马来西亚中华大会堂总会（华总） 兼 沙巴中華大會堂 FCAS #总会长丹斯里吴添泉 寄望新任沙州首席部长 #拿督哈芝芝，能够引领新政府和人民全面对抗冠病疫情肆虐之余，也致力振兴经济，发展沙州，让人民安居乐业。
FCAS: New State govt must focus on fighting pandemic and accelerate economic recovery
The Federation of Chinese Associations Sabah (FCAS) hopes the new state government under Datuk Hajiji Mohd Noor’s stewardship could focus on and better contain the worsening Covid-19 situation in Sabah, besides accelerating the state’s economic recovery and to propel Sabah into a new and robust era.
Urging this, its president Tan Sri T.C Goh stressed that with the dust of the 16th state election having settled, all quarters should put aside political differences and to focus on the development of the state and the people’s welfare.
“The new government should especially focus on containing the Covid-19 transmission in the state, besides stimulating the state economy. These are the two critically-important tasks for the Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) coalition government to live up to the people’s expectation,” he said.
He said, the state government should swiftly and fully support and facilitate the Federal Ministry of Health’s move of imposing an administratively-enforced targeted enhanced movement control order (TEMCO) on four districts in Sabah, namely Lahad Datu, Tawau, Kunak and Semporna, beginning midnight. In this aspect, he hoped the various government departments and agencies could ensure a good compliance of the required Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) by the public while conducting their daily affairs. He stressed that this is crucial towards breaking the chain of Covid-19 transmission.
“Meanwhile, it is also necessary for the State government to roll out more effective economic stimulus/aid packages to assist the people and businesses to get through this difficult time,” he added.
Goh who is also the President of The Federation of Chinese Associations Malaysia (Huazong) expressed this while congratulating Hajiji on his appointment as the 15th Chief Minister of Sabah. Citing Hajiji’s vast experience in politics and government administration, Goh believes Hajiji would be able to steer Sabah towards a ‘new-and-dynamic’ era.
He noted that Hajiji, 65, who is also Sabah Perikatan Nasional (PN) chairman has been the State assemblyman for Sulaman for the last seven consecutive terms since he first entered the political arena in 1990. Besides this, he also held senior positions in the State government in the past which included the Deputy Chief Minister, State Local Government and Housing Minister, and State Minister of Infrastructure Development. Hajiji is also well-known for his gracious, people-friendly, and service-oriented attitude all these years.
Meanwhile, Goh opines that, in this extraordinary time of fighting a pandemic, the new state government should forget about the ‘honey moon’ period and immediately move into the ‘combative mode’ to suppress and prevent the emergence of a second wave of Covid-19 transmission in Sabah.
“Equally important, the state government must quickly roll out a comprehensive-and-effective plan to expedite economic recovery and to better assist businesses and the people to better cope with the devastating economic impact of the pandemic,” he added.
He said, if necessary, FCAS is ever ready to gather and mobilize the other Chinese organizations and non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) to come forward to assist the State government towards achieving the common goal of stimulating economic recovery.
He also reiterated his call urging the Hajiji-led State government to fully utilize the provision under the State Constitution to nominate some qualified and capable Chinese community representatives as the nominated assemblymen, and to induct them into the State Cabinet. He said this is necessary towards demonstrating the new State government’s inclusive attitude, besides its empathy and concern for Chinese community.
“If necessary, the State government can consider emulating the Sarawak State government’s approach of appointing qualified-and-capable Chinese community and business leaders, or representatives from other organizations, as committee members of the State Economic Action Council (EAC), to assist the State government in stimulating economic recovery,” he proposed.
On another note, he also hoped the new State administration could strive to come out with a comprehensive, effective-yet-humane solution to fully resolve the perennial issue of illegal immigrants in the state, which had been a real “thorn in the flesh” for the people of Sabah, for many decades.
He hopes that this new State government could get to serve the full term, so that it could really focus on development of the state and to better uplift the people’s living standard and welfare.