Archives for April 2, 2014
LAHAD DATU, (April 2)– The long-standing and pressing issue on the illegal immigrants in Sabah needs a comprehensive and effective solution and must not merely be shouldered by the security forces.
Director-General of Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCom) Datuk Mohammad Mentek said efforts to contain the influx of illegal immigrants would not be fruitful, unless there was full cooperation from all parties.
“We need to tackle this problem as a whole and provide for a long-lasting and effective solution,” he said at a security briefing to Sabah Fishermen Association (Pengasah), here Wednesday.
Mohammad said people tend to look at the issue of illegal immigrants in the perspective of security but not from the local involvement, making it difficult for the authorities to effectively tackle the issue.
“Obviously, this issue requires the cooperation of all parties. We cannot rely heavily on the security forces. Nonetheless, channeling information is good enough for authorities to take action.
“Based on reports and feedback we have received, there are still people harbouring illegal immigrants and providing shelter to illegal immigrants and this should not have happened. If these problems remain, we will not be able to resolve the issue effectively,” he said.
Mohammad said the role of fishermen in providing information was equally important, as they could serve as the “eyes and ears” in channeling information within the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (ESSZone) on the presence of illegal immigrants.
“It is an uneasy task for ESSCOM to address this problem, owing to the long and vast coastline.
Mohammad also said the issue of smuggling and cross-boarder crime as highlighted by the association would be dealt with through a thorough study.
Earlier, the association president Jaini Ating submitted a memorandum to Mohammad for the proposed establishment of a volunteer team, comprising youths and fishermen.
The team to be equipped with necessary telecommunication equipments, among others was to assist ESSCom to contain the presence of illegal immigrants.– BERNAMA
KOTA KINABALU, (April 2) — University Malaysia Sabah (UMS) and the Timor Leste’s Petroleum and Mineral Resources Ministry and its Education Ministry today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for cooperation in oil and gas (O&G) related training industry.
Through the MoU, UMS would provide skills in (O&G) industry training for the selected participants from Timor-Leste. The MoU would allow 30 Timor-Leste students to study for certificates and diplomas as the first batch at the university.
UMS was represented by Vice-Chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Mohd Harun Abdullah while Timor-Leste by its Education Minister Bendito dos Santos Freitas.
Sabah Yang Di-Pertua Negeri Tun Juhar Mahiruddin and Timor Leste Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao witnessed the signing ceremony.
Earlier, Gusmao was conferred with an Honorary Doctorate in International Relations by UMS in a commemorative convocation ceremony at the university’s Chancellor Hall, here.
Mohd Harun in his congratulatory speech, welcomed the 38-member delegation from Timor-Leste to UMS, and hoped there would be a strengthening of ties between the two parties.
He said UMS had embarked on a concentrated effort to develop skilled manpower required to support the ever-expanding industry in Sabah.
“Through UMS’s Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology, the first-ever Masters in Engineering Course to be offered in Malaysia specialising in the field of oil and gas was realised with the first intake of coursework graduate students in mid-2011.
“We are also set to roll out a new undergraduate Bachelor’s programme in Oil and Gas Engineering, which is expected to have its inaugural batch of enrolments in September 2014,” he said.
He said the faculty had introduced 10 engineering diploma programmes in the areas of process, instrumentation, mechanical, electrical and utility engineering whereby five programmes would be offered at the executive diploma level and five programmes at the regular diploma level.
“The faculty continues to strive towards offering more academic programmes tailored towards the oil and gas industry primarily to support the demand for skilled manpower in this industry, which is estimated to be 16,000 jobs annually across Malaysia.
He said the establishment of the engineering faculty had become the main motivation for UMS to make an historic visit to Timor-Leste last February and meet the country’s top official to offer its assistance to develop the newly-formed nation’s human resources.
Mohd Harun said with the courses offered ranging from diploma up to postgraduate levels, UMS would be able to provide a very comprehensive and complete range of skilled training required by the Timor-Leste’s Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources.
Today, Gusmao also launched a UMS-Timor Leste liaison centre, located in UMS Chancellory building’s research gallery. The centre will coordinate and strengthen ties with the republic.
This morning Gusmao received a courtesy call from Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman in Sutera Harbour prior to the event at the university. — BERNAMA
KUALA LUMPUR, (2 April) — Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak hari ini melancarkan dana amanah ke-10 diuruskan oleh Permodalan Nasional Bhd (PNB), Amanah Saham Bumiputera 2 (ASB2), dengan saiz 10 bilion unit.
Perdana Menteri berkata PNB, pengurus dana terbesar negara, telah memperuntukkan sebanyak RM10 juta bagi tujuan pemberian insentif kepada para pelabur ASB2 ini.
Najib yang juga Menteri Kewangan berkata sebanyak 10 unit ASB2 percuma akan dikreditkan ke akaun pemegang unit yang mendaftar mulai hari ini sehingga 31 Dis, 2014.
Namun, ia tertakluk kepada jumlah unit yang masih ada, katanya ketika melancarkan ASB2 di Stadium Merdeka di sini.
Perdana Menteri berkata insentif tambahan juga akan diberi kepada orang ramai yang hadir di Stadium Merdeka hari ini.
“Sekiranya anda mendaftar sebagai pemegang unit ASB 2 pada hari ini di Stadium Merdeka ini, anda akan turut diberikan baucer bernilai RM50 bagi tujuan pembelian unit-unit ASB 2,” katanya. — BERNAMA
By Siti Zubaidah Abdullah
KOTA BELUD, (April 2) — Sabah Umno Liaison Committee deputy chief Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak has defended Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s decision to rationalise Malaysia’s subsidy programme, saying “it is a commendable step in the right direction”.
He expressed optimism that the subsidy rationalisation would eventually benefit the people and not those who exploit the scheme.
“This is certainly a step in the right direction but a step that the opposition would most likely oppose.
“The opposition will always oppose the government for the sake of opposing even when the government does the right thing.
“This is what Malaysians think the job of the opposition is, to oppose the government every step of the way,” he told Bernama when contacted Wednesdahy.
Salleh, who is also State Legislative Assembly Speaker, was commenting on Najib’s announcement in Parliament yesterday that gains from the ongoing subsidy rationalisation would be channelled to national development to improve the well-being and quality of life of the people.
The Prime Minister was also quoted as saying that the gains would also be utilised for supplementary projects, particularly in Sabah and Sarawak.
Najib further explained: “When the revenue base expands, many projects, including infrastructure development, can be implemented. The government is committed to carrying on with the subsidy rationalisation to help boost the national economy.
“The annual development allocation now stands at RM46 billion, and subsidies and incentives touched RM43 billion last year. Of course, this is inequitable. As such, it is only proper for the government to implement a sustainable subsidy rationalisation.”
Salleh said those who defend subsidies often highlight the goods or services that have been produced or the new jobs created.
“What they do not normally acknowledge is the benefits to society if that money had been spent in other ways. Ideally, a government would strive to structure its expenditures so as to achieve a return to society that is roughly similar for each ringgit spent,” he said.
Citing the rice subsidy as an example, Salleh said economists have argued that rice subsidies benefit the middleman rather than the producer or the consumer.
“Hence, although there may be some benefit to the producer or to the consumer, the middleman benefits even more.
“What ends up in the pockets of the target group and what the government actually spends is extremely lopsided. Subsidies for the purchase of produce, by lowering the producer’s costs, can reap benefits but only if the supply is unlimited.
“If the seller of the subsidised good has a monopoly, or there is a limited supply of the produce, then the subsidy will mainly enrich the middleman,” said the former Sabah Chief Minister, adding that subsidies could easily upset this balance. — BERNAMA
LAHAD DATU, (2 April) — Masalah pendatang tanpa izin (PATI) yang sudah sekian lama menghantui rakyat Sabah memerlukan penyelesaian menyeluruh, dan bukan diletakkan di bahu pihak keselamatan semata-mata, kata Ketua Pengarah Kawasan Keselamatan Khas Pantai Timur Sabah (Esscom) Datuk Mohammad Mentek.
Beliau berkata tanpa penglibatan semua pihak, usaha membendung kebanjiran PATI di negeri ini mungkin tidak berkesan.
“Jelas sekali, isu ini memerlukan kerjasama semua pihak. Kita tidak boleh bergantung sepenuhnya kepada pasukan keselamatan. Paling tidak pun, sekurang-kurangnya kita menyalurkan maklumat penting berkaitan kehadiran PATI kepada pihak berkuasa kita untuk tindakan lanjut,” katanya.
Mohammad berkata demikian ketika menyampaikan taklimat ringkas Esscom sempena lawatan anggota Persatuan Nelayan Sabah (Pengasah) yang diketuai Presidennya Jaini Ating ke ibu pejabat Esscom, Harbour City, dekat sini semalam.
Berdasarkan laporan dan maklum balas yang diterima pihaknya, masih terdapat majikan yang menggaji pekerja daripada kalangan PATI dan menyewakan rumah mereka kepada golongan ini, katanya.
Mohammad berkata:”Jadi bagaimana kita menyelesaikan masalah PATI kalau orang tempatan sendiri melindungi mereka….ini sepatutnya tidak berlaku.”
Pada lawatan itu, beliau juga berkata peranan nelayan selaku anggota masyarakat yang arif mengenai perairan setempat amat penting kerana mereka boleh menjadi “mata dan telinga” pihak berkuasa untuk melaporkan kehadiran PATI khususnya di perairan Zon Selamat Timur Sabah (Ezzone).
“Ini bermakna para nelayan boleh membantu pasukan keselamatan melebarluaskan liputan pengawasan keselamatan, sekaligus memantapkan lagi usaha Esscom untuk menjaga dan memelihara keselamatan rakyat khususnya di Esszone,” katanya.
Bagaimanapun, Mohammad berkata bukan mudah untuk menjayakan misi Esscom kerana ia berdepan dengan pelbagai cabaran termasuk kawasan perairan yang luas dan pesisiran pantai yang panjang.
Mengenai pelbagai isu termasuk masalah penyeludupan dan jenayah rentas sempadan yang dibangkitkan oleh anggota Pengasah, Mohammad berkata pihak Esscom akan mengambil tindakan susulan berhubung perkara itu.
Terdahulu, Jaini menyerahkan memorandum kepada Mohammad untuk penelitian pihak Esscom.
Jaini berkata memorandum itu, antara lain, mencadangkan penubuhan sukarelawan Esscom yang melibatkan golongan belia nelayan dan penyediaan peralatan perhubungan khas kepada nelayan terpilih bagi memudahkan mereka menghubungi Esscom jika berlaku kejadian jenayah dalam kawasan perairan Esszone.
Beliau turut menyambut baik penubuhan Esscom yang menurut mereka memberi kelegaan kepada para nelayan daripada segi keselamatan.
“Selepas Esscom ditubuhkan, keadaan keselamatan di pantai timur Sabah bertambah baik….nelayan tidak lagi takut-takut keluar menangkap ikan,”katanya. — BERNAMA