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Published on: Tuesday, January 01, 2019

Tawau: Several measures have been put in place to curb corruption and restore integrity in government institutions."Great institutions cannot be built overnight. It requires persistence and robust political will to create a system that reduces reliance on certain individuals precariously," said Assistant Minister Datuk Jimmy Wong (pic).

To live up to this maxim, the new government puts the rule of law above the rule of man by making the anti-graft agency totally independent. The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission used to be under the Prime Minister Office, and had often been criticized for having political figures interfering in investigations.

"After the reform, the commission will report directly to Parliament. Such a move forms a pillar of democracy in rebuilding public trust and confidence in the federal government.

He said at state level, the Sabah Government led by Chief Minister Datuk Shafie Apdal has shown great interest in restoring glory to the State. "The Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63), is the main source to reinstate our original position as equal partner in this nation."

He said the state budget for 2019 announced that the allocation for scholarship, bursaries and cash aid will be increased to RM52 million compared to RM37 million this year. On top of that, the Government will set aside RM10 million to provide a one-off payment to under-privileged students. This scheme began in 2018 and would continue.

He also said since assuming duties, he had been tasked with handling issues related to land and titles. "I met countless people in office whom are generally who expressed hopelessness that their issues would forever remain unresolved if there was no change of government. "It is the system that needs a revamp. The problems of red tape and bureaucracy need to be redressed," he said.

"In this regard, he said, there will be a clear plan set by the Ministry on tackling the ingrained problem, starting from the lowest level. As far as the subsidiary titles are concerned, there have been plans on amending the current legislation, making it more contemporary and up-to-date.

"The two renowned shopping malls that received their subsidiary titles within a short span of time is a testimony of the sincerity and continued effort of the government to provide a high-quality and efficient public service to people,".

As the assemblyman of Sri Tanjong Jimmy has set several priorities, one of them being to transform Tawau to be a tourist destination. He has submitted a proposal to the Tawau Council to develop a cultural street along Jalan Chester, and hopes it can be kickstarted next year.

Two wet markets namely the Tanjung Central Market and Sin On Market have been upgraded and the number of parking lots increased. Drainage and roads are being overhauled.

One of his regrets is the temporary inability to remove the "illegal structure" on Sabindo open space, pending a legal suit with the developer but assured the "illegal structure" will be demolished before his term ends. - Christy Chok



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