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No conflict of interest, says Shafie
Published on: Thursday, May 17, 2018

Kota Kinabalu: NEW Chief Minister Datuk Seri Shafie insists there is no conflict of interest in him holding the post of state Finance Minister as well."What sort of interest do I have in mind? Don't say that I'm almost similar with the previous guys.

I don't want to do what they've done. I'm just managing the economy and, as an economist, I want to ensure the financial footing of the state is on the right track," he replied to a reporter's question after the swearing in of his Cabinet at the Istana Negeri, Wednesday.

To prevent abuse of power, he vowed to defuse some policy approvals under the new regime.

On his Cabinet line-up, Shafie said it is well represented by individuals of different professional backgrounds, expertise and capabilities.

He insisted that women have a big role to play not just in the State Cabinet but also at all levels of society under the new State Government.

He stressed that the new State Cabinet aims to fulfill all the promises made during the general election, particularly concerning more jobs for the people.

"We want to create more employment, especially the young, not give rice during the election," he said, referring to rice handouts during the election campaign by some parties.

He explained that the new State Government has three new ministries, one of which is the Ministry of Law and Native Affairs, which is tasked to look into issues that could spark racial conflict in the state, among others.

He also assured that the new State Cabinet is committed to serving people of all races and faiths in the state without discrimination.

To a question on the Tanjung Aru Eco Development (TAED) project, Shafie said he will study its legalities.

He will look into issues involving Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB).

"I will look into all issues, not just on electricity and water supply. There's been too many leakages," he said, adding that he has warned all the State Assembly members not to abuse their power and positions. – Leonard Alaza and Sherell Ann Jeffrey


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