1. SARAWAK AND SABAH TO SET UP ITS OWN AIRLINES
The governments of Sarawak and Sabah are ready to collaborate in reviewing its own airlines for future operations in the Borneo Island.
Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said the proposal was to improve connectivity while also to increase revenue for tourism sector in both states.
The proposal for the establishment of the airlines however is still under review.
2. WORK OUT RIGHT FORMULA FOR SARAWAK AND SABAH
On another note, Abang Johari has urged federal government to come out with a right formula in the allocation of special development grants to Sarawak and Sabah.
He said the distribution of fund should not be based on comparisons between Sarawak and Sabah and the states in West Malaysia and such rational would be unfair to both states.
Abang Johari had earlier paid a courtesy call on his Sabah counterpart at the Sabah Chief Minister’s office said, due to insufficient funding Sarawak had to resort to using its own funds to build basic infrastructure throughout the state.
3. MASING UNHAPPY PUTRAJAYA IGNORED CALLS FOR MORE CIQS
Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing has ticked off the federal administration decision during tabling of Budget 2020 for ignoring calls to fortify the 1,100km Sarawak-Indonesia border.
He explained that, more Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) checkpoints are sorely needed to mitigate illegal border crossers and tighten security along the border.
Masing has expressed concern over the security of the hydroelectric plants (HEP) in Sarawak, which are in Batang Ai, Bakun and Murum along with the new plant in Baleh, which is expected to be completed by 2025.
Sarawak was relegated to an afterthought in the construction of CIQs during the tabling of Budget 2020 by Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng last Friday.