Monthly Archives: October 2009

Infrastructure devt gets timely boost: Tengah


BINTULU: Sarawak and Sabah would not be left unaided in the 2010 Budget allocation tabled by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on Friday. 

Second Planning and Resource management Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hassan said even though the budget looked generally small, the two states were given special attention by the federal government. 

“I think it is very good. Focus was given to infrastructure development, particularly for Sarawak since the state needs more good infrastructure,” he said. 

Besides he said the interests of the people and the less fortunate groups are given priority. 

“Even in this economy uncertatinty, Budget 2010 is comprehensive. The government under the prime minister is able to come up with one budget to take of interests of all sectors. 

“This is in line wit the government effort to have and achieve a new model of economy which emphasise education, marketing and innovation,” he told reporters when met at ParkCity Everly Hotel after attending the Head of State’s 88th birthday celebration at Bintulu civic centre.

He was confident the budget would boost the country’s economy particularly during economic tough times. 

Meanwhile Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department (Human Resource and Training) Datin fatimah Abudllah said; “I found the 2010 Budget focussed on physical development from the quality aspect and also pre-school education, childcare and teacher leadership. 

“Not only physical infrastructure was emphasised but also other sections that contribute to quality human capital development. So we feel this focus is right,” she said. 

She said if the government tries to produce quality human capital, it has to give priority to the physical aspect. 

On pre-school, she said: “We know somehow if we want to have an efficient workforce, we have to start from the bottom from childhood and pre-school stages. 

“In the long term, to be an extraordinary country, we have no choice but to give priority to education, this is the right strategy,” said Fatimah who is also Assistant Minister for Agriculture (Home Economics and Training). 

Assistant Minister of Infrastructure Development and Communication Datuk Lee Kim Shin was satisfied wit the fouc of the budget, especially efforts to develop the state’s infrastructure. 

Lee said the 2010 Budget has taken a different approach especially to introduce a high-income economy in this country. 

He agreed with the federal government emphasis to develop human capital which is the foundation to creating high income communities.

The decision to give tax relief to broadband subscription fees by up to RM500 a year from 2010 to 2012 to individual taxpayers can speed up the process of producing a high-tech community, he said.

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Budget 2010 reflects 1Malaysia vision: CM


BINTULU: Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud said the emphasis on the budget 2010 was in accord with the 1Malaysia vision for development in all states of the country. 

He suspected that the budget was crafted towards the Tenth Malaysia Plan (10MP) and for Sarawak in particular to achieve a high income economy. 

“As far as we are concerned, we are happy with the budget. It is a translation of what the prime minister had declared in Kuching that he doesn’t want to see any state left behind,” said Taib when asked for his comments on it yesterday. 

He said the focus was on improving infrastructure in Sarawak and Sabag which have been allocated 20 billion under the 2010 Budget. 

Taib said education and infrastructure are the bedrock to building a high income economy. 

“Without these, there are no other ways for us to improve the productivity of the community, upgrade worker quality and achieve a high income economy,” Taib said. 

Even for a middle income economy, the state requires sustained growth of five per cent for the next 20 years, he said. 

“The lauch of SCORE (Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy) is most important to us as we go into the 10MP, zooming into training needs and the new kind of workers needed. 

“We might need a couple more higher learning institutions as skills development centre under the 10MP,” he said. 

It was important to build up local skilled workers. 

Young people should be trained for jobs in technical science and research, as is starting to be done in Tanjung Manis. Various facilities need to be set up. 

Federal government assistance might be required to utilise the Internet network and build hardware for Sarawak. Taib believed improvement in infrastructure is vital for people in rural areas, particularly when it relates to education. 

He said in rural areas, pre-schools need to be upgraded and students taught to have greater interest in science. 

On the ICT allowance Taib said it was likely an incentive to encourage computer usage, though mostly confined to Iskandar Corridor at present.

24 receive awards at investiture


BINTULU: The late Datuk Amar Puan Sri Laila Taib was conferred the state award (posthumously) the Datuk Patinggi Bintang Kenyalang (DP) which carries the title ‘Datuk Patinggi’ by the Yang di-Pertua Negeri Tun Datuk Patinggi Abang Muhammad Salahuddin at an investiture ceremony held at a leading hotel here yesterday. 

The award was received by her daughter Hanifah Hajar Taib. 

Earlier, a citation on the late Laila was read by Senator Dato Sri Empiang Jabu. 

The new State Secretary Datuk Mohamad Morshidi Abdul Ghani and Sarawak Foundation chairman cum Tanjung Datu assemblyman Dato Sri Adenan Satem received the Datuk Amar Bintang Kenyalang (DA) which carries the title ‘Datuk Amar’. 

They were among the 24 out of the 808 recipients who were conferred various state honours and awards in connection with this year’s Yang di-Pertua Negeri’s 88th birthday celebration centered here. 

Three others received the Panglima Negara Bintang Sarawak (PNBS) which carries the title, ‘Dato Sri’. 

They are Datuk Douglas Uggah, the Federal Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, who is also Betong MP; Datuk Michael Manyin, Minister of Urban Development and Tourism, who is also Tebedu assemblyman and Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail. 

Those who received the Panglima Gemilang Bintang Kenyalang (PGBK) which carries the title ‘Datuk’ are Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department Bolhassan Di, who is also Beting Maro assemblyman, Assistant Minister for Tourism Hamden Ahmad, who is also Belawai assemblyman and the Anglican Bishop of Kuching Diocese Right Reverend Bolly Lapok. 

Another seven were awarded the Darjah Jasa Bakti Sarawak (DJBS) which carries the title ‘Datu’ and they are Sarudu Hoklai, director of Human Resource Management Unit in the Chief Minister’s Department;  Betong Resident Romie Sigan; Masbah Arifin, executive secretary to the State Government Meeting Council; Abu Bakar Mat, state director of National Registration; Mohidin Ishak, general manager of Bintulu Development Authority; Dr Julaihi Bujang, director of the state Education Department and Takun Sunggah, director of the State Election Commission. 

Conferred the Panglima Setia Bintang Sarawak (PSBS) which carries the title ‘Dato’ are Datin Amar Dayang Morliah Datuk Awang Daud, wife of Second Minister of Resource Planning and Management, Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan; William Wei, Sarawak Housing Developers’ Association chairman; Sarbanun Datuk Abdul Kadir Marikan, a renowned local singer; Paul Teo Choo Tee, Saberkas deputy secretary-general; Dr Abu Bakar Abdullah @ Tom Belarek, president of Orang Ulu National Association; Mohamad Ramji Alli, an Election Commission member; Bujang Tun Ahmad Zaidi, an entrepreneur and Reverend Dr Su Chii Ann. 

There are eight recipients of the Johan Bintang Sarawak (JBS), 10 recipients of the Johan Bintang Kenyalang (JBK), eight recipients of the Pingat Perkhidmatan Cemerlang (Gold) (PPC), 20 recipients of the Pegawai Bintang Sarawak (PBS), 42 recipients of the Pegawai Bintang Kenyalang (PBK), 68 recipients of the Pingat Perkhidmatan Bakti (Silver) (PPB), 195 recipients of the Ahli Bintang Sarawak (ABS), one recipient of the Ahli Bintang Kenyalang (ABK) (Posthumous), 64 recipients of the Ahli Bintang Kenyalang (ABK), 105 recipients of Pingat Perkhidmatan Terpuji (Bronze) (PPT), and 262 recipients of the Bentara Bintang Sarawak (BBS). 

Present at the ceremony were wife of the Head of State Toh Puan Datuk Patinggi Norkiah, Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud, deputy chief ministers Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr George Chan and Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu, Senator Dato Sri Empiang Jabu, Speaker of the State Legislative Assembly Dato Sri Mohd Asfia Awang Nassar, state cabinet ministers, deputy ministers and heads of government departments and statutory bodies.