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PUBLISHED: Sep 23, 2015 10:51pm

Sabah to set up committee to study devolution of power

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Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman says with the setting up of the committee, he hopes key areas of the government's delivery system will be identified. - TRP file pic

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KOTA KINABALU, Sept 23, 2015:

Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman today announced that the state Cabinet would set up a committee to study areas of the federal government’s administration that should be transferred to the state government.

He said this was on top of what he announced recently on according the state government greater control over rural development projects to expedite their planning and implementation.

“This is also in line with the recent announcement by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak on the devolution of power from the federal government to the state government,” he said after chairing the state Cabinet meeting, here, today.

Musa said the committee would be chaired by State Secretary Tan Sri Sukarti Wakiman and made up of top government officials heading key state departments and agencies.

He said those in the committee would work closely with their federal counterparts to identify areas that needed to be decentralised to allow more decision-making powers at the state level.

“This needs to be done because like I said before, there were many instances of delay in the planning, channelling of funds and project implementation because of too many agencies being involved at the federal level, bureaucracy and politicking,” he said.

Musa said with the setting up of the committee, he hoped key areas of the government’s delivery system would be identified, studied and a system set up to empower the state to exercise control over planning, funding and implementation of government projects and programmes.

“The BN government at the federal and state levels have a common objective, which is to bring more development to Sabah and the nation as a whole.

“We believe the devolution of power will enable us to achieve this objective in a timely and more efficient manner,” he said.

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