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KUALA LUMPUR, 7 May 2017:
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today announced the abolishing of cabotage imposed on all cargo shipping services between Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan as of June 1.
Najib said with the exemption, the cabotage policy – which was widely blamed by many quarters for higher costs of goods in Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan – would no longer be an issue.
Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg said: “We thanked the prime minister for abolishing the cabotage policy that will hopefully reduce cost implications because it avoids double handling.
“I know that certain sectors are not happy but we have to consider the needs of the consumers. Hopefully, it will help reduce the costs and weather the rising cost of living.”
The prime minister also said the federal government is committed to keeping its promise to increase the number of Sabahans filling federal civil service posts in Sabah as announced before.
Najib said a the time when he announced the commitment a few years ago, Sabahans made up only 72% of teachers in the state, but the number now had increased to over 80%.
“We will increase the number to 90% within three years. Similarly for doctors. The number of Sabahan doctors (in the state) has reached 40% now. We will give more opportunities to the locals in the public service.”
Najib, who is also finance minister, said he would keep the promise he made to Sandakan residents during his visit here on March 3 that he would upgrade the Sandakan Airport.
The prime minister said the ground breaking ceremony for the upgrading of the airport would be done today and upon completion of the project, he hoped Sandakan would attract more foreign tourists, especially from China, Korea, Japan and Asean countries.
He said RM80 million was allocated for the project, for which the contractor had been appointed.
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