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Liew (centre) joins hands with Liang and Organising Chairman Datuk Dr Tan Tiang Lai (to her right), and Minister of Health and People’s Well-being, Stephen Wong; Frankie (to her left) in cutting a mooncake. Also present are Minister of Agriculture and Food Industry, Junz Wong. – SNT Pix / Credit Tourism Ministry

KOTA KINABALU: The presence of `Little Napoleons’ in the civil service is hampering the State Government’s unstinted effort to bring the fruits of socio-economic development to the people of Sabah.

Deputy Chief Minister cum Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment, Christina Liew disclosed this when officiating at the Mid-Autumn Festival celebration hosted by the Malaysia-China Chamber of Commerce, Sabah Chapter, headed by Datuk Frankie Liew as President, at the Sabah Hakka Hall, Wednesday.

“We will take the necessary action to replace these Little Napoleons in order to improve our public services delivery system. On the other hand, we appreciate and value the service of committed and dedicated government officers,” she said.

Liew stressed that the new government is determined to provide efficient and effective services for the general well-being of the people at large.

On behalf of the state government, she thanked the people for their overwhelming support that brought about the downfall of the 61-year-old Barisan Nasional (BN) regime in May this year.

“It was a historic electoral victory that led to the first change of power since the country’s independence from Britain in 1957,” she said.

Meanwhile, the Minister also revealed that she and the Consul-General of the People’s Republic of China in Kota Kinabalu, HE Liang Caide have agreed in principle to make Sabah a tourism hub for tourists from China.

“Right now, we are on the threshold of having close to 100 direct flights from 10 major and secondary Chinese cities to Kota Kinabalu per week. As of July this year, total visitor and tourist arrivals to Sabah has increased by 5.3 percent ( 2.221 million) compared with the corresponding period last year.

“I am glad to note that 43.3pc (or at least 358,000) of these arrivals are from China alone making it the largest market source for arrivals to Sabah. We hope to achieve our target of 500,000 Chinese arrivals by the end of the year.

“In this respect, we are grateful to the Consul-General HE Liang for supporting our effort to increase flights from China to the State capital,” she said.

Currently, destinations in China which have direct flights to Kota Kinabalu are Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hangzhou, Wuhan, Fuzhou, Chengdu, Changsa and Kunming, apart from Hong Kong.

Earlier, in his address, Liang said the weekly direct flights from China to Kota Kinabalu are usually full flights.

“And now, Minister Liew has just announced the inaugural flight from Shenzhen to Kota Kinabalu by China Southern Airlines which is the largest carrier in China.

“This augurs well for further development of bilateral relations between China and Sabah,” he said. – SabahNewsToday


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