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A boom in Sabah's economy under Musa
Published on: Sunday, August 13, 2017

Kota Kinabalu: Sabah experienced a boom in the local economy under the leadership of Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman.

Finance Minister (II) Datuk Seri Johari Abdul Ghani (pic) said in 2011, Sabah's economy increased 2.1 per cent and continued to increase every year where in 2015 Sabah's economic growth was 6. 1 per cent.

Towards this end, Johari, who is also an Umno Supreme Council member, emphasised that political stability in Sabah is very important and urged members not to be complacent with the present situation.

"Do not take our present strength for granted, when we are still in power as the government we must ensure Sabah continues to progress," he said.

Johari said the Barisan Nasional (BN) government would not betray the people of Sabah.

"If there are weaknesses, anything that we feel is not appropriate in Sabah, we can discuss and I believe the BN government will not persecute Sabah people, "he said.

"If viewed in terms of allocation at State level, we respect each other between Federal and State.

We at Federal level do not want to intervene in Umno/BN politics in the State. We let them administer.

"We must remember that BN is strong because BN is the only party that can take into account the interests of component parties.

"We must have a formula. Umno shares power with other party components by giving ministerial posts and deputies to party components.

"This is because of the united spirit that we in BN hold," he said at the joint-opening of Umno Kota Kinabalu, its Youth, Wanita and Puteri movement annual delegates meeting at the Maktab Sabah here Saturday.

He also said that the Federal Government led by BN will not ignore the interests of Sabah but will further increase its commitment to develop the State to make Sabah a highly developed state in the next 10 years.

Johari said the Federal Government will look into some of Sabah's requirements, including the electricity supply needs and other infrastructure needs in order to maintain the rapidly growing tourism ecosystem and future industry development.

He said since Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak took over the country's leadership in 2009, billions of ringgit have been allocated by the Federal Government to build basic needs in Sabah between 2010 and 2017.

The Federal government has allocated RM10.56 billion for Rural Roads project from 2010 to 2017, he said.

"Of the total allocation, the Government has built 3,235 km of rural roads of which, Sabah gained 1,269 kilometres.

"During the same period, the Federal government allocated RM1.2 billion for the construction of 990 km of rural roads, of which 465 km were built in Sabah," he said.

He said from 2010 to 2017, the Federal government allocated RM6.4 billion for rural water supply projects to 351,000 houses nationwide and of the total 113,700 houses were in Sabah.

For rural electricity projects, Johari said 58,000 houses in Sabah was from 155,000 nationwide benefited from the project through the Federal government's allocation of RM6.8 billion between 2010 and 2017.

The Federal Government also allocated RM2.2 billion between 2010 and 2017 for people's housing projects (PPR) by building 94,000 housing units and of the total, 22,367 housing units allocated for Sabah while for the Pan Borneo Highway project, 1,236 kilometers will be built in Sabah with cost estimates about RM16 billion," he said.

Earlier, Kota Kinabalu Umno chief Faisyal Diego said they are submitting a motion of support for Najib and his deputy Dato Seri Dr Zahid Hamidi to lead the party and government and give a full support to Musa as Sabah Umno Liason Chief.

"We have to support the leader of the day and provide unwavering support for Najib to continue to lead the country and the BN government.

"The political power which Umno holds has contributed much to the fate of the people, he said. - Jo Ann Mool

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