KOTA KINABALU: The Barisan Nasional government is not only attentive but dares to make bold decisions to overcome issues affecting the people.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Haji Aman said BN under the leadership of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak was receptive to Sabah’s request for more socio economic development.
He therefore thanked Najib for granting RM80 million in allocation for the Sandakan Airport runaway extension which was requested by tourism industry players in the district.
“Those in the tourism sector voiced their concern on the limitations of the present Sandakan airport, which poses an obstacle to the growth of tourism in the area,” he said in a statement yesterday.
He said Najib’s approval for the extension was testimony to his ability to act promptly to the people’s grouses.
Musa said the state government also welcomed the announcement by Najib to abolish the cabotage policy that had been blamed for higher prices in Sabah and Sarawak compared to Peninsula Malaysia.
“The policy has been a source of contention among industry players and small businesses alike,” he said.
He said the bold decision would certainly help the manufacturing and export industries, making Sabah’s goods more competitive and would in the long run help in the state’s economic development.
He said aside from the cabotage policy, Najib was also attentive to numerous issues raised during the meeting with Sabah Cabinet yesterday such as restoration of state’s rights and devolution of powers.
“It is very easy to highlight only the bad and overlook the good that the BN has done. The BN leadership is not only receptive but is daring enough to make bold decisions and undo policies that does not serve the rakyat.”