KIMANIS, Jan 13 (Bernama) -- Sabah is on the right track under the leadership of Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal in fulfilling the people's needs and implementing development in the state, said Sabah Rural Development Minister Datuk Ewon Benedick.
He said Mohd Shafie was very open to listening to members under him, not only about the problems and needs of the people or the need of respective ministries, but also matters regarding the rights of Sabah, economic development and administration of the state.
"Among the Chief Minister’s economic vision is to provide employment opportunities to Sabahans by stopping timber export so that furniture factories and the downstream wood industry can be developed in Sabah.
"If previously the timbers were exported to furniture factories in Japan, hence the Japanese were getting the jobs, but now that the export of timber logs has been stopped and the furniture factories are being built in Sabah, those who will get the jobs are the people of Sabah," he said during a session with Membakut United Progressive People of Kinabalu Organisation (UPKO) members here today.
Ewon who is also UPKO vice president said the same applies to other industries such as natural resources, gas and oil.
He said Mohd Shafie was indeed the Chief Minister of all Sabahans, who comprise various races, religions and culture.
Ewon said proof of his concern is the increase of allocation for non-Muslim religious bodies, missionary schools and independent non-Muslim schools from RM35 million in 2019 to RM43 million this year.
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