Malaysia Day marked the establishment of the Malaysian Federation when Malaya, North Borneo (Sabah) and Sarawak joined together. Of course including Singapore which later left the Federation in 1965.
Sabah has been blessed with abundant natural resources as well as colourful multi-racial, multi-cultural and multi-religious society. As the Minister of Agriculture and Food Industry, I want to see all these resources are properly utilised and put into good use for the benefit of all and not selected few.
With these God gift riches, there should not be any single Sabahan is deprived of decent livelihood, good health care and proper education. In my capacity, I will make sure the agriculture develops into profitable venture and able to raise the income of the farmers especially the smallholders. I also want to see agriculture become a youthful industry whereby more young are involved in profitable farming.
My ministry are streamlining and facilitating ventures into tropical fruits, livestock, fisheries and bird nest and are encouraging downstream processing hence creating jobs opportunities for the locals. The confidence level is high in Sabah for businesses, let’s move on from there. There are ample opportunities for everyone. It’s all up to us to make it happen.
Socially, our main threats are not invasion from outside forces but it is by the massive corruption, extremism, radicalism and cyber-crime. Hence our education syllabus need to be revisited where necessary civic classes should be reintroduced. I want to see Sabahans continue seeing themselves as Sabahans and not segregated by race, religious or cultural differences. Let us go back to basic.
We also need to look into the income disparity between the rich and the poor. We should enrich our locals with our resources. We need to strengthen our infrastructures. I am positive in 10 to 20 years we will see the change.
Politically, my struggle is for Sabah and Sabahans. And despite differences in political affiliation, I want to see Sabahans unite to fight for Sabah right as envisaged in the Malaysian Agreement 1963 (MA63). Together, we can make Sabah great again as in the 70’s and 80’s.-SabahNewsToday