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Hisham: Security agenda needs stronger mandate
Published on: Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Kota Kinabalu: Every inch of Sabah will continue to be protected as long as the Barisan Nasional (BN) government remains in power with a stronger mandate given by Sabahans, said Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein.

He said he promised State leaders this as a stronger mandate is required to realise several key agendas and ensure no outside forces would eye the State.

"I am asking for mandate and support to realise what we have set out to do. I hope the support shown so far can be continued until the coming elections and after that, the momentum will translate into realising the agendas," he said.

Hishammuddin said this during the "Jelajah Perkasa Perwira" programme at the Sepanggar Naval Base, near here, Monday.

He said commitment and sincerity of security personnel, especially the navy, defence industry, Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM) as well as the leadership at the parliamentary and State level need to be seamless.

This means that their relationship cannot be disputed as they are on the same agenda, which is to ensure the safety of Sabahans. This is also, he said, to ensure the preparedness in Sabah is at the expected level.

"We are ready to ensure our agendas of health, medical, education, training, housing and welfare are achieved.

However, I hope what we are doing is not only appreciated by our personnel but their sacrifices are also appreciated by people in the State," he said.

Some 3,000 turned up for the programme during which Hishamuddin also officiated the opening of the very first petrol kiosk in the base, resulting from cooperation between Petronas and RMN in implementing the Defence Ministry's Welfare Cores for ATM members at the base.

Construction of the kiosk started on Jan 26 and was completed in two weeks. However, several upgrading works such as the installation of a roof and air pump will be implemented in the near future.

Hishammuddin also allocated RM10,000 to upgrade the Bakat ATM base in Sepanggar, as well as the upgrading of the Gentisan Bridge, expected to be completed in October next year.

Meanwhile, some 20 KD Selangor personnel received mock keys to new houses and 14 children of RMN personnel were presented awards for excelling in their Form Three Assessment (PT3) and Primary School Evaluation Test (UPSR) exams during the programme.

Also present were Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Rahman Dahlan, Community Development and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Jainab Ahmad Ayid, RMN Eastern Fleet Commander Vice Admiral Datuk Syed Zahiruddin Putra Syed Osman and Army Chief General Tan Sri Raja Mohamed Affandi Raja Mohamed Noor. – Jegathisan Sivanesan

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