Tuesday, September 23, 2008


Devt projects not affected by SAPP pull-out, says Musa


All development projects will be carried on as usual and would not be affected Sabah Progressive Party’s decision p pull out from the Barisan Nasional. “It will continue, there is no problem,” assured Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman yesterday fter presenting Raya goodies to .security personnel during a ceremony at the Tun Mustapha Tower building in Likas here. Earlier in his speech, Musa said at the Raya goodies presentation was a show of appreciation to the Army, Navy and Police personnel for their sacrifices and contributions in ensuring peace and harmony in the State, and the country in general, during the festive season. “It is not an easy job, although there is no actual threat from outside. We cannot compromise on the national security. Securing it lies on the shoulder of everybody in the country. “Sabah, with its huge geographical areas and long maritime borders, is open to threats, such as intrusions. But thanks to the dedication and efficiency of our security teams, we can enjoy peace and harmony in the Country,” he said: Some 1,000 personnel attended the event, including State Police Commissioner Datuk Noor Rashid Ibrahim and Fifth Infantry Brigade Brigadier General Masrani Paiman. Boxes of Raya goodies were donated by 14 Government organisations and Government- linked companies, which among others include Sawit Kinabalu Berhad, Puspanita, Bakisa, Seswanita, Sabah Energy Corporation, Sabah Land Development Board, Petronita, Federal and State Secretary Offices, to the Army, Navy, Air Wing, Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency and the police. Musa said that during the Raya celebration, many of these personnel will be on duty, leaving their families behind during the festive season, to ensure the State is secured and protected. “Without their sacrifices, there is no way the State’s politics, economy and social can be developed. The cake presentation is a recognition of their sacrifices,” he said. Meanwhile, Musa said the State Cabinet would discuss the bonus payment for the State civil servants at its meeti g ocii

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