular government’… it is a Malaysian government where Sabah and Sarawak have big voices in determining the country’s development halatuju.

“We are there… we will defend every rights and interests of Sabahans without fear or favour that goes without saying,” Abdul Rahman added.

Source : theborneopost

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bash@catzmedia.com (Bash) News (2017) Mon, 18 Sep 2017 16:24:21 +0800
RCI on illegals: Expect to hear from Zahid soon – Mositun http://mpkotamarudu.my/index.php/news/101-news-2017/830-rci-on-illegals-expect-to-hear-from-zahid-soon-mositun http://mpkotamarudu.my/index.php/news/101-news-2017/830-rci-on-illegals-expect-to-hear-from-zahid-soon-mositun

MATUNGGONG: Concerns over alleged Federal Government’s sincerity in implementing the recommendations of the Royal Commission of Inquiry on Illegal Immigrants in Sabah are unfounded, said Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) secretary general Datuk Johnny Mositun.

The delay in taking action did not mean that the Federal Government was not serious in handling the matter, he said.

“That is not true. On the other hand, the delay is due to the need for a comprehensive and effective plan of action to resolve a complicated problem that goes back several decades, an inherited problem that doesn’t lend itself to any hasty or knee-jerk solution,” Mositun said when speaking at the joint opening of the AGMs of the  party’s Matunggong and Tanjung Kapor Divisions here.

He was representing PBS acting president, Datuk Seri Panglima Dr. Maximus J. Ongkili.

Also present were Assistant Minister of Welfare and Community Affairs Datuk Anita Baranting, PBS information chief Datuk Jahid Jahim and PBS Matunggong Division chief Sarapin Magana ,Tanjung Kapor Division chief Stanley Majimil,former assemblyman Datuk Markus Majihi and former MP Henry Madatang.

Mositun said all Sabahans wanted a quick solution to the problem, and their impatience over the delay in implementing the RCI recommendations was understandable but he said it was not fair to blame its Working Committee chairman Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan or PBS for not doing anything to see these recommendations implemented soon enough.

“It is just not right to point accusations at PBS and Tan Sri Joseph because the RCI Working Committee he Chaired was formed by the Federal Government and had nothing to do with PBS or any individual political party. That Tan Sri Joseph is also PBS president is a coincidence, that’s all,” Mositun said.

Mositun also rejected charges by critics of the government that the RCI was merely a  BN gimmick and that the Federal Government was not serious about resolving the problem of illegal immigrants in Sabah.

He said Parti Warisan Sabah deputy president Darrel Leiking, despite being well-educated and quite knowledgeable about government matters, chose to play up this issue because he knew it struck a chord with Sabahans and leaders and followers of opposition parties and groups that usually sprout up like mushrooms at election time.

“But PBS knows for a fact that the Main Committee chaired by the DPM has made a thorough study of the recommendations and drawn input from the various ministries, departments and agencies that will have to implement the RCI recommendations,” he said.

He said PBS had no wish to pre-empt Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi on the matter but added that Ongkili had been liasing with the Federal Cabinet and the Home Minister over this matter to have it expedited.

“All I will say at this juncture is that Sabahans will hear from Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi himself soon about the matter. Of that I am confident. The opposition can speculate and disparage the BN, but we in PBS know that both the State and Federal authorities have been doing their work quietly and without fanfare,” he said.

Mositun told the PBS Divisional leaders and members not to believe in the opposition’s claims of being strong enough to topple the BN.

“That is all empty rhetoric. They are not even united among themselves. They are arguing over almost everything, taking potshots at each other, jumping from one party to another in search of positions and  improving their chances of being nominated as candidates, and unable to form a credible alliance even among themselves,” Mositun said.

Calling on voters in Matunggong and Tanjung Kapor to be wary of sweet-talking opposition party candidates, he said there were many opportunists who would contest on opposition tickets but if they were lucky enough to win, they would later jump back to BN or declare themselves BN-friendly.

” My advice is for the voters not to take chances with political opportunists like these who are now either forming new parties, are jumping from one part to another just to become candidates. See for yourselves the truth, and place your trust in BN,” Mositun said.

Source : theborneopost

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bash@catzmedia.com (Bash) News (2017) Thu, 14 Sep 2017 16:29:00 +0800
Mositun: Delay in Sabah illegal migrants RCI not PBS' fault http://mpkotamarudu.my/index.php/news/101-news-2017/826-mositun-delay-in-sabah-illegal-migrants-rci-not-pbs-fault http://mpkotamarudu.my/index.php/news/101-news-2017/826-mositun-delay-in-sabah-illegal-migrants-rci-not-pbs-fault

KOTA MARUDU: The concerns of Sabahans over the Federal Government’s sincerity in implementing the recommendations of the Royal Commission of Inquiry on Illegal Immigrants in Sabah are unfounded, said Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) secretary general Datuk Johnny Mositun.

 

He said the delay in acting on the recommendations does not mean that the Federal Government was not serious in handling the matter.

"That is not true. The delay is due to the need for a comprehensive and effective plan of action to resolve a complicated problem that goes back several decades, an inherited problem that doesn’t lend itself to any hasty or knee-jerk solution,” he said at the opening of the joint-annual general meetings of Matunggong and Tanjung Kapor PBS divisions here.

He was representing PBS acting president Datuk Dr Maximus Ongkili.

 

Present were Assistant Minister of Welfare and Community Affairs Anita Baranting, PBS information chief Datuk Jahid Jahim and Matunggong division chief Sarapin Magana, Tanjung Kapor chief Stanley Majili, former assemblyman Datuk Markus Majihi and former MP Henry Madatang.

Mositun said Sabahans wanted a quick solution to the problem, and their impatience over the delay in implementing the recommendations was understandable.

However, he said, it was not fair to blame the Working Committee chairman, Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan, or PBS for not doing anything.

“It's just not right to point accusations at PBS and Tan Sri Joseph because the RCI working committee that he chaired was formed by the Federal Government and had nothing to do with PBS or any individual political party.

"That Tan Sri Joseph is also PBS president is a coincidence, that’s all,” Mositun said.

Mositun rejected claims that the RCI was merely a Barisan Nasional gimmick and that the Federal Government was not serious about resolving the problem of illegal immigrants in Sabah.

He said Parti Warisan deputy president Darell Leiking, despite being well-educated and knowledgeable on government matters, chose to play up the issue because he knew it would stike a chord with Sabahans, and leaders and followers of opposition parties and other groups that usually sprout up during the election time.

“But PBS knows for a fact that the Main Committee chaired by the Deputy Prime Minister has made a thorough study of the recommendations and drawn input from the ministries, departments and agencies that will have to implement the recommendations,” he said.

He said PBS had no wish to pre-empt Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi on the matter but added that Dr Ongkili had been liasing with the Federal Cabinet and the Home Minister for the matter to be expedited.

“All I will say at this juncture is that Sabahans will hear from Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi himself soon about the matter.

"Of that I am confident. The opposition can speculate and disparage the BN, but we in PBS know that both the State and Federal authorities have been doing their work quietly and without fanfare,” he said.

Mositun told the leaders and members not to believe in the opposition’s claims of being strong enough to topple Barisan.

"That is all rhetoric. They are not even united among themselves.

"They are arguing over almost everything, taking potshots at each other, jumping from one party to another in search of positions and improving their chances of being nominated as candidates.

"They are unable to form a credible alliance even among themselves," he said.

Calling on voters in Matunggong and Tanjung Kapor to be wary of sweet -talking opposition candidates, Mositun said there were many opportunists who would contest on opposition tickets and if they are lucky enough to win, they would later jump back to Barisan or declare themselves Barisan-friendly.

"My advice is for voters not to take chances with political opportunists who are now either forming new parties or jumping from one party to another just to become candidates.

"See for yourselves the truth, and place your trust in BN,” Mositun said.


Source : thestar

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bash@catzmedia.com (Bash) News (2017) Wed, 13 Sep 2017 16:23:35 +0800
Ongkili: Selangor must make offer to Splash, agree price tag first http://mpkotamarudu.my/index.php/news/101-news-2017/828-ongkili-selangor-must-make-offer-to-splash-agree-price-tag-first http://mpkotamarudu.my/index.php/news/101-news-2017/828-ongkili-selangor-must-make-offer-to-splash-agree-price-tag-first

KUALA LUMPUR: With the Oct 5 deadline looming, the Energy, Green Technology & Water Ministry is still insistent that the Selangor state government make the next move in the water restructuring exercise.

Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Dr Maximus Johnity Ongkili said the state government must make an offer to Syarikat Pengeluar Air Sungai Selangor Sdn Bhd (Splash) and agree on a price tag before the federal government can determine how it will assist with the acquisition cost.

“I am waiting for the Selangor government. I have answered in Parliament and many times publicly that the principle is ‘willing buyer willing seller’. They must make an offer to Splash then come back to us and ask how much the federal government can help,” he told reporters at the opening ceremony of the 7th IWA-ASPIRE Conference 2017 yesterday.

“I am only the arranger, I cannot name a price for them. They must make an offer to Splash. They know the valuation, they know the value, just make an offer to Splash because it will take a long time. Splash has to go to its board, it is a listed company,” he said.

On the federal government’s proposal for a 60:40 ratio to acquire Splash equity, with the state government bearing 40% of the cost, Ongkili said there has been some preliminary discussion but the final decision depends on the acquisition price agreed upon between the state government and Splash.

The federal government will look at the state government’s capacity to pay and how much help the government has provided previously, for the acquisition of three other companies under the restructuring deal.

“Based on that, we have to discuss at federal government level how much we can help. We will be reasonable. We need to check whether they have assets to back their borrowings and then we will see, subject to what we have already assisted and how much we can assist them.

“But this thing can only take place after they have signed the sale and purchase agreement,” Ongkili said.

He declined to disclose how much of the acquisition cost the federal government is willing to bear but said that it is negotiable.

On the independent valuation carried out by Deloitte, Ongkili said the report is meant to be the federal government’s third valuation and the details will not be shared with the state government.

“Two banks previously have given us the price and so we wanted to be confident because assets can devalue moving forward but borrowings and loans increase with interest. So we have to go through that process,” he said, adding that the state government has also done its own valuation and has a value for the asset.

On whether the Oct 5 deadline will be extended again should the state government fail to make an offer to Splash, Ongkili said there will be further discussions with the state government.

In 2014, the Selangor state government and the federal government signed an agreement which would see the state government take over four water concessionaires operating in the state, namely Puncak Niaga Holdings Bhd, Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Syabas), Konsortium Abbas Sdn Bhd and Splash.

The state government has already taken over water assets belonging to the three companies, except for Splash, which has been delayed twice from Oct 7, 2016 to April 7, 2017 with the latest deadline being Oct 5, 2017.

Note that Splash owes some RM530 million in receivables to Taliworks Corp Bhd as of March 2017, which is recoverable, provided the Splash acquisition issue is resolved.

Source : thesundaily

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bash@catzmedia.com (Bash) News (2017) Mon, 11 Sep 2017 16:25:14 +0800
No offer price on SPLASH by Selangor yet, says minister http://mpkotamarudu.my/index.php/news/101-news-2017/825-no-offer-price-on-splash-by-selangor-yet-says-minister http://mpkotamarudu.my/index.php/news/101-news-2017/825-no-offer-price-on-splash-by-selangor-yet-says-minister

KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 11): As the Oct 5 deadline looms to finalise the takeover of Syarikat Pengeluar Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (SPLASH), the federal government is still waiting for the offer value of the water concessionaire by the Selangor state government, said Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water, Datuk Seri Maximus Johnity Ongkili. 

“The Selangor government will name the price to Splash shareholders, and then we will discuss with them on how much we (federal government) will give [to fund the acquisition],” Ongkili said. “But it [the scale of the fund] will be reasonable,” he added.

Ongkili was speaking to the press after his keynote address at the opening ceremony of the International Water Association (IWA) — Asia Pacific Region (Aspire) Conference 2017 here today.

When asked if the deadline will be further extended if the Selangor state government does not come up with an offer price, Ongkili simply said: “We will have to discuss with them.”

According to earlier reports, Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali said the deadline for the federal and Selangor governments to finalise the takeover was moved — for the second time — from April 6, 2017 to Oct 5, 2017, “because the federal government is waiting for its own international independent valuer to finalise the valuation of SPLASH’s assets”.

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bash@catzmedia.com (Bash) News (2017) Mon, 11 Sep 2017 16:22:03 +0800
Malaysia generates RM12.7b sales from Astana Expo 2017 http://mpkotamarudu.my/index.php/news/101-news-2017/829-malaysia-generates-rm12-7b-sales-from-astana-expo-2017 http://mpkotamarudu.my/index.php/news/101-news-2017/829-malaysia-generates-rm12-7b-sales-from-astana-expo-2017

ASTANA: Malaysia has generated a total of RM12.7 billion in business leads with companies based in the Republic of Kazakhstan, China and Switzerland in the three-months of its participation in Astana Expo 2017.

Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Dr. Maximus Johnity Ongkili said the total figure from the potential trade and investment was garnered from 14 memorandum of understanding (MoUs) signed, which valued at RM5.05 billion as well as business matching sessions that received potential businesses valued at RM7.6 billion.

“This surpassed the RM1 billion initial trade and investment target that Malaysia has set for Expo 2017 in Astana. I am confident that these MoUs will take off especially with the full amount of support given by both Governments of Malaysia and Kazakhstan,” he said at a press conference after the Malaysia-Kazakhstan Energy Business Forum on Wednesday.

The MoUs cover the areas of green technology cooperation, education, oil and gas, innovation, water and wastewater and entrepreneurship.

Maximus said there are opportunities for Malaysian companies to venture into the oil and gas as well as Islamic green financing industries besides renewable energy sector in Kazakhstan.

"The Expo 2017 has served as a platform for Malaysia to engage with Kazakhstan and strenghten our relationship. I’m confident that moving forward we will continue to work together even after Expo ends,” he added.

One of the areas that Malaysia and Kazakhstan will work together on is to achieve the countries’ mutually equivalent renewable energy generation mix target of 50 per cent by 2050.

In order to realise the goal, Maximus said Malaysia had rolled out its plans and programs such as the National Energy Efficiency Action Plan (NEEAP) 2016-2025 to jumpstart energy efficient culture in the country.

Meanwhile, the Malaysian pavilion at the Expo 2017 exhibition had recorded a total number of 618,256 visitors as of 5th September, 2017 from June 10.

Maximus said the Malaysia pavilion has achieved remarkable success being among the top most visited pavilions and most active for business programs at Expo 2017.”

“We clearly reaffirmed our commitment to powering green growth and showcases that renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable practices must work in unison to create a green future,” he added.

The Malaysian pavilion was selected for Honourable Mention for the Best Intepretation of Theme by the US-based Exhibitor Magazine.

The Expo 2017 will officially end on Sept 10.

Malaysia’s participation in the exhibition was spearheaded by the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water and implemented by the Malaysian Green Technology Corp as well as supported by its title sponsor, Tenaga Nasional Bhd. 

Source : New straits times

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bash@catzmedia.com (Bash) News (2017) Thu, 07 Sep 2017 16:27:04 +0800
Pulangan lumayan di Astana Expo 2017 http://mpkotamarudu.my/index.php/news/101-news-2017/824-pulangan-lumayan-di-astana-expo-2017 http://mpkotamarudu.my/index.php/news/101-news-2017/824-pulangan-lumayan-di-astana-expo-2017

ASTANA (Kazakhstan): Malaysia menjana RM12.681 bilion (AS$2.95 bilion) bagi perdagangan dan pelaburan berpotensi sepanjang 13 minggu berlangsungnya Astana EXPO 2017, kata Menteri Tenaga, Teknologi Hijau dan Air, Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili.

Daripada jumlah itu, katanya, sejumlah RM5.05 bilion adalah daripada 14 Memorandum Persefahaman (MoU) yang ditandatangani dengan syarikat Malaysia, manakala baki RM7.63 bilion disumbangkan oleh kerjasama berpotensi daripada sesi suai padan perniagaan.

MoU itu meliputi bidang kerjasama teknologi hijau, pendidikan , minyak dan gas, inovasi, air dan air buangan serta keusahawanan diperoleh daripada firma dan kerajaan Kazakhstan, selain syarikat dari negara lain termasuk India, China dan Switzerland.

"Sasaran perdagangan dan pelaburan yang berpotensi kita bagi EXPO 2017 hanya RM1 bilion, sebaliknya kita telah mencapai 13 kali ganda," katanya kepada pemberita selepas menyampaikan ucapan penutup di Forum Perniagaan Tenaga Malaysia-Kazakhstan di sini, semalam.

Antara MoU yang dimeterai adalah antara Kementerian Tenaga, Teknologi Hijau dan Air Malaysia dengan Kementerian Tenaga Kazakhstan bagi kerjasama teknologi hijau dan tenaga boleh diperbaharu, Ronser Bio-Tech Bhd dan Kazakhstan MEC LLP bagi hak pengedaran di Kazakhstan dan Asia Tengah serta NanoPac (M) Sdn Bhd dan Switzerland GC Global Consulting GMBH bagi teknologi nano dan teknologi sistem solar hibrid.

Selain itu, satu lagi MoU dijangka ditandatangani hari ini, antara Malaysia Accobiotech Sdn Bhd dan Kazakhstan Medilab untuk memasarkan produk perubatan Malaysia Accobiotech bernilai RM50 juta di Kazakhstan.

Ongkili berkata, syarikat Malaysia mengamalkan pendekatan berimpak tinggi melalui penggunaan teknologi canggih semasa EXPO 2017, yang menjadikan Malaysia Pavillion sebagai antara pavilion paling kerap dikunjungi dan paling aktif bagi program perniagaan sepanjang tempoh itu.

Beliau berkata, Malaysia Pavillion menarik 619,337 pengunjung setakat Isnin lalu, tiga kali ganda berbanding sasaran awal sebanyak 200,000 pengunjung.

Malaysia Pavilion turut terpilih untuk Penghargaan Kehormat bagi kategori Interpretasi Tema Terbaik oleh Exhibitor Magazine yang berpangkalan di Amerika Syarikat, katanya.

"Pencapaian itu membuktikan bahawa penyelesaian tenaga masa depan yang memberi inspirasi tidak hanya dihasilkan oleh negara maju," katanya.

Astana EXPO 2017 bermula pada 10 Jun 2017 akan berakhir pada 10 September 2017.

Pameran khusus antarabangsa yang bertema "Tenaga Masa Depan" itu bertujuan memberi inspirasi kepada perbincangan dunia antara negara, organisasi bukan kerajaan, syarikat dan awam mengenai kesan penting pengurusan tenaga ke atas kehidupan penduduk sejagat dan juga bumi ini. - BERNAMA

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bash@catzmedia.com (Bash) News (2017) Thu, 07 Sep 2017 11:37:05 +0800
Malaysia generates RM12.681b potential trade, investment at Astana EXPO 2017 http://mpkotamarudu.my/index.php/news/101-news-2017/807-malaysia-generates-rm12-681b-potential-trade-investment-at-astana-expo-2017 http://mpkotamarudu.my/index.php/news/101-news-2017/807-malaysia-generates-rm12-681b-potential-trade-investment-at-astana-expo-2017

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 7 — Malaysia has generated a total of RM12.681 billion (US$2.95 billion) in potential trade and investment throughout the 13-week Astana EXPO 2017, said Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili.

Of the  amount, he said RM5.05 billion was garnered from 14 Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) signed by Malaysian companies, while the remaining RM7.63 billion was contributed by potential collaboration from the business-matching session.

The MoUs, covering areas of green technology cooperation, education, oil and gas, innovation, water and waste water, and entrepreneurship, were secured from Kazakhstan’s government and companies, as well as companies from other countries, including India, China and Switzerland.

“Our potential trade and investment target for EXPO 2017 was just RM1 billion, but we have achieved 13 times more,” he told a press conference after delivering his closing remarks at the Malaysia-Kazakhstan Energy Business Forum here yesterday.

The MoUs were, among others, signed between Malaysia's Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water and Kazakhstan's Ministry of Energy for collaboration in green technology and renewable energy; Ronser Bio-Tech Bhd and Kazakhstan MEC LLP for distribution rights in Kazakhstan and Central Asia; and NanoPac (M) Sdn Bhd and Switzerland GC Global Consulting GMBH for the nanotechnology and hybrid solar system technology.

Another MoU is expected to be signed later today between Malaysia Accobiotech Sdn Bhd and Kazakhstan Medilab to market the former’s medical products worth RM50 million in Kazakhstan.

Ongkili said the Malaysian companies adopted a high-impact approach using advanced technologies at the EXPO, turning the Malaysia Pavillion into one of the most visited pavilions and most active for business programme throughout the period.

He said as at Monday, the Malaysia Pavillion attracted 619,337 visitors, three times bigger than the initial target of 200,000 visitors.

It was accorded the Honourable Mention for Best Interpretation of Theme category by the prestigious US-based Exhibitor Magazine, he said, adding that, “This achievement proves that inspiring future energy solutions do not have to come from just the developed markets.”

Themed “Energy of the Future”, the Astana EXPO 2017 which started on June 10 will end on Sept 10.

The international specialised exhibition is aimed at inspiring global debate between countries, non-governmental organisations, companies and the public on the decisive impact that energy management has on the lives of people and that of the planet. — Bernama

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bash@catzmedia.com (Bash) News (2017) Thu, 07 Sep 2017 10:48:56 +0800
Don't be split over dates, years http://mpkotamarudu.my/index.php/news/101-news-2017/806-don-t-be-split-over-dates-years http://mpkotamarudu.my/index.php/news/101-news-2017/806-don-t-be-split-over-dates-years

Kota Marudu: Malaysia may have its challenges, but the people should feel blessed to be citizens of the country.

Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister-cum-PBS acting President Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili said not many countries in the world possess the potential, heritage and resources like we do..

The unity of the people and the patriotism spirit is also in line with Parti Bersatu Sabah's slogan.

Speaking at the Kota Marudu District Level Independence Day Celebration, here, Tuesday, the Kota Marudu Member of Parliament also reminded the people the importance of appreciating both the nation and state's history, particularly on the subject of Malaysia's independence in East and West Malaysia.

"It is written in history books that Peninsular Malaysia gained its independence 60 years ago, while Sabah and Sarawak are celebrating its 54th independence."

Ongkili noted that the differences in the length of independence gained should not deter them to think similarly as Malaysians.

"In any case, Sabahans shouldn't have a problem with the date Aug 31. According to records, the then Governor-General of North Borneo, Sir William Allmond Codrington Goode lowered down the British Union Jack on a frigate in Jesselton Harbour on Aug 31, 1963.

"This marked the Independence of North Borneo from British rule, albeit just for 15 days till the formation of Malaysia on Sept 16."

He further called on the people to not let the differences of date and years divide them.

"That's why we have two National Day celebrations. These are Independence Day on Aug 31 and Malaysia Day on Sept 16. These events are intended to accommodate and value two historic milestones in our nation-building journey.

"Lets use these celebrations to strengthen unity and forge nationalism rather than creating division by exploiting historical differences," said Ongkili.

He said it was vital for Malaysians to remain united, be visionary and take on the challenges that we face as we compete with the rest of the world.

"Spend more time in moving forward and appreciate each other. Move towards solidarity and togetherness as we pursue our national goals, as lined up in TN50, an initiative to plan for the future of Malaysia in the period 2020 to 2050," Ongkili said.

TN50, a brainchild of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, in an initiative that plans from the vision of becoming a developed nation, and strives to be amongst the top countries in the world in economic development, citizen well-being and innovation.

Source : dailyexpress

 

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