Sabah’s Economy Gets All-Round Boost
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Sabah's economy is likely to spur from all-round development with the injection of RM3.87 billion under the third rolling plan of the 11th Malaysia Plan.
Chief Minister Tan Sri Musa Haji Aman said that infrastructure development that ranges from boosting security in eastern Sabah to upgrading schools and hospitals would help further boost the economy while providing necessary infrastructure for the state.
The allocations included RM1 billion for the construction of the Pan Borneo highway for 2018 while another RM1 billion is for the maintenance and repairs of rundown schools apart from the developing and maintaining basic public infrastructure, Musa said.
"A total of RM250 million has also been prepared for the Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) to improve and strengthen security facilities in the east coast" Musa told reporters after chairing the first state action council meeting this year at the State administrative centre on Monday, 20 February.
He said that another RM253 million was also being allocated to the Tawau district hospital.
Under the allocations, the federal government has also provided RM35 million for native customary matters that included for survey of native lands as well as setting up native courts in Kunak, Ranau and Tambunan.
He said that both the federal and state civil servants needs to work together to ensure that plans put in place by the government reached the people.
"This development is for the rakyat. I am confident if all of us work together we can deliver what has been planned on time" he said.
Musa said the allocation was proof that the federal government had the state's best interest at heart and this was achieved through good relations between the state and federal governments.
In expressing his gratitude to the federal government and Prime Minister, Musa said the current promising economic growth was a testament that Malaysia under the leadership of Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak was on the right track in achieving all the development targets.
Present were State Development officer Datuk Ruji Ubi. The meeting was also attended by state Cabinet ministers, District Officers, Municipal Presidents, and State and Federal department heads.