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Friday, June 19, 2009

DCM studies requests from Chinese community

KOTA KINABALU: It is all homework for Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Peter Pang En Yin as he studies proposals and requests from the Chinese community leaders here.

He said there have been a number of requests, such as on education, but Pang, who is also the Youth and Sports Minister, said: “All must be studied thoroughly before I make a decision.”

Asked on the request to set up a Chinese primary school in the state capital, he stressed that he was doing his homework on the matter.

“I know about it. I am already doing my homework, I am also discussing the matter with other leaders to find out whether there is a need for the request.

“It is important for me to study the situation first before taking it to the higher authorities … I will see how to deal with this,” he told reporters after attending luncheon with the Kota Kinabalu Chinese Chambers and Industries (KKCCI) and the United Sabah Chinese Chambers and Industries (USCCI) yesterday.

He added that his immediate agenda includes creating closer rapport with all Chinese community leaders, adding: “This is to better understand their needs.”

Meanwhile, KKCCI president Datuk Sari Nuar said he hopes Pang would be able to fulfill their requests and continue to work closely with Chinese community leaders in the interest of their people.

“Being the deputy chief minister is not easy, it comes with heavy responsibilities …I hope he (Pang) will work hard for the good of the people, especially the Chinese community,” he said.

Sari, however, expressed hope that civil servants would be able to improve their services.

“It is sad especially when a minister is working really hard to help the people, but the level of services provided by the government staff is low and unsatisfactory, it should come together,” he said.

He added that state civil servants should emulate the services provided by federal government staff such as at the Immigration Department and Inland Revenue Board, describing them as ‘very efficient’.


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