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Many MA63 issues to resolve: Jeffrey
Published on: Monday, November 28, 2022
By: Johan Aziz
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Many MA63 issues to resolve: Jeffrey
Jeffrey during a visit to the Sabah Parks exhibition booth while being briefed by Ludi.
KENINGAU: Star President, Datuk Seri Dr Jeffrey Kitingan, believes the Unity Government will provide a sustainable ecosystem and more stable government.

The State government will continue to support and ensure that cooperation between the State and Federal governments will be stronger.

“We welcome the establishment of a Unity Government to resolve politics in this country so that we can focus on development and resolving other issues,” he told reporters after officiating at the Crocker Range Biosphere Reserve Roadshow at the Bingkor community hall here, Saturday.

Regarding his statement that Star in the Perikatan Naisonal (PN) may no longer be relevant due to misunderstandings regarding the formation of a unity government at the federal level, Jeffrey explained:

“I said that we (Star) support and join this Unity Government but Perikatan (Nasional) does not. This means we are not on the same direction,”

He hoped that with the existing cooperation the people would see more prominent results regarding the demands of Sabah on the Malaysia Agreement, especially financial issues.

“We are waiting for the payment of the 40 per cent net financial revenue right including the financial right in terms of petroleum export tax collection and also tax or duty on imported petroleum products which we currently receive at RM120 million per year.

“But we are entitled to actually receive 10 per cent of the import value of petroleum products in Sabah which currently reaches approximately RM10 billion. That means we have to receive approximately RM1 billion through import duty rights on petroleum products,” he said.

On the programme, Jeffrey who is also the Deputy Chief Minister hoped that with the completion of this tour there will be more public awareness on the importance of taking care of the biosphere and accepting the fact that they cannot separate the biosphere from humans.

“As residents, we can also promote tourism products by producing many products from the forest, flora and fauna and so on. At the same time, the community can also promote community-based tourism and economic activities,” he said.

Jeffrey, who is also the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries and Keningau Member of Parliament, hoped that such programme will be an annual event.

Also present at the ceremony were the Assistant Minister of Works and Bingkor Assemblyman, Datuk Robert Tawik, Head of Section for Human and Biosphere Networks, Biosphere Reserves and Capacity Building, Unesco, Paris, Dr Hans Dencker Thustrup, District Officer, Henry Idol, Deputy Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment, Mary Malangking, Deputy Director (Administration, Finance, Research and Innovation), Sabah Parks, Rimi Repin, Deputy Director (Management, Operations and International Relations), Sabah Parks, Ludi Apin and Mohamad Farhan Mohd Zaid from Tasik Chini Biosphere Reserve, Pahang.

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