News http://mpkotamarudu.my/index.php/news/99-news-2015 Tue, 24 Apr 2018 04:24:20 +0800 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Malaysia, Indonesia Bincang Kerjasama Tenaga http://mpkotamarudu.my/index.php/news/99-news-2015/534-malaysia-indonesia-bincang-kerjasama-tenaga http://mpkotamarudu.my/index.php/news/99-news-2015/534-malaysia-indonesia-bincang-kerjasama-tenaga

PUTRAJAYA, Jan 21 (Bernama) -- Menteri Tenaga Malaysia dan Indonesia hari ini mengadakan perbincangan berhubung kerjasama tenaga dua hala, termasuk kemungkinan pemeteraian perjanjian usaha sama bidang berkenaan.

Menteri Tenaga dan Sumber Daya Mineral Indonesia, Dr Sudirman Said berkata dalam pertemuan di sini, rakan sejawatannya yang juga Menteri Tenaga, Teknologi Hijau dan Air, Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili juga membincangkan mengenai penubuhan satu jawatankuasa teknikal bagi pelaksanaan projek transmisi tenaga antara Sumatera dan Semenanjung Malaysia serta antara Tarakan, Kalimantan dan Tawau, Sabah.

Menurut kenyataan Kementerian Tenaga, Teknologi Hijau dan Air (KeTTHA), perbincangan kedua-dua pihak itu turut membabitkan kerjasama di bawah Grid Tenaga ASEAN, khususnya projek bersama Perusahaan Listrik Negara Indonesia dan Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) bagi kabel dasar laut yang menghubungkan Sumtera dengan Melaka.

Perkara lain yang dibangkitkan termasuk cadangan grid antara Tarakan di Kalimantan ke Tawau serta grid Sarawak-Kalimantan Barat.

Buat permulaan, jumlah bekalan tenaga dari Sarawak-Kalimantan itu adalah 20 megawatt (MW) yang akan dipertingkatkan kepada 200MW berdasarkan kapasitinya, kata kenyataan itu.

Sudirman yang dalam rangka lawatan dua hari ke Malaysia, turut mempelawa Ongkili untuk menghadiri Forum Tenaga Bersih Bali pada 10 dan 11 Feb, 2016.

Bersempena kunjungannya itu, Sudirman juga melawat pejabat Pihak Berkuasa Pembangunan Tenaga Lestari serta TNB.

 

Source - Bernama

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News (2015) Thu, 21 Jan 2016 12:16:08 +0800
Ongkili, Indonesian energy minister hold energy cooperation talks http://mpkotamarudu.my/index.php/news/99-news-2015/533-ongkili-indonesian-energy-minister-hold-energy-cooperation-talks http://mpkotamarudu.my/index.php/news/99-news-2015/533-ongkili-indonesian-energy-minister-hold-energy-cooperation-talks

PUTRAJAYA, Jan 21 — Malaysian and Indonesian energy ministers held talks on a bilateral energy collaboration here today, culminating on the possibility of signing an energy cooperation arrangement.

Indonesian Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Dr Sudirman Said and Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili also deliberated on the setting up a technical committee to expedite the implementation of the transmission projects between Sumatra and Peninsular Malaysia, and between Tarakan, Kalimantan and Tawau, Sabah.

They also touched on cooperation under Asean Power Grid, especially specific projects pertaining to Indonesia’s Perusahaan Listrik Negara and Tenaga Nasional Bhd’s joint project for the Sumatra submarine cable link between Sumatra and Melaka.

Sudirman earlier called on Ongkili at the latter’s office here before holding the discussion, the Energy, Green Technology and Water Ministry said in a statement.

Other matters raised included the proposed grid between Tarakan in Kalimantan to Tawau, as well as the Sarawak-West Kalimantan grid which was commissioned yesterday.

At the outset, the amount of power supplied from the Sarawak-Kalimantan link is 20MW and eventually increases to 200MW based on its design capacity, it said.

Sudirman, who is on a two-day visit to Malaysia, invited Ongkili to participate in the forthcoming Bali Clean Energy Forum in Bali on February 10 and 11.

The Indonesian minister also visited the Sustainable Energy Development Agency and Tenaga Nasional Bhd.

 

Source - Malay Mail

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News (2015) Thu, 21 Jan 2016 12:14:36 +0800
IRENA CAN PLAY ROLE TO ENSURE WEST FULFILS PROMISE OF ASSISTANCE http://mpkotamarudu.my/index.php/news/99-news-2015/529-irena-can-play-role-to-ensure-west-fulfils-promise-of-assistance http://mpkotamarudu.my/index.php/news/99-news-2015/529-irena-can-play-role-to-ensure-west-fulfils-promise-of-assistance

ABU DHABI: Malaysia wants the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) to play a role to ensure the West keep their promise to provide assistance and support for developing countries to reduce climate change.

Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water Datuk Seri Panglima Dr Maximus Ongkili stressed that there was a need to follow through the implementation of the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) for each country to reduce greenhouse gases (GHG).

 

“The West need to provide the necessary support to enable every country to implement their INDCs. The INDCs cannot be converted into goals and policies to be adopted by the respective countries without this assistance,” he said, adding that funding was always a problem for developing countries to enhance renewable energy adoption so as to reduce carbon emissions.

 

Speaking at the two-day Ministerial Roundtable Meeting of the 6th session of the IRENA assembly that ended on Jan. 17, he said Malaysia regretted that the West, led by the United States, had not fulfilled their promise.

 

The INDCs are voluntary actions published by all countries that signed the UN Framework on Climate Change (UNFCC) as a lead up to the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris (COP21).

 

Dr Maximus participated in the Ministerial sessions on “After COP21: Concerted Action Towards Renewable Energy Deployment” and session on “After COP21: Financing Renewable Energy – Scaling Up Investment”.

Sharing Malaysia’s experience, he said it had set “a bold goal” to reduce GHG emissions intensity of the GDP by 45% by 2030 compared to the 2005 levels.

 

“Malaysia has so far achieved 33% reduction. Under our target, 35% is supposed to be achieved on an unconditional basis and the other 10% reduction is conditional upon receipt of climate finance, technology transfer and capacity building assistance,” he said.

 

Nevertheless, he pointed out that Malaysia’s success story was not without challenges with finance being the main challenge. “This highlights why climate change policy formulation and policy drivers need political commitment to succeed,” he said.

 

Dr. Maximus said 10 years ago when the UNFCC was very active on climate change issues, many developing countries were sceptical and approached climate change issues as a Western conspiracy.

 

“But by COP15, Malaysia had already acknowledged that climate change was real and set its carbon emission targets. Since then, we put in place necessary instruments to reduce climate change, in order to ensure our development is sustainable,” he said.

 

These include the National Biofuel Policy (2006), National Renewable Energy Policy (2010), the Renewable Energy Act and Sustainable Energy Development Authority Act in 2011, while the Feed-in Tariff mechanism was introduced in 2011. 

 

“With these policies and measures, renewable energy in Malaysia now makes up 24% in total installed capacity and comprises 10.1% of our energy mix, including hydro,” Dr Maximus added.

 

Malaysia also committed to provide RM4.6bil for the Green Technology Financing Scheme for the duration of 2010 to 2017. Under this scheme, the Government subsidises two percent of the total interest rate and provides a guarantee of 60% on the financing amount via Credit Guarantee Corporation Malaysia Bhd, with the remaining 40% borne by participating financial institutions.

 

“In the long run, we want the private sector to drive the renewable energy initiatives and move towards decarbonised energy in the long term,” he said.  

 

Dr Maximus also informed the meeting that Malaysia’s latest initiatives include embarking on Net Energy Metering and developing Large Scale Solar PV with a set target of 250MW annually for the next four years.

 

The Minister and his delegation comprising officials from the ministry, Sustainable Energy Development Authority (SEDA) and the Energy Commission subsequently attended the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week and participated in the World Future Energy Summit 2016 that ends Wednesday (Jan 20).

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News (2015) Mon, 18 Jan 2016 12:15:31 +0800
Sixth session of the International Renewal Energy Agency (IRENA) assembly in Abu Dhabi UAE http://mpkotamarudu.my/index.php/news/99-news-2015/528-sixth-session-of-the-international-renewal-energy-agency-irena-assembly-in-abu-dhabi-uae http://mpkotamarudu.my/index.php/news/99-news-2015/528-sixth-session-of-the-international-renewal-energy-agency-irena-assembly-in-abu-dhabi-uae

ABU DHABI (Jan. 16, 2016): Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water (KeTTHA) Datuk Seri Panglima Dr. Maximus Ongkili is leading a delegation of officials from KeTTHA and its agencies, the Energy Commission and Sustainable Energy Development Agency, to the 6th Session of the Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) being held from January 16-17, 2016 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Government officials from over 150 countries and the private sector, civil society and international bodies are attending the two-day conference that focuses on key tools and resources, including financial, to advance the shift to renewable energy. It is the first international conference held after COP21, and aims at moving the Paris Agreement on climate change reduction to the stage of action and implementation.

Datuk Seri Panglima Dr. Maximus is participating in the Ministerial Roundtable Discussion on "After COP21: Concerted Action Towards Renewable Energy Deployment" on Jan. 16 and at the Ministerial Roundtable on "After COP21: Financing Renewable Energy - Scaling Up Investment" the next day.

The Minister and his delegation will then attend the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week which opens on Jan. 18, 2016 and the World Future Energy Summit 2016 on Jan. 19, 2016 where he will participate in the panel session under the broad theme of  "Translating COP21 into action" . 


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P1: Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Dr. Maximus Ongkili together with (from left) Energy Commission Director (Energy Management Development and Service Quality) Mr. Abdul Rahim Ibrahim, Sustainable Energy Development Authority CEO Mdm. Catherine Ridu, Philippine Energy Minister Mdm. Zenaida Monsada and KeTTHA Sustainable Energy Under-Secretary Mr. Wong Tin Song, at the 6th session of the assembly of the IRENA.

P2:  Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Dr. Maximus Ongkili at the 6th session of the assembly of the IRENA, together with (from left) Sustainable Energy Development Authority CEO Mdm. Catherine Ridu and KeTTHA Sustainable Energy Under-Secretary Mr. Wong Tin Song.
 

P3, P4, P5, P6, P7: Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Dr. Maximus Ongkili participated in the Ministerial Roundtable Meeting on  "After COP21: Concerted actions towards Renewable Energy Deployment" during the 6th session of the assembly of the IRENA on Jan. 16, 2015.

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News (2015) Sun, 17 Jan 2016 11:59:00 +0800
1AZAM particpants looking toward small businesses http://mpkotamarudu.my/index.php/news/99-news-2015/525-1azam-particpants-looking-toward-small-businesses http://mpkotamarudu.my/index.php/news/99-news-2015/525-1azam-particpants-looking-toward-small-businesses

KOTA MARUDU: For villagers like 36-year-old Dulin Kasiun, a helping hand from the 1Azam programme goes a long way to make a difference to their lives when they are given opportunities to make a living.

The mother from Kampong Tagaroh here had always wanted to learn how to sew knowing that she could put the skills to use to help supplement her husband’s income. She is also aware of many women who made their living as seamstresses.

However their impoverished situation was not encouraging her towards making this dream come through as they struggled to make ends meet. So when the poverty eradication 1Azam programme (Program Akhiri Zaman Miskin) offered those registered in the e-Kasih data bank free skills courses, she jumped at the chance especially as her husband agreed to look after their son while she attended classes. “Not only did I finish the course but at the end of it, 1AZAM also gave me a brand new edging sewing machine costing about RM3,000.

With the foundation provided by 1Azam, I will set up my business by sewing clothes to supplement our family income. “I am encouraged because even while I was undergoing the course, I already received orders and was able to earn extra money.

I am glad to be given, and to take up, the 1Azam assistance which will improve my family’s lives as I can bring home additional income,” said Dulin. The 1Azam programme is initiated under the National Key Result Areas to eradicate poverty by giving the poor opportunities to independently earn a living. This includes providing them with skills and equipment to kickstart their small businesses. Dulin was among the 46 villagers here who received equipment from 1Azam such as chainsaw, grass cutter, hair dressing equipment, hamburger-making machine and car wash equipment, which were presented by Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water Datuk Seri Penglima Dr. Maximus Ongkili at a ceremony here today. In his speech, Dr Maximus, who is also Kota Marudu MP, reminded the recipients that they were not allowed to sell off the equipment to make a quick buck as the aid was meant for them to earn an income. “Spot checks will be conducted to ensure the equipment are being fully utilised by recipients,” he said.

Dr Maximus also urged the villagers to register with e-Kasih through the district office, as it would enable them to receive aid for the hardcore poor, poor and borderline poor people. He said the programme had proven to be successful in elevating the living standards of the recipients and some had gone on to earn good income for their families. “Thus, I hope more people in Kota Marudu will be made aware of this assistance and register themselves to ensure they also reap the benefits from the government assistance,” he said.

Source - Sayang Sabah

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News (2015) Wed, 13 Jan 2016 11:36:06 +0800
Manfaatkan pinjaman tanpa faedah bina rumah http://mpkotamarudu.my/index.php/news/99-news-2015/524-manfaatkan-pinjaman-tanpa-faedah-bina-rumah http://mpkotamarudu.my/index.php/news/99-news-2015/524-manfaatkan-pinjaman-tanpa-faedah-bina-rumah

KOTA MARUDU 9 Jan. – Kerajaan memperuntukkan RM20 juta sebagai pinjaman tanpa faedah bagi rakyat di negeri ini membina rumah panjang. 

Menteri Tenaga, Teknologi Hijau dan Air, Datuk Seri Dr. Maximus Ongkili berkata, untuk itu rakyat khususnya golongan muda seharusnya memanfaatkan peruntukan berkenaan.

“Kita mencadangkan penduduk kampung bersama-sama memohon pinjaman tanpa faedah ini termasuk golongan muda dan mereka yang sudah bekerja.

“Butiran skim itu sedang diperincikan dengan pihak berkuasa berkaitan,” katanya ketika ditemui selepas meninjau projek pembinaan Rumah Panjang Kampung Teringai Darat dan Kampung Rondamon, dekat sini hari ini.

Maximus yang juga Ahli Parlimen Kota Marudu memberitahu, anak-anak muda yang mempunyai pekerjaan stabil dan ingin menetap di rumah panjang perlu mengambil peluang melalui peruntukan berkenaan.

Berhubung pembinaan rumah panjang di Kampung Teringai Darat dan Kampung Rondamon, beliau berkata, para penduduk terlibat dijangka berpindah ke rumah berkenaan tidak lama lagi.

“Projek ini akan siap pertengahan tahun ini bagi menggantikan rumah panjang tradisional menggunakan kayu kepada bangunan separuh konkrit.

“Rumah panjang yang dibina itu merupakan sebahagian daripada komitmen kerajaan untuk menambah baik kediaman penduduk khususnya di kawasan luar bandar,” katanya.

 

Sumber - Utusan

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News (2015) Tue, 12 Jan 2016 16:06:51 +0800
Korporat perlu bantu pendidikan di Sabah http://mpkotamarudu.my/index.php/news/99-news-2015/523-korporat-perlu-bantu-pendidikan-di-sabah http://mpkotamarudu.my/index.php/news/99-news-2015/523-korporat-perlu-bantu-pendidikan-di-sabah

KOTA MARUDU - Peranan badan korporat dalam membantu perkembangan sektor pendidikan di luar bandar khususnya di Sabah amat perlu, kata Menteri Tenaga, Teknologi Hijau dan Air Datuk Seri Dr. Maximus Johnity Ongkili.

Beliau berkata peranan itu boleh dilaksanakan melalui program atau aktiviti Tanggungjawab Sosial Korporat (CSR) sebagai pelengkap serta kesinambungan kepada kemudahan disediakan kerajaan di sekolah-sekolah pedalaman.

"Sememangnya keperluan itu sentiasa luas dan besar. Di situlah peranan CSR pihak swasta dalam membantu memberikan peralatan sekolah," katanya kepada pemberita selepas menghadiri program "Jom Ke Sekolah" bagi kawasan Parlimen Kota Marudu anjuran Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) di Dewan Komuniti, di sini hari ini.

Maximus yang juga Ahli Parlimen Kota Marudu berkata syarikat korporat digalakkan membina asrama desa seperti yang telah dilaksanakan di beberapa sekolah di daerah itu seperti di Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Magandai, SK Marak Parak, SK Timbang Batu, SK Tanjung Batu, SK Nibang dan SK Pantai.

Selain itu katanya syarikat korport juga boleh membantu melalui pemberian komputer, mengadakan kelas tambahan dan mengambil sekolah tertentu sebagai sekolah angkat.

Mengenai program itu, Maximus mengalu-alukan kerjasama CSR di antara Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) dan Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB) yang menyumbang barangan keperluan kepada 400 pelajar sekolah di Parlimen Kota Marudu.

Sementara itu, Nazin Mailin, 42, bapa kepada pelajar tahun tiga di SK Tandik iaitu Aviana Nazin berkata anaknya amat gembira dengan bantuan yang pertama kali diterimanya itu.

 

Sumber - Bernama

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News (2015) Mon, 11 Jan 2016 16:04:34 +0800
Back to school programme in Kota Marudu http://mpkotamarudu.my/index.php/news/99-news-2015/527-back-to-school-programme-in-kota-marudu http://mpkotamarudu.my/index.php/news/99-news-2015/527-back-to-school-programme-in-kota-marudu

KOTA MARUDU: Like all parents, single mother Salina Matusin from Kg Longob here wants her child to have everything he needs. But the widow could not even afford to give him new school uniforms as Salina is the family’s sole breadwinner and also takes care of her late husband’s parents.

“I was planning ask my son to wear his old school uniform, school bags and shoes bought last year because they can still be used. Money is tight and I have to spend wisely,” said Salina, 36, who is a babysitter.

 

And although Mohd Hafiz Jotin, who is her only child, did not complain, she knew that the Primary 2 pupil of SK Masalog was feeling sad when he saw his classmates wearing new uniforms as the new school year starts.

 

“Thus I am elated when he was chosen as one of the 400 pupils in Kota Marudu to receive school bags, uniforms and shoes today. I am thankful and it is indeed a happy occasion as my son is also all smiles to receive the aid,” she said at the Kota Marudu Community Hall where 400 excited pupils from low income families in the Kota Marudu constituency received school aids worth RM200 each.

Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Dr Maximus Ongkili, who is also Kota Marudu MP, presented the aid to the pupils who ranged from Primary One to Six from nine schools, at the “Back to School” programme attended by their parents and teachers.

 

The pupils each received new school uniforms, school bags and shoes, worth a totalling RM80,000. The annual programme to help underprivileged school children is carried out by Tenaga Nasional Berhad in cooperation with SESB, both of which are agencies under the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water.

 

Dr Maximus in his speech commended the programme for helping to ease the burden of low income parents who have to fork out expenses to buy various necessities for their children at the start of school.

 

He said the development of education in Kota Marudu was not only carried out through planned programmes and policies of the Education Ministry and schools, but also the  involvement of the local leaders, parents, the private sector and NGOs.

 

“In Kota Marudu, the private sector and NGOs also play a pivotal role in assisting to provide infrastructure that gives rural students the same opportunity for education as enjoyed by those in towns and cities. These include provision of rural hostels and other aid.

 

“The efforts of all parties, including parents who encourage their children to pursue their studies, have seen Kota Marudu making marked improvements in the UPSR examination. For the 2015 USPR result, Kota Marudu came second for the whole of Malaysia for its District Average Grade performance which increased by 9.67 percent.

 

“Pupils who scored all As in their UPSR also increased by 225%, from 12 pupils in 2014 to 39 in 2015,” he said.

On his part as MP, Dr Maximus also initiated the “Excellent A Student” programme in 2014 whereby he rewards the pupils from 10 Kota Marudu schools classified as rural schools with RM100 for each As they score. For last year’s UPSR examination, 185 students obtained a total of 391 As.

 

Also present at the ceremony were SESB Managing Director Abd Razak Sallim, Tenaga Nasional Berhad Senior General Manager (Corporate Affairs and Communication) Datuk. Ir. Mohd. Aminuddin Mohd Amin, district officer Sualim Sanan and Sanaleh Daud from the district education office


The “Back to School” programme this year is carried out in 19 parliamentary constituencies in nine states, namely Sabah, Kedah, Perak, Negeri Sembilan, Malacca, Johor, Pahang, Sarawak and the Federal Territory of Labuan with a total of 4,800 students receiving school aid worth RM1,230,000.


In 2013, a total of 1,299 students from 78 schools in seven (7) states in Peninsular Malaysia benefited from this programme, while in 2014, it involved 2,489 students from 109 schools in nine (9) states.

 

Earlier, Dr Maximus chaired that Kota Marudu Parliamentary Agriculture Development Council which decided to hold an Agriculture Info Day to be participated by the 12 agencies represented in the council. They include FELCRA Berhad, RISDA, District Fisheries Department and the district office.

 

The activities for the programme will include seminars on latest technologies in agriculture, modern techniques to ensure higher yield and business opportunities in agriculture.

 

“We hope farmers in Kota Marudu will take advantage of this programme to equip them with the latest knowledge to increase their agricultural output and incomes. Although Kota Marudu district is fast developing in the commercial, property and services sectors, agriculture is still an important economic sector that contributes to 75% of the economic activities here.

 

“Agriculture is also a sustainable economic sector that can still thrive in spite of economic slowdown due to downturn in oil prices,” he said.

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News (2015) Tue, 05 Jan 2016 11:59:18 +0800
‘Sort out sharing of power’ http://mpkotamarudu.my/index.php/news/99-news-2015/522-sort-out-sharing-of-power http://mpkotamarudu.my/index.php/news/99-news-2015/522-sort-out-sharing-of-power

KOTA KINABALU: Several outstanding issues related to power sharing must be resolved within Sabah Barisan Nasional ahead of the next general election, says PBS deputy president Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili.

He said equitable power sharing was among the more pressing issues that needed to be sorted out before the elections, which is due in two years.

The issues included the division of seats in the impending electoral redelineation exercise.

“We hope there is no domination by any party in claiming rights to the seats, and fair and equitable consideration is made in determining the seat representation in Sabah Barisan,” he said at a PBS gathering in Tandek yesterday.

 

While Barisan would continue to dominate Sabah’s political landscape, the ruling coalition should not take grassroots support for granted.

“There is no small party or a party that does not matter in the Barisan because our victory is determined by the support and votes garnered by all component parties,” he added.

Dr Ongkili said power sharing is crucial to ensure Barisan remains strong in facing the general election. He is also confident that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman could address all these concerns.

On another issue, Dr Ongkili, who is Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister, said Malaysians had begun to understand the need for the Goods and Services Tax (GST) as a means for the Government to broaden its tax base, amid a drop in oil and gas revenues.

He said the economic challenges in Malaysia, including the decline in commodity prices and the devaluation of the ringgit, were happening in other countries as well.

“We have to work hard to explain to the people the Government’s measures to implement reforms to ensure that Malaysia is resilient in facing the global economic changes,” he added.

 

Source - The Star

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News (2015) Mon, 04 Jan 2016 14:20:31 +0800
New Year Message from Dr. Maximus http://mpkotamarudu.my/index.php/news/99-news-2015/526-new-year-message-from-dr-maximus http://mpkotamarudu.my/index.php/news/99-news-2015/526-new-year-message-from-dr-maximus

KOTA MARUDU (Dec 31 2015): There are still several outstanding issues which Barisan Nasional (BN) has to resolve in Sabah as component parties step up preparations and readiness to face the next general election.

Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) deputy president Datuk Seri Panglima Dr Maximus Ongkili said that while BN would continue to dominate politics in Sabah and the next general election is about two years away, the ruling coalition could not take grassroot support for granted and must immediately look into issues that affect the people and its supporters.

“One of the major issues is equitable and fair practice of power sharing in BN which PBS has often raised. There is no small party or a party that does not matter in the BN coalition because BN’s victory is determined by the support and votes garnered by all the component parties.

“Each component party must be given due recognition for its role and contribution to the family of BN. Power sharing is crucial to ensure BN is strong when facing the general election.

“This includes in the division of seats in the impending redelineation exercise. We hope there is no domination by any party in claiming rights to the seats, and fair and equitable considerations are made in determining the seat representation in Sabah BN,” he said in his New Year message delivered at Christmas and New Year gathering for PBS Tandek division members here on Wednesday night.

Dr Maximus, who is also Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister, added that, “It must be stressed that no single BN party can win majority of the Sabah seats alone, not even Umno on its own. Hence, it is crucial that the principle of partnership and power sharing is upheld and practised fully to ensure a solid common front to face the opposition.

“I am confident Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Najib and Chief Minister (Datuk Seri Panglima) Musa Aman can address the existing grouses of component parties to a higher level of satisfaction.”

He also said that the country had faced several economic and political challenges in the past year including the introduction of GST, decline in commodity prices as well as the Ringgit devaluation against the US currency, which were also experienced by other countries in the world.

“Thankfully, many people have now understood the need to implement the GST especially as a more diversified tax base is needed to mitigate the effects of the drop in share of revenue from oil and gas to our domestic economy.

“Nevertheless, we still have to work hard to explain to the people the measures undertaken by the Government to implement reforms to ensure Malaysia is resilient in facing the global economy,” he said.

He pointed out that it was crucial for BN to explain these issues well so that they are accepted by the people, whose support is needed for the reforms to succeed.

Dr Maximus who is also the Kota Marudu MP said equally important in Sabah was the issue of illegal immigrants and cross-border crimes. This issue must be resolved once and for all and the government must be seen to be taking a firm and wise decision in implementing laws and regulations to curb the influx of illegal immigrants to protect the security and sovereignty of Sabah.

“Incidences of kidnappings by cross-border criminals should also never recur in Sabah. Such ‘terrorists’ must never think that they can easily enter our waters and commit crimes and harm against our people. Illegal immigrants too should fear serious repercussions if they enter Sabah illegally.

“The issue of illegal immigrants and cross border crimes must be resolved if we are to continue to win over the hearts and minds of the people in Sabah in the next election,” he stressed.

He however, noted that there was already commendable progress in tackling the illegal immigrant problem as evidenced by the work of the Royal Commission of Inquiry on Illegal Immigrants in Sabah and the technical committee, as well as the formation of ESSCOM.

“What is needed is more essential action to implement the recommendations of the RCI and Technical Committee. For these reasons the full support of the whole public is essential,” he said.

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News (2015) Thu, 31 Dec 2015 11:44:03 +0800