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Funds: Liew to be transparent
Published on: Saturday, May 19, 2018

Kota Kinabalu: Newly appointed Deputy Chief Minister Christina Liew is creating a website for people in Sabah to see how development funds given to her are being spent.

"In our manifesto, we pledged to be transparent. Whatever development funds given to me will be posted in the particular page for the people in Sabah to see where have all my funds gone too.

"Nothing is secretive. All will be transparent and I want to be accountable for what I do," she said after attending the first State Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal at State Administration Centre (PPNS) here, Thursday.

While thanking the people of Sabah, especially the voters, for giving them the mandate to form a new State Government, she assured they will do their best and the people would not regret voting for them.

"Today (Thursday), our first cabinet meeting is basically a briefing for all. Shafie has given us a lot of guideline and advice on how we go about on doing things and we will also go by consensus.

As the new Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister, Liew aimed to enhance hot spots of tourists attractions and destinations in Sabah such as the Mount Kinabalu, homestays, Orang Utan sanctuary in Sepilok, Sandakan and Sipadan in Semporna.

She also plans to make Tawau and Sandakan among tourist destinations while spending their holidays here.

"When tourists from overseas spend their holidays in Sabah, normally they would come to the State Capital and will go to Mount Kinabalu for a day.

"Due to such trend, we will make Tawau and Sandakan among the tourist spots as we do not want the tourists to only come here and bypass other areas.

"We will work with the Sabah Tourist Guides Association and we want them to be involved in development of the industry," she said.

She said they are fully aware that the tourism industry is important as it comes second after timber industry and intend to go into further details soon.

"I am going back to Tawau and after that I will visit our PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

"I will be back next week and go to the Tourism, Culture and Environment Ministry," she said.

On her role to empower women in the State Cabinet, Liew hoped that she could play the role but at the same time, believed that women should not be limited in one sector because women will do well in any sector when given the opportunity.

"I hope my appointment as the Deputy Chief Minister would give some encouragement to women in Sabah.

"Just do the best you can and do not limit yourself and you will get your chance.

I am consistent in what I believe in and I believe that the country needs to change and cannot continue with corrupt abuse of power regime.

"Actually I want to see change before I retire. But luckily, I do not have to wait for too long," she said. - Hayati Dzulkifli

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