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Avoid Topsy-Turvy Politics – Najib
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak (sixth from right) and Chief Minister Tan Sri Musa Hj Aman (seventh from right) receiving pledges from the Sabah ethnic leaders led by Datuk Abdullah Sibil, the chairman of Sabah Ethnic Consensus Association during Najib’s “Ramah Mesra” gathering with Sabahan ethnic groups, last night.
March 3rd, 2018 | 09:21 AM | 561 views
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has advised the people of the state to stick with the same party and to avoid ‘topsy-turvy politics’, which would only crush the dreams of Sabahans.
“Be sure that Sabah will have a bright future. I will do my best for Sabah as the state has great potential, but to do so we would need political stability. If the politics is topsy-turvy, all of our dreams will be crushed.
“We must go for the good team. If we stick with the same party, our job would be easier. A lot can be done if we stick with the same party,” Najib said during his speech at yesterday’s gathering with civil servants at the State Administration Building Centre (PPNS).
He cited Pulau Pinang and Selangor as examples of states that are more concerned with politics rather than the administration of the state.
Sabah and Sarawak, on the other hand, do not have such issues, Najib asserted.
“Thus, let us not try to change things which are good. All of us know that we have something good going on for the state and the nation. Do not ever change that because you will regret it.
“Yes, we are not perfect. But if you look at Pulau Pinang and Selangor, they are having much more problems than us,” Najib stressed, adding that the government will try to be better and learn from past mistakes.
Speaking to the crowd of 1,300, Najib had also reiterated his commitment in elevating Sabah, stressing that the matter was not mere ‘political rhetoric.’
The Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman disclosed that the Chief Minister Tan Sri Musa Haji Aman himself had personally told him that the former has done more for Sabah than someone who had been a Prime Minister for 22 years.
“I had never once rejected any application for funds from the Chief Minister,” Najib said, adding that he had given Sabah a total funding of RM6.2 billion for 2018 alone.
He reiterated that he had given RM1 billion for the refurbishment of dilapidated schools in Sabah and that he wants to realize his dream of seeing every single school in the state in good condition.
He also said that he will not forget the interior parts of Sabah, as per the request of Deputy Chief Minister cum Infrastructure Development Minister Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan.
“I have appointed seven federal ministers from Sabah. However, there are now only six as one of them left to ‘tolak rezeki’,” he added, a statement which appears to refer to former federal minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal.
Najib went on to cite other important federal posts that are currently being held by Sabahans, such as the Inland Revenue Board (LHDN) director post, the Federal Education director post, the Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) vice-chancellor post and many more.
“I am always on the lookout for talent in Sabah,” he added.
He asserted that more than 80 per cent of the teachers in Sabah now are comprised of locals and that Sabah would soon be able to reach its target of 90 per cent.
He added that 95 per cent and 22 per cent of the nurses and doctors in Sabah are now comprised of locals. This figure would increase once the Univeristi Malaysia Sabah teaching hospital (HUMS) has been completed, he said.
Commenting on the role of civil servants, Najib stressed that they must work together with the government as an integrated team, whereby both parties would give each other due respect.
courtesy of THE BORNEO POST
by Neil Brian Joseph
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