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#PRNSarawak : Govt resolving NCR land issues, says Najib

Posted: 29 Apr 2016 02:09 AM PDT

Everything possible is being done to resolve Sarawak's native customary rights (NCR) land issues affecting its indigenous communities, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said.

The Prime Minister said the Federal government was doing its part by contributing some RM100mil for the survey of NCR land in Sarawak and Sabah.

"This is being done, it is work in progress and the results will come," he said at a meet-the-people session here on Friday.

Najib was in Sarawak's northernmost bordering Sabah's Sipitang district to muster up support for Barisan Nasional's Ba'Kelalan candidate Willie Liau who taking on PKR incumbent Baru Bian.

Present were PBB vice president Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hassan, the Barisan Nasional candidate for the Bukit Sari seat in Lawas who won the seat uncontested.

Najib said the opposition, including Baru, could no longer harp on the NCR land issue as it was being resolved by the ruling Barisan. Some 730,000ha of such land had been surveyed so far.

"This is what happens when there is a close working relationship between state and the Federal government. We get things done," he added.

He said Tan Sri Adenan Satem had proven his mettle as Chief Minister by successfully implementing 53 policies in just two years into the post.

On the other hand, the opposition was a fractious lot bent on serving their own interests only, he added.

He said the RM16bil Pan Borneo highway linking Sarawak and Sabah would benefit Lawas as it would be stopover for travellers between both states as well as Brunei.

Najib said Malaysia was also negotiating with Brunei to simplify the entry and exit procedures for Malaysians travelling between both states without having to go through Brunei.

"We know that Malaysians will have to have their passports stamped eight times and we are working with Brunei to simplify this," he added.

The Prime Minister said the construction of the dual lane highway was another example of how much priority he had placed in seeing the development of both states.

"Sarawak and Sabah are important. I have visited Sarawak 51 times, that is more than a predecessor who was Prime Minister for 22 years," Najib said to the loud applause of the 3,000 people present.

He said Sarawak and Sabah was also important to him personally as both states are the best example of the 1Malaysia concept.

"Here people of all religions and races can sit side by side with no qualms," Najib said adding that the government would continue to guarantee freedom of all communities to practice their religious beliefs.

"We are fair to all. But if there are any issues, we can sit down and discuss," the Prime Minister added.

On the proposed new airport for Lawas, Najib said the project would be undertaken under the 11th Malaysia Plan.

Earlier, Awang Tengah said a new airport for the district was needed as the present one located about 2km from town tend to flood and part of the area was facing erosion problems.

Noting that the present airport could only accommodate the 19-seater Twin Otter aircraft, he said the new facility should allow the larger ATR72-500 to operate.

"This would not only benefit the people of Lawas but also Sipitang and Beaufort in Sabah as well," he added.

#PRNSarawak : PBB sacks member for contesting as Independent

Posted: 29 Apr 2016 01:27 AM PDT

Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) has sacked party member Wan Abdillah Edruce Wan Abdul Rahman for contesting as an Independent in Lingga in the state election.

PBB president and Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem said Wan Abdillah Edruce, also known as Boudeng, is no longer a member of PBB.

"I have given orders for him to be sacked. We want to show our displeasure with him," he told reporters.

Adenan reiterated that he had already made it very clear that no independent candidate would be accepted into Barisan Nasional even if they won.

The Lingga constituency will see a three-cornered fight involving Wan Abdillah, BN candidate Simoi Peri and PKR's Abang Zulkifli Abang Engkeh.

PBB on Monday sacked Watson Bangau, a party Supreme Council member and former political secretary to the chief minister for contesting as an independent in the Bawang Assan seat.

#PRNSarawak : Weekly Cabinet meeting moved to Kuching

Posted: 29 Apr 2016 12:25 AM PDT

With eight Cabinet ministers who are from Sarawak, it is only appropriate that the weekly Cabinet meeting be held here - the first time it is held outside the Federal capital in 17 years it  - to coincide with the state elections.

Culture and Tourism Minister  Datuk Seri Nazri Abdul Aziz (pic) said it was more convenient for the ministers to meet in Kuching ahead of the elections on May 7.

The meeting is scheduled for the coming Wednesday held at Wisma Bapa Malaysia, which is now vacant due to the dissolution of the state assembly.

This was also because there are eight Federal ministers from Sarawak in the Cabinet, compared to three previously, Nazri told The Star Online.

"Next week is just a few more days before voting and of course the Sarawak ministers would not be able to attend the meeting in Kuala Lumpur.

"It is also convenient for other ministers in the relevant portfolios to be around during the Sarawak election and it is convenient for us too," he said.

Nazri said the last Cabinet meeting held outside Kuala Lumpur was in 1999 in Langkawi during the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (Lima).

Palace says only one name nominated for Bank Negara governor

Posted: 28 Apr 2016 11:23 PM PDT

The Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Tuanku Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah, consented to only one name that was nominated for the post of Governor of Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM), said Istana Negara.

"It is notified that there was no other name apart from the nominee that had been presented to His Majesty for consent," said Datuk Wira Awang Kecik Abdul Rahman, the Datuk Pengelola Bijaya Diraja of Istana Negara,  in a statement, here Thursday.

"For the purpose that was stated, His Majesty had consented to give his signature for the appointment on Tuesday, April 26 2016," he said.

As such, he said, the allegation that there was a "U-Turn" in the appointment of the post was totally not true.

The statement from Istana Negara refuted foreign media reports on the a U-Turn in the appointment of Datuk Muhammad Ibrahim as the successor to Tan Sri Dr Zeti Akthar Aziz, 68, who retires as the Governor of Bank Negara on Saturday.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on Wednesday announced that Muhammad was appointed as Bank Negara Governor for a five-year term beginning May 1, 2016.

Najib said Muhammad's appointment had received the consent of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

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