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Assistant Minister of Industrial Development
Sabah Economic Development Corporation
Assistant Industrial Development Minister
Daily Express, Sabah, Malaysia -- News Headlines
Ensure all devt plans are in order: Jainab MENGGATAL: Karambunai Assemblywoman Jainab Datuk Ahmad called on Kota Kinabalu City Hall (DBKK) and other approving bodies to ensure that development plans are in order before approving them.She blamed the Sunday flood on improper implementation of a housing development project in the Menggatal area.She said its site preparation work caused the surrounding village areas to be flooded because of the absence of bigger and wider drains to facilitate the outflow of water."I am pro-development but there must be proper planning with emphasis on environmental impact and proper drainage."If we simply implement development projects without being farsighted, then we will only cause the people to suffer when heavy rains occur," Jainab told Daily Express after inspecting the affected areas at Kg Rampayan, in Menggatal.She was accompanied by the Karambunai People's Development Leader (PKR), Manjah Ag Bahar.Jainab, who is Assistant Minister of Industrial Development also lamented that no boats were available to carry out rescue or evacuation work on Sunday night.Meanwhile, she said measures are being taken by the relevant authorities to bring relief to flood-victims at Kg Rampayan, one of the badly-hit areas.Jainab said she had informed the welfare authorities about the victims' immediate needs such as food, blankets and cooking utensils."The Village Chief and Village Development and Security Committee (JKKK) are in the process of identifying the victims," she said.Losses reported to her include damaged TV and computer sets, air-conditioning units, spoilt furniture and mattresses, and missing kitchen utensils and schoolbooks.Meanwhile, former Senator Datuk Christine Tibok-Vanhouten said there is a pressing need to widen the Menggatal, Pulutan and Keliangau Rivers.She said the rivers overflow their banks whenever there are torrential rains, causing devastating floods in the Menggatal area.
Malaysian National News Agency :: BERNAMA
KOTA KINABALU, Feb 3 (Bernama) -- Sabah's Assistant Minister of Industrial Development Jainab Ahmad today called on the Sabah Economic Development Corporation (Sedco), particularly its subsidiary, Sedcovest Holdings Sdn Bhd to facilitate borrowing by entrepreneurs in the state.Jainab said she hopes Sedcovest could loosen the criteria to borrow money so that more Bumiputera entrepreneurs could gain more access to its funds.
Meanwhile, Assistant Industrial Development Minister Jainab Ahmad is holding her post for the second term which she says gave her ideas to help women advance economically.
Assistant Minister of Industrial Development cum Karambunai Assemblywoman Jainab Ahmad who revealed this said these conmen have found a new avenue to make a quick buck by impersonating local authority enforcement personnel. "I hope the squatters would not be easily duped by these impersonators.Please report to the police or the authorities if you come across such unscrupulous people," she said at the people-with-leaders session cum Anugerah Jasa Mu di-Kenang (remembrance of deeds) event at Kampung Likas, Sunday. She said it is very unfortunate that the swindlers prey even on poor people including squatters. Nevertheless, she said local squatters in her constituency are allowed to stay at their present houses until government-built residences are ready for them to move in. She stressed that the squatters are not allowed to expand the size of their houses now because sooner or later these would be demolished to pave the way for more organised housing. Jainab said City Hall and the State Secretary are still discussing the plan to build six-storey flats for the squatters. Squatter areas, she said are exposed to floods and fires compared to well-planned housing. "But only genuine Malaysians are allowed to move into the housing built by the Government," she said. On other developments, she urged contractors carrying out construction works in Karambunai to build their kongsi (quarters for the workers) dwellings within the perimeter of their project site. She said this is to prevent squatter colonies from mushrooming after they had completed their projects. The locals, she said are unhappy with the situation because in many cases, squatters built extensions from the former kongsi and subsequently turn them into squatter settlements. She admitted that there are many squatter areas in Karambunai but that this is being addressed. Meanwhile, Jainab said former JKKK chairmen and village chiefs could still contribute towards development in their respective locality. She said the Jasa Mu di-Kenang award is to show appreciation for the contribution of these former village level leaders.
Be flexible on licences for small traders: Jainab INDUSTRIAL Development Assistant Minister Jainab Ahmad called on local authorities, particularly City Hall, to be more flexible when issuing trading licences to enable small-time traders apply for business loans. She said the local authorities should consider easing the requirements, in tandem with the Budget 2008 which allocated RM50 million as guarantees to Bank Simpanan Nasional Berhad and Bank Islam Berhad to provide loans to those without fixed income, effective Jan 1, 2008. "Quite a number of small traders, particularly among the women, operating their businesses at home are unable to seek financial assistance to expand their business operations due to failure to obtain trading licences from Kota Kinabalu City Hall. "For City Hall, it is a requirement for applicants to have office premises when applying for a trading licence and such condition has hampered the applicants' bid to legalise and expand their small businesses. "When these small traders failed to acquire the trading licence, they are not eligible to apply for business loans from financial institutions that require the applicants to possess trading licences," Jainab said. She said this to reporters after officiating at the closing of a forum appreciating past leaders' struggle, organised by Sabah Women's Advisory Council (MPWS) and PEWANI of UiTM Sabah branch, here, Saturday.Also present were Ex-Deputy State Secretary, Datuk Noni J. Said and MPWS Chairman Datin Asnimar Sukardi. Describing the Budget 2008 as a budget benefiting all walks of life, Jainab said the Government funding to assist small traders would be left unused if loan applicants are unable to possess trading licences for their businesses. She was also pleased to note that RM200 million would be provided for tourism development in Sabah and Sarawak. Jainab, who is also Karambunai assemblywoman, said this could benefit a plan that she hoped to realise in her constituency in which a monument of Mat Salleh is proposed to be erected in Kg Inanam Laut in commemoration of his struggle against colonialisation of Sabah. She also welcomed the RM22 million allocation for homestay activities that would trigger interest of the residents in Kg Darau and several villages in her constituency to be involved in homestay to boost the State's tourism industry.