Wednesday, October 27

CM wants govt agencies on par with private sector

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TAWAU: Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Haji Aman wants to see all government agencies on par with private companies and making profit.

To achieve this, he said all agencies must be efficient with good management and honesty and assured that he would monitor them as he liked to go down to the ground and meet the management.

“If private companies can obtain big profits, why not government agencies?” he said, adding what is needed is good management and honesty and gave examples of Sabah Softwood Berhad, Benta Wawasan Sdn Bhd and Sawit Kinabalu.

“When I was the finance minister I asked all the government agencies to have good management and to be efficient so that they get profit and pay dividends to the state government to develop the state including rural areas and give scholarships to our children,” he said when officiating the Benta Wawasan Sdn Bhd (BWSB) Seraya Palm Oil Mill at Merotai, Kalabakan yesterday.

He urged all agencies to continue working hard as he wanted to see government agencies able to compete with big private companies.

Musa said the majority of government agencies are able to pay dividend to the state government and it is a good sign.

He said with profits, government agencies will be able to provide work, increase salaries, give bonus and pay dividend to the state government which in turn will give back to the people in various forms including scholarships through the Sabah Foundation.

Nevertheless, he said, government agencies must be a role model in terms of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and commended BWSB for providing theforest corridor for wildlife and forest replanting apart from planting oil palm and looking into reducing environmental impact and pollution using technology.

He said he expected BWSB to pay its loan in 2015 and dividend to the state government in 2016.

BWSB started with 290 hectares of oil palm in 2005 and in 2014 has planted 27,000 hectares and expects RM240 million income this year.