KUALA LUMPUR: Sabah UMNO which recently won the ‘Membara, Membantu Rakyat’ (Membara) Award, would continue to reach out and provide assistance to the needy in Sabah.
Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman said the award had made Sabah UMNO more determined to do everything it could to improve the lives of the target group.
“Sabah UMNO will forge ahead in its mission to help the needy, or we would not feel deserving enough of the recognition accorded to us. We are also aware that we still have a lot to accomplish for the people,” he told Bernama at the UMNO General Assembly 2015 here today.
Implemented in 2014, Membara is an offshoot of the ‘Setia Bersama Rakyat’ (Semarak) programme initiated by the late former Information minister Tan Sri Mohamed Rahmat in 1987 during the administration of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
Musa who is also Libaran UMNO division chief said the award was a result of hard work, vigour and sincerity of Sabah’s 25 UMNO divisions to assist the grassroots through various programmes.
Programmes are planned for each month according to theme and executed in an integrated manner by divisional leaders with the cooperation of the party’s three wings, Wanita, Pemuda and Puteri, he said.
Meanwhile, Sepanggar UMNO Wanita chief Datuk Jainab Ahmad Ayid said the state government also enlisted the help of non-governmental organisations in implementing Membara.
“They act as the government’s eyes and ears to identify members of the needy community,” said the Sabah Community Development and Consumer Affairs Minister.
Tawau UMNO chief Datuk Tawfiq Abu Bakar Titingan said Sabah UMNO would continuously endeavour to close the gap in living standard between city dwellers and rural residents particularly in the aspect of infrastructure.
“My first priority is ensuring water supply access to the people,” said the Sabah Youth and Sports Minister, citing the RM300 million dam to be built at Gudang Empat, Tawau.- BERNAMA