Archive for September, 2018

Foreigners make up one-third

Saturday, September 29th, 2018

Kota Kinabalu: Close to one third of Sabah’s population now comprises foreigners according to a census by the Department of Statistics. Malaysian citizens make up 2,741,700, while foreigners number 1,158,300.

The data showed that the distribution of foreigners can be found across the State with a substantial comparison to locals found in Lahad Datu and Kinabatangan, in particular.

This was revealed in a paper presented by Sabah Immigration Director Musa Sulaiman titled “Population Statistics: Foreign Residents in Sabah” in conjunction with the Statistical Literacy Seminar held at the Intan Campus in Sepanggar, here, Thursday.

His paper was presented by his Assistant Director (Strategic and Planning Division Head) Lily Surayani Raona. The one-day seminar titled “Mycensus 2020 : Data Anda Masa Depan Kita” was organised by the Department of Statistics.

He went on to explain that the status of foreigners can be divided into three, namely those with valid status, those with illegal status and those with status under the management of the Sabah Foreigners Management Committee.

Those with valid status are foreigners holding Permanent Resident status, visitors, expatriates, foreign workers and IMM13 holders, while those with the status of being illegal are those without pass and have no documents.

Those whose status is under the management of the Sabah Foreigners Management Committee are those with temporary residents status, refugee children without IMM13, document holders other than immigration documents, children born from marriage with illegal immigrants and pa’lauh (sea gypsies).

Statistic arrival of foreign visitors to Sabah, showed that in 2016 the number of foreigners visiting Sabah was 1,230,621. The figure however dropped to 925,255 last year and as of August, this year, a total of 517,484 foreign visitors were recorded.

Over the past three years since 2016, arrival of tourists from China recorded the highest with a total of 859,825, followed by South Koreans (505,326) and Indonesians (345,542).

The top three lowest arrivals are visitors from Singapore (49,655), USA (38,655) and Germany (19,331).

The number of passes and permits issued by the Immigration Department in Sabah as of August this year since 2016 is 26,708.

The most issued are student passes and work passes with a total of 28,908, followed by Social Visit Pass for foreign wives (26,708) and Special Pass (17,705) as of August this year.

The statistics also showed that a huge number of Temporary Special Work Pass Visit were issued to those in the plantation and agriculture sectors over the past three years since 2016 with a total of 194,512 and 76,722, respectively.

As for operations, the Sabah Immigration Department has done a total of 1,010 operations as of August this year, with a total of 21,198 people inspected, leading to the arrests of 8.744 undocumented immigrants and 504 employers.

Of the figure, a total of 3,309 undocumented immigrants were detained during the operations, while 5,435 were arrested after turning themselves in, while a total of 45 employers were detained during operations and 459 were caught under the 459 rehiring programme.

Filipinos topped the chart for those detained with a total of 2,393 as of August this year, followed by Indonesians (816) and Pakistanis (65).

Since 2016 to August this year, a total of 4,514 undocumented immigrants and employers have been charged in court, while 574,619 have been deported since 1990 to August this year.

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System to register stateless kids

Saturday, September 29th, 2018

Keningau: A system will be put in place to address the issue of late registration of births of children from mixed marriages where one parent is a Malaysian, said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal.

He said a realistic and comprehensive approach is needed to not only resolve the problem but also to make sure those children would not be left out in securing education in this country.

“Young kids cannot go to school without proper identification documents. We are concerned for their wellbeing,” he told reporters when met after a “Day with the Chief Minister” programme, here, Friday.

Mohd Shafie said there is also a need to streamline regulations whereby either parent who is a local can register the births of their children.

“We must have a system, for example, if one of the parents is a local (while the parent with a different nationality is absent in the family), we must consider (the local parent to register the children’s birth).

“But, under the law, only the wife is considered. If the husband is a local and the wife is not around, then he can’t get it (register children’s birth),” he said.

He said there is a genuine concern about such parents who are unable to register their children to obtain MyKad and these children would grow up without proper documentation and would, thus, be deprived of secondary education through their stateless status.

“These people are Sabahans. We need to resolve their problems. A system must be in place for them to get their documents as soon as possible and not wait until they are grown up,” he said.

He said there were problems of local mothers left with children through illegal marriages with foreigners, and also local men left with children from their illegal marriage with foreigners.

On a proposal by District Officer Yusop Osman for a base to be set up here as it is an entry point for people from Indonesia and Brunei, Shafie said the State Government is looking into it.

He said it would reduce the burden on security surveillance. There are 255 policemen in Keningau, Nabawan, Tambunan and Sook.

“The State Government will look into our capabilities as there are many areas that need (to improve) its security, especially the East Coast that is facing problems,” said Shafie, who is also Chairman of Sabah Security Committee.

“We are also asking for security to be tightened in the form of deterrence at the borders or the placement of equipment to curb potential threats.”

Shafie said the programme, the second to be held since the Parti Warisan Sabah-led government took office, was meant for officials to go to the ground and understand the needs of the people.

Shafie, who is making his first official visit to the interior since becoming Chief Minister, also looked at local issues, including land matters and requests for low cost homes, among other issues.

“This is a new government and, therefore, I urge top officials, government agencies and departments to be efficient and effective in reaching out to and assisting the people.

“At the same time, I would also urge the people to change their mindsets and attitudes,” he said, referring to embracing technology to boost agricultural productivity.

In a related matter, mobile courts are available to assist locals obtain identity documents and late birth certificate registration from the National Registration Department.

Chief Justice of Malaysia Tan Sri Richard Malanjum, who accompanied his judicial officers on the Mobile Court in Keningau, told reporters that the mobile court has assisted some 50,000 rural Sabahans obtain their ICs and birth certificates from the NRD since 2008.

“If we don’t do this, they will become stateless. And it would be sad if they go to hospitals and have to pay like foreigners when they are also Malaysians,” he said.

He said that if marriages were legally done, it could be handled by NRD, but if it’s not and involves children with a single parent, it has to be handled by the court.

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Health science study options

Wednesday, September 26th, 2018

Every year we hear of students fiercely competing for places in medical schools to become doctors.

The profession has traditionally been a popular ambition but, yet today, due to competition, limited number of places and cost, it is a pipe dream for many.

While doctors, nurses and pharmacists are often regarded as frontliners of the healthcare industry, there are other jobs available for those keen on joining their ranks but are unable to do so due to lack of qualification or placement constraints.

Ample opportunities abound for students who wish to be part of the healthcare service and engage with patients. These include professions such as medical assistants and in areas like physiotherapy, medical imaging and medical laboratory technology. With an ageing population, shifts in life expectancy and lifestyle diseases, demand for healthcare services both in the country and at the international level is on the rise.

Students learning to prepare microscopy slides in a medical laboratory technology class.

Furthermore, hospitals have to meet safety and quality standards set by the Ministry of Health Malaysia. For those who do not make the grade for a medical degree programme, there is still a way to join the medical field through health sciences programmes.

These courses provide a platform for careers which support the running of a medical facility such as a hospital and treatment of patients.

Ramsay Sime Darby Healthcare College chief executive officer and dean Eliza Wong Pak Fong said health sciences-related jobs include physiotherapists, medical lab technologists and medical assistants.

She added that though they may be perceived as least favourable by school-leavers, these jobs have great career potential.

“For example, the related health sciences diploma programmes are focused to equip graduates with the skills to do their jobs and enable them to advance in their careers or even further their studies later.”

KPJ Healthcare University College School of Health Sciences dean Mohd Izham Mohd Zain said the extended role of jobs in the health sciences sector requires higher academic qualification to cater to needs and fulfil expectations of the job.

“To meet healthcare demand, numerous higher education institutions offer bachelor’s programmes instead of diploma courses,” he added.


At the diploma level, there are numerous courses that can enable students to obtain the basic qualification to gain entry into the medical field.

Courses at Ramsay Sime Darby Healthcare College include Diploma in Healthcare Service, Diploma in Medical Assistant, Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology and Diploma in Physiotherapy.

“Hospitals today are not like those of yesteryears—particularly in the private sector. When we walk into any hospital, it’s like walking into a hotel environment.

Healthcare services diploma students are trained to look into the management aspect of the hospital, from being the front office employee who welcomes and assists patients to performing administrative work,” said Wong.

Medical lab technology students are trained to examine specimens from patients such as blood, urine and tissue, and provide reports that help doctors decide on diagnosis and patient treatment.

Students studying physiotherapy learn to treat conditions such as sprains, back pain, arthritis, strains, posture problems, sport and workplace injuries, plus reduced mobility holistically while minimising risks, ensuring patient safety at all times, and work within a legal and ethical framework.

“Contrary to popular perception, medical assistants are not male nurses but work closely with medical officers to assist in the clinical units at a hospital or any healthcare setting. They focus on treatment and have the privilege of prescribing a certain level of drugs.

“In the Diploma in Medical Assistant programme, students are trained in the areas of basic medical sciences and professional modules such as medicine, emergency medicine, surgery and public health.

Upon graduation, the medical assistant is able to work in emergency rooms, health clinics, hospitals and rehabilitation centres, and in the industrial occupational safety sector,” she added At KPJ University College, there are also the diploma and degree in medical imaging courses where students learn the techniques of visualisation of body parts, tissues and organs for use in clinical diagnosis, treatment and disease monitoring through the use of x-ray, MRI and ultrasound, for example.

“Prospects for graduates are very promising. The rapid development of health technology offers good potential to those in this field,” said Mohd Izham.

Before choosing any programmes in the healthcare sciences, Wong added it is best that students reflect on themselves and make the choice that is close to their hearts.

In any programme there are three pathways: service, academic and research.

“Students can move into any pathway depending on their interest. In the service pathway, they can progress from being a physiotherapist, for example, to senior physiotherapist and then head of department.

“In the academic pathway, after some years of experience and they want to share their knowledge with the younger generation, they can become academicians—pursue master’s or doctoral studies and even become a professor.

“The research pathway is for those who like inventions or discovery.”

Diploma holders can go on to degree programmes and are in general eligible for a certain number of credit exemptions.


For those who do not qualify for healthcare diploma programmes, Ramsay Sime Darby Healthcare College through Yayasan Sime Darby offers a six-month training programme after which they will undergo a year’s practical as a customer service personnel at hospitals.

“After 1 1/2 years, if they perform, show good attitude and gain the necessary Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia credits, they will be considered foraplace in a diploma programme,” said Wong.

Another programme for non-qualifiers who have no interest in studies is the three month patient assistant course.


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A better read with meaning-making

Wednesday, September 26th, 2018
Pupils participating in a reading programme in Kota Baru. Literacy for life will place meaning-making above the plane of simple decoding. FILE PIC

AS we race towards becoming a developed nation, many have been made aware that a well-informed and critical citizenry is crucial for the survival of a democracy. One way in which a citizenry becomes well-informed is by possessing a strong reading culture. Yet, although Malaysia’s literacy levels are known to be considerably high, with the youth’s literacy rates being reported by Unesco to be at 98 per cent, Malaysians are not known for being ardent readers.

We believe there are at least three reasons for this finding.

FIRST , literacy, which is generally understood as reading and writing, is subsumed under language education in the Malaysian context. This has significant implications for how school literacy is perceived and treated.

Our own research has shown that Malaysians who are schooled to be literate in multiple languages often also fail to be encultured with the broader, deeper practice of reading for pleasure. While it is understandable that Malaysia’s education policies are, and indeed must be, historically and socioculturally shaped by the country’s identification with language instruction due largely to its multilingually-rich context, it is the reticence in literacy matters that needs voicing. This silence, if nationally not addressed, will result in perpetuating the already uneven development of literacy culture, where those largely from privileged backgrounds continue to benefit from growing up in literacy-rich homes.

SECOND, literacy research in the Malaysian context is still scarce. In contrast with research in language education, literacy research has not received sufficient attention. This is also a reflection of research in literacy education in the Southeast Asian region where new efforts must be made for charting trajectories and initiating conversations. These conversations must be located in local communities and must account for how our post-colonial past collides with our current developing-nation, socioeconomically-driven status that go on to shape education, language and literacy policies.

THIRD , Malaysian educationists tend to define literacy in narrow terms. To view reading and writing as being largely about decoding serves to reduce the experience of “meaning-making”. This view impacts the way reading and writing are rigidly assessed in school contexts. Standardised tests that assume all children read and comprehend texts in the same way can shortchange actual readers’ genuine efforts in making sense of non-mainstream texts.

We argue that being able to read must mean more than being able to comprehend alphabetic texts which are often prescribed by a powerful other. We urge educators and policymakers to take on a paradigm shift and acknowledge how reading and writing is changing in the 21st century. Particularly, the sociocultural perspective of literacy and education has been found to be a powerful means that speaks to matters of inequality, marginalisation and social injustice as they relate to Malaysians sustaining literacy practices.

Some of our cross-continent research demonstrate how a perspective that takes into account the context, background and even geography of the individual reader is able to rationalise and localise literacy challenges which marginalised communities face.

More importantly, this broad perspective that considers multiple forms of meaning-making is able to address how reading can mean differently to different communities. Armed with such consideration, new dimensions of what it means to read and to make meaning from symbols surrounding that community can be created so that being literate can be understood from inclusive positions. This inclusivity not only accounts for technological advancements which have altered the way young Malaysians negotiate web content but recognises as-yet undiscovered ways through which communities make meaning in their day-to-day living.


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Consumer group wants stricter regulations on sale of health juices

Wednesday, September 26th, 2018
The government should make it mandatory for supplements to be inspected and approved by the Health Ministry before the products are allowed to enter the market, Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) said today.

GEORGE TOWN: The government should make it mandatory for supplements to be inspected and approved by the Health Ministry before the products are allowed to enter the market, Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) said today.

This comes following the ministry’s ban on three health juices – Jus Al Sunnah, Jus Al Sunnah Gold and Jus Al-Sunnah Penawar – produced by Sri Saga Marketing Sdn Bhd, a company which does not exist.

Its president S.M. Mohamed Idris said the only way to stop these products from being sold in the market was for the ministry to impose stricter regulations.

“As such, we ask that it be made mandatory for supplements to be inspected and approved by the ministry before they are allowed to enter the market.

“In the case of the Jus Al Sunnah products, the ministry also has to send out its enforcement officers to confiscate the products instead of waiting for retailers to hand over their stocks, and also to promptly withdraw all similar products from the market.

“We are extremely disappointed that the ministry is only doing this now which shows its lackadaisical attitude towards the people’s health and safety… There are so many things wrong with this Jus Al Sunnah situation,” he said.

Elaborating, Idris said the products had already been banned in several countries after they were found to contain steroids.

“Singapore had already banned the products in 2017. Brunei had stated clearly on June 9, this year on their website why the three Jus Al Sunnah juices as well as three other products manufactured in Malaysia were banned.

“CAP has also highlighted this issue to the ministry’s Food Safety and Quality Division and Pharmaceutical Services Division in our letter dated June 27, this year. Why did the Health Ministry wait so long to ban these dangerous products?

“One might also ask how such dangerous products even made it into the market. The answer is that supplements are not classified as medicines and thus do not need to be inspected by the Pharmaceutical Services Division.

“Instead supplements are labelled as food products… Therefore any action is always taken after the products are found to have violated provisions of the Food Act 1983,” he added.

Idris said, even though the Health Ministry was the proper authority in this matter, at least in this case, other ministries should also be held responsible.

He added that the Jus Al Sunnah products were made to be marketed to Muslims.

“The name of the product itself, ‘Al Sunnah’, is a clear indication that the masterminds behind this venture had commercialised Islam to target Muslim consumers.

“More importantly Muslims look for the official Halal label on products to determine if they are permissible, and the Jus Al Sunnah products had the official label,” he said, noting that the official label could also be easily be printed on products to fool Muslim consumers.

By Audrey Dermawan.

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Bundu-Liwan dialect official Kadazandusun language in school – Madius

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

Madius (seated second right) listening to briefing presented by from Dr Morni.

KOTA KINABALU: Deputy Chief Minister cum Minister of Trade and Industry Datuk Seri Panglima Wilfred Madius Tangau clarified that there should no longer be any confusion arising from what ethnic language to be used as the standard and official Kadazandusun language to be taught in school as the decision to use the Bundu-Liwan dialect have been agreed upon between the two major Kadazandusun association namely the Kadazabdusun Cultural Association (KDCA) and United Sabah Dusun Association (USDA) way back in 1988.

Madius who is also the President-elect of UPKO was explaining this issue during a courtesy call at his office by a six-member delegation from the Kadazandusun Language Club of SIDMA College lead by SIDMA Chairman Dr Morni Kambrie and club President, Salumah Nain who called upon Madius today.

“When the proposal to teach the Kadazandusun language in school was forwarded to the Federal government in mid 1980s during the tenure of the late Dr. Sulaiman Daud as the Education Minister, both KDCA (then KCA) and USDA signed an agreement to use the Bundu-Liwan dialect as the dialect to be used to teach the Kadazandusun language in School. Although at that time political differences separated the leaders of KDCA and USDA, however both association; KDCA represented by Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan as President, and Wilfred Bumburing as the Secretary General; and USDA by the late Datuk Mark Koding as the president then and Mr. Raymond Tombung as the secretary general, signed the agreement to finally decide to use the Bundu-Liwan dialect as the standard Kadazandusun language.” Madius explained.

Madius also said that the decision to decide to use the Bundu-Liwan dialect as the standard Kadazandusun language was a result of a resolution reached during a KCA-organised symposium held at the Perkasa Hotel in Kundasang in 1988.

“When we were first informed that the Education Ministry were prepared to approved the proposal to teach the Kadazandusun language in school, question arose as to which dialect to use considering that there are more than 30 different dialect being spoken of among the Kadazandusun tribes. As a member of the then KCA central committee, and as the Chairman of the Language and Literature Bureau of KCA, I was tasked with organizing the symposium which were attended by the majority stakeholders and we therefore reach a consensus that the Bundu-Liwan dialect would be the official language that will be taught in School and that it will be called the Kadazandusun language incorporating the two words, Kadazan and Dusun, into one word that would defined the Kadazandusun language.” Madius added.

Meanwhile, Madius expressed his desire that the Kadazandusun Language Foundation (KLF) would stick to its original objective in promoting the teaching of the Kadazandusun language using the dialect that it was originally tasked to carry out.

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The key to progress

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018
Study the education system of other countries and adopt, adapt and apply the good features to our own. —

Study the education system of other countries and adopt, adapt and apply the good features to our own. —

Examine the weaknesses of the country and how education can help to improve the situation.

I SIGHED with relief when I read the letter from the Education Minister (StarEducate, Sept 9) about his plan to transform the education system. One proposed move is the appointment or reappointment of the National Education Advisory Council members including a very trusted educationist and former chairman of the council in the form of former Education director-general Tan Sri Dr Wan Mohd Zahid Mohd Noordin.

I sighed with relief as the Minister appears to be finally heading in the right direction of formulating policies, after examining issues rather than making contentious statements such as changing the colour of shoes or inconsequential issues and plans like asking schools to hold Language Days and such, which are the actions of school heads and the district education offices.

He should understand that his function is to get the machinery under him to examine the whole system itself, sieve out the flaws and weaknesses and rectify them as well as find out the strengths that could be developed.

He should then determine the direction to take so that the healing of the country can be done since education is the key to progress in all forms and directions.

Education is one of the most vital ministries of any country. Finland recognises this and that is why they have directed their best students not only to go into important fields like science, medicine, engineering and economics but also education.

Similarly, Singapore has realised that their main resource is their citizens and so education is their prime concern. These two countries always score well in surveys of the education system. So why not learn from them even though our situation is different.

Differences can be ironed out.

In any case, one direction that could be taken is to study the education system of other countries and to adopt, adapt and apply the good features to our own system. There should not be slavish application of the features of other countries as we blindly did in the past.

Know our own situation especially the reasons for our ills and then remedy them. Ours is a complex situation with diverse races and religions thrown in. But some of the ills cut across the diversity.

To remedy this, let us look at the Japanese system to see how the schools help to educate the people so that they queue respectfully even for much needed rations during times of disaster unlike Malaysians who rush to pile up food at open houses.

Examine their curriculum and emphasis and what they want their citizens to develop into.

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Transformation begins at the top

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

THE transformation of the school education system has to start with the transformation of the school head teacher.

Restructuring schools and improving teacher quality have always been the Education Ministry’s vision to transform the school education system.

However good infrastructure in schools and quality teachers without a strong and able head teacher cannot improve and raise the student achievement rate of a school.

A head teacher is the most senior teacher and leader of a school. The head teacher is responsible for the education of all students, management of staff and school policy making

The job entails a strong presence around the school and in some cases with the local community as well as a certain amount of desk work.

There needs to be a transformation of the role of head teachers.

Their role as administrators and as managers managing budgets, discipline, schedules and meetings needs to be redefined.

Head teachers need to cultivate a culture and a way of life that depicts values and character traits through the liturgies of practice that govern the school day.

The school culture should influence and shape the students’ mindsets to realise their own development and potential in life.

The school should be a platform for subtly and powerfully influencing students’ attitudes and behavioural patterns through the way school walls are decorated to display school values, galleries dedicated to celebrate teacher and student accomplishments and the atmosphere of trusting relationships.

The school culture is set by the head teacher’s character and behaviour. They have to be highly charged and driven to be constantly circulating through the school building.

The character and personality traits of the head teacher makes or breaks a school set up.

Successful head teachers need to be in the classroom as teachers and as supervisors observing teachers teaching in the classroom.

They need to make spontaneous classroom visits observing teachers and offering feedback to teachers to improve on their teaching and setting standards.

As the head of the school, the head teacher sets the working tone and environment in the school.

Head teachers need to allow teachers to participate in decision making.

There should be a two-way interaction between the head teacher and the teachers.

Successful schools have a collaborative bond between head teachers and teachers.

Head teachers need to earn the respect and love of their teachers for the school to function effectively and productively so that teachers will give their heart and soul to the children and the school.

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Knowledge and skills

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

WHAT kind of knowledge and skills do our children need in the 21st century?

What type of hobbies can be recommended and how do we encourage and support our children at school?

Globalisation creates unprecedented challenges and opportunities. It is therefore fundamental for the new generation to acquire the knowledge and skills of global citizens while still at school.

To begin with, they should master one or more languages, learn to read and write, express themselves and know how to communicate. These are all key basic skills.

We have to educate Malaysians on nation building, agriculture, energy to defence and healthcare. These topics matter. We also cannot ignore climate change and the environment.

Analytical and critical thinking is also important.

Learning to learn is an essential skill for personal development, at school and at work, where flexibility is key.

Young people should learn to collaborate with people from different backgrounds, cultures and disciplines to solve complex, multidisciplinary issues in a respectful and flexible way.

Cultural awareness is important, and so is the ability to appreciate and understand music, literature and visual arts.

Mathematical competence is needed in everyday life, as is an understanding of the natural world and the ability to apply knowledge and technology to different situations. Considering the influence and pervasiveness of digital technology in current and future societies, it is important that children learn how to positively engage with these tools in school and out of it.

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Act against wrongdoings, says Ruler

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018
Royal tradition: Tuanku Muhriz inspecting the guard of honour during the opening of the state assembly meeting in Seremban. — Bernama

Royal tradition: Tuanku Muhriz inspecting the guard of honour during the opening of the state assembly meeting in Seremban. — Bernama

SEREMBAN: Tuanku Muhriz Tuanku Muna­wir expressed disappointment that no action has been taken against the wrongdoings that had been happening in the country for a long time, but was also grateful that the rakyat voted to voice their displeasure.

The Yang di-Pertuan Besar of Negri Sembilan also expressed hope that the people would never again have to witness reports of extreme abuse of power and misappropriation of funds exposed almost daily by the new federal government.

He said this was important as such wrongdoings could destroy the nation.

“What was most disappointing was that these wrongdoings had been happening for a long time and nobody was able to take any effective action.

He did not elaborate on the wrongdoings.

Also present at the event were his consort Tunku Ampuan Besar Negri Sembilan Tuanku Aishah Rohani and Mentri Besar Aminuddin Harun.

Tuanku Muhriz said he wanted his assemblymen to be “persons of honour” who executed their duties responsibly as they were constantly being watched by their voters.

The state administration, he added, should also hold more consultations with the people before finalising matters on development.

“Always remember that the people are the ones who elevated your status to Yang Berhormat.

“So you must always be a leader of high integrity and dignity, and be firm in your beliefs,” he said.

Tuanku Muhriz also said checks and balances were necessary in any administration to prevent power abuse.

“All assemblymen, enforcement agencies and civil servants must carry out their duties with integrity and accountability and without any personal agenda,” he added.

He called on the state administration to continue with programmes that benefited the people.

Tuanku Muhriz also commended the state government for having disbursed RM1.13bil through its Social Security Net Policy from 2008 to 2017 to help 1.27 million needy recipients.

He said a state’s prosperity should not only be measured by its economic growth and development in urban areas, but also include benefits received by folk living in rural and remote areas.

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