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Erase secession thought: Arifin

Published on: Friday, September 05, 2014

Kota Kinabalu: Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister's Department Datuk Arifin Arif urged Sabahans and Sarawakians to be wise when getting information pertaining to ideas of Sabah and Sarawak leaving Malaysia.

"We have lived in peace with people in West Malaysia and Sarawak in one country.

The thought that we should be separated from them should be erased.

"People with this type of mentality should not even exist as our leaders are committed to accommodate the rakyat's needs. If there are needs which have not been met yet, there are proper channels to go through, which could be done in a mature and pleasant manner.

"In this State, our Chief Minister will deal with a matter before it reaches the Prime Minister."

"It has become our tradition to conduct things peacefully, so let us continue with the harmonious flow which has been practised throughout history.

"From time to time, Sabah and Sarawak also benefits through the Federal Government's assistance. Let's choose peace. We have been living in peace, so let's keep it that way."

Arifin said this during a press conference after officiating at Maahad Tahfiz Sabah's second convocation involving 17 graduates at Pacific Sutera Harbour Resort, here, Thursday.

"After this, they will be able to continue their studies at any university in Egypt, Saudi Arabia or any local university."

Meanwhile, he also announced an increment for principals in 104 state Islamic secondary schools - RM200 from their original allowance, while a RM100 increment will be enjoyed by Islamic kindergarten teachers.

Teachers appointed by the State Tithe Centre will also be given an increment of RM500 per person which equals to RM1,500. Islamic teachers in the State will be getting a RM200 increment. Their salary of RM800 per person will now be RM1,000, said Arifin.

He said that a student needs to score high in Arabic, Malay and English (SPM level) in order to enrol in the State's Maahad Tahfiz or any other local or overseas university.

In relation to this, Arifin reminded that a state-funded RM15 million Maahad Tahfiz Sabah would be built on a 16-acre plot in Kg Pimping, Membakut, adding that works on the project will commence next year.