More than three billion ringgit ($860m) of state and federal money has already been spent to help villagers farm their land with vegetables, fruit, rice, oil palm and rubber; raise cattle, goats, poultry and fish. The government also trains villagers in vocations: tailoring, hairdressing and bakery. A microcredit scheme modelled on the success of the Bangladeshi Grameen Bank, offers low-interest loans to help villagers set up small businesses. Cash is given regularly to old people, orphans and the very poor. Roads and bridges are built in remote villages to allow farmers to transport their produce to Tamus (Sabah’s version of a flea market) in towns. Thousands of low- and medium-cost houses have been built for the rural people. “The aim,” says a state official, “is to reduce Sabah’s squatter colonies to zero.”
This year , the federal government has given Sabah 580m ringgitto spend on development projects to rid Sabahans of poverty while the state is spending almost 160m ringgit. Such huge spending shows that the path from rags to riches is not easy, considering that Sabah is the size of Scotland and more than 70% of the state is rural.
Mr Musa has been fair and magnanimous in bringing wealth to his people. The poor will not be poor anymore but they must now learn to stand on their feet. The rich will get richer but not at the expense of the poor. Next year, Sabahans will see glory return to their state when it is taken off the poor list. And the man who has made this happen is Musa Aman. by Insight Sabah—A Sabah State Government site,
[Federal] Minister [Shahrizat]…. discover that 70% of the 44,643 hardcore poor families nationwide are found in Sabah and Sarawak. The 15,293 [hardcore poor families] in Sabah represent 34.26% of total in nationwide. Also those in poor bracket 55,957 families and mudah miskin 86,399 families. She said such programme must be implemented immediately to achieve the ZERO hardcore poor aim by the end of this year. --- Daily Express, 27/4/2010
KUNDASANG, April 20 (Bernama) -- Utusan Malaysia photographer Mohd Noor Mat Amin's feat of climbing Mt Kinabalu 111 times in 111 days will go into the Malaysia Book of Records. Mohd Noor who took over three months to conquer South-east Asia's highest peak began his 111th climb at 7.20am and reached Timpohon Arch, Taman Kinabalu at 11.50am.
"I am thankful and glad to finish the 1Malaysia Solo 2009-2010 safely and on schedule. This proves that Malaysians too can create records just like Westerners," he said. During the climb, the 43 year-old newspaper photographer was accompanied by guide Safrey Sumping. Mohd Noor received RM20,000 from Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman for his feat and for bringing glory to the country.
Soon after arrival, Mohd Noor was garlanded with flowers by principal political secretary to the Sabah Chief Minister, Nizam Abu Bakar Titingan. Nizam who represented the state government commended Mohd Noor his feat and said that the climber would be proposed as Mt Kinabalu ambassador. Mohd Noor's next mission is to climb Kuala Lumpur Tower 111 times in one week starting May 8.