Sabah can be the future model of growth under Musa Aman

Posted: January 28, 2012 in indonesia, Malaysia Today, Malaysian Politics, Musa Aman, North Borneo, Penang, pesticide poisoning, pesticides, Sabah, Sabah Politics, Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu, Vegetables
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Musa Aman will be back in the saddle even after the 13th GE which is expected anytime now. As he returns to Sabah, a third term, as the longest serving chief minister of Sabah, and who has broken the 9 years jinx, after generating a hope for the better for the average man on the street.

I am reminded of what a former Chief  Minister of Penang a distinguished doctor a political strategist par excellence the late Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu had once told my late father and me when we visited him after he lost the 1990 Padang Kota state seat to Lim Kit Siang of DAP. As Chief Minister of Penang since 1969 he was able to generate a growth rate of ten per cent and more, brought in top Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Billions of US$ and thousands of  jobs were created when he brought in big name electronic multinationals like Intel, Motorola and many more. “And still people voted me out,” he acknowledged.

“It was a rude awakening for me. I then realised that a high economic rate of growth is no indicator of human development.”

Dr Lim Chong Eu then gave me the memorable gem: “We were wrongly advised that we should take care of GDP and it will automatically take care of urban poverty. This is not correct. We need to take care of poverty and it will automatically take care of economic growth”. This is exactly what Musa Aman did. And true to what Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu had said, people of Sabah had voted Musa Aman back to power in 2008 with almost 98.33% success, winning 59 out of the 60 seats contested. Musa Aman invested in the people, and the people paid back.

A high growth rate of 5 per cent between 2004 and 2008 is not the reason why Musa Aman had been voted back in 2008. Restoring the right to freedom and good governance was certainly the first step. Simultaneously he followed it up with various development initiatives, which mainline economists would wrongly classify as populist measures. Providing free milk, food supplements, textbooks, uniforms, shoes to school-going children, and reserving seats for women in JKKK and local bodies was part of the social engineering that he undertook. Program Pembangunan Rakyat Termiskin (PPRT), was introduced to assist the hardcore poor. The programme established a register on the profile of hardcore poor households and contained a package of projects tailored to meet their specific needs, such as increasing their employability and income, better housing and educational assistance. Direct assistance was given to the hardcore poor who were disabled and aged. In addition, the hardcore poor were provided with interest-free loans to purchase shares in a unit trust scheme (ASB-PPRT) so that the dividends can supplement their income. With the foundations now well laid out, the challenge Musa Aman faces in his third term are not only formidable but if attempted in a more realistic and holistic manner can even chart out a new future for the country.

Unlike most other political leaders, I found Musa Aman to be more receptive and sensitive to the needs of the poor and marginalised. While the Sabah verdict amply demonstrates his willingness to improve the lot of the masses mainly the natives. And the 2012 state budget amounting to RM4.048 billion the  highest and biggest budget ever allocated and announced in the history of Sabah Government is a clear example that Musa Aman cares for Sabahans.

With 80 per cent of the population involved in farming, Sabah’s future revolves around agriculture. Except for rice which is still imported,  Sabah is trying to attain self-sufficiency in food production and produces surplus vegetables both highland and lowland vegetables, surplus of poultry and eggs, surplus of marine fish, surplus  of milk, but, the fact remains that the State still has a large proportion of population which is poor and there is still poverty. The challenge therefore is on how to bring a synergy between agriculture and food security; on how to turn agriculture economically and ecologically sustainable in a manner that it does not lead farmers in distress to sell off their land to ‘outsiders’ and become landless and at the same time provide food and nutrition for the masses. A healthy agriculture is also the first line of defence against poverty.

Sabah therefore needs to discard the Green Revolution approach. It has to stop poisoning its soils, contaminating the water bodies and the environment and pushing more and more farmers out of agriculture. Sabah needs to shun the industrial model of farm growth, and build an ecologically sustainable farming model driven by a futuristic vision. Agriculture has to be re-designed and linked with its own traditional time-tested public distribution system – where the communities have been in control and have managed the food needs in a kampong.

Instead of chemical fertilisers, vermi-composting as a cottage industry has to be encouraged on a massive scale. This will restore soil health, increase crop productivity, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It will also generate more rural employment. Chemical pesticides need to be eliminated besides its so expensive, I know I was in this industry in the past. Sabah can learn from the ‘Non-Pesticides Management’ system of agriculture from Indonesia and Thailand. No chemical pesticides are applied in over 50,000 hectares in Indonesia, and yet the crop yields are very high. Driven by its increasingly successful adoption by farmers, Indonesia plans to raise the area under no-pesticides agriculture to half-million hectares by the year 2014. If this can happen in Indonesia, there is no reason why Sabah cannot learn from its success.

Sabah can create history by showing a development path that is not only sustainable in the long-run but also brings prosperity and happiness to the masses. Musa Aman can surely create history by showing the world what true development means. And his time begins now.

Comments
  1. Lim Shon says:

    I beseech the Sabahans to equally contribute towards developing the state, not let alone to the Government.

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  2. Dalah says:

    Other relevant industries should be established and developed in order to generate income and provide job opportunities for the people.

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  3. Linda says:

    There have been numerous changes in Sabah…the future of the state is brighter.

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  4. Linda says:

    It is our responsibilities to make Sabah a better place for all.

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  5. John says:

    So far there have been some developments in Sabah under the leadership of Musa Aman

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  6. ilaa says:

    Sudah banyak perubahan yang ada di Sabah.harap sabah akan semakin maju pada masa hadapan.

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  7. ilaa says:

    Semua terletak di tangan rakyat.harap Rakyat sabah akan terus menyokong Datuk Musa.

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  8. owie says:

    Biasalah ada yang suka ada yang tidak suka.Yang penting beliau telah menjalankan tugas dengan baik.

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  9. yin says:

    Nobody perfect.. datuk Musa telah banyak memberi sumbangan kepada sabah. Kekurangan tu memang ada..

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  10. yaya says:

    Datuk Musa telah buat yang terbaik untuk sabah.Memang ada kekurangan, tapi masih boleh di perbaiki lagi.

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  11. Mark says:

    Industri pelancongan, petrol dll harus diusaha supaya menjana pendapatan berterusan dan memberi lebih banyak peluang pekerjaan.

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  12. Jane says:

    Under Musa, I can see a brighter future to Sabah. Lets work across the finger.

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  13. Asyraf says:

    Masalah kemiskinan memerlukan usaha semua golongan. Rakyat tidak harus terlalu bergantung kepada kerajaan sahaja.

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  14. Amir says:

    Banyak industri yang berpotensi tinggi harus diusahakan dengan baik untuk mendatangkan pendapatan yang banyak dan lumayan.

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  15. Yus says:

    Seharus berterima kasih kepada usaha Musa terhadap perkembangan ekonomi di Sabah.

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  16. Khairul says:

    Adakah Musa masih mendapat sokongan? Terdengar ada banyak negatif commen tentang musa juga. Harap rakyat sedari siapa yang sesuai dan yang terbaik untuk Sabah.

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  17. Josh says:

    Perkembangan ekonomi bukan dari kerajaan tetapi rakyat juga harus berusaha.

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  18. Moi Moi says:

    Sabah tidak harus sebegini dengan sumber alam yang kaya dan semulajadi. harus lebih berkembang seperti KL, Penang dll.

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  19. LLS says:

    Ada yang rasa Musa sesuai untuk menjadi CM ddan ada yang tidak puas hati juga. Terbukti Musa berusaha untuk membangunkan Sabah tetapi harus teruskan perjuangannya.

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  20. yan says:

    masih banyak yang perlu dibuat..melalui usaha dan komitmen berterusan diharap Sabah akan terus maju ke hadapan.

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  21. yan says:

    kita pasti dapat meihat sendiri pencapaian dan perubahan yang berlaku di Sabah..semoga pencapaian yang lebih cemerlang akan berlaku.

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  22. yan says:

    usaha yang berterusan perlu dibuat untuk menjadikan Sabah lebih membangun dan maju..

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  23. adam says:

    i hope sabah will be better in this year and in the future…

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  24. adam says:

    me gusta says:
    February 5, 2012 at 12:47 am

    Although the chief village was not an easy task, what more when compared to CM. It is true that there are pros and cons when MA is being the CM of Sabah. The decision is in our hand. If it is meant to be that MA will be replaced, then the next successor must be better than him. But who?

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    honestly, i can’t think anyone can be replace musa aman..of course there’s pros and cons but it is up to us to decided…

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  25. adam says:

    its obvious that poverty must be eradicated..

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  26. me gusta says:

    Although the chief village was not an easy task, what more when compared to CM. It is true that there are pros and cons when MA is being the CM of Sabah. The decision is in our hand. If it is meant to be that MA will be replaced, then the next successor must be better than him. But who?

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  27. Anonymous says:

    9 years is such long time to rule for a KM like MA..for a state who is rich with natural source such as oil (only 5% royalti, the rest go to malaya) and one of the biggest exporter for palm oil, cocoa, and rubber in Malaysia..and then the tourism industry which is great since sabah has many attraction for tourist..and yet, still until now known as the poorest state in Malaysia..and the people from semenanjung believe we live on the tree and the PATI causing trouble here and there…and some got ic even though they can’t seem to understand or speak malay very well..only those who have kepentingan ja will vote for MA..changes must be made..why you want to vote someone who is not progressive enough and not willing to defend the sabahan right to the max (example oil..only 5% royalti when it is actualy originated from sabah)…come on lah people..

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  28. martycruz says:

    yup.. only after musa aman took over this state, there are a lot of improvement in term of economic and development.. I’m sure he will be able to turn this state to be a developed state by 2015..

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  29. Hului says:

    Datuk Musa Aman do their job as a CM Sabah. What’s the important CM need to continue he efforts to solve the problem in this state.

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  30. JamlinHasan says:

    Perpaduan di kalangan masyarakat berbilang etnik diberi nafas yang baru. Usaha-usaha ke arah ‘ethnic trust building’ akan dipergiatkan demi kepentingan masa depan kita. Rakyat negeri Sabah perlu menerima hakikat bahawa kestabilan politik dan ekonomi akan memastikan agenda pembangunan dan kemajuan negeri Sabah menjadi suatu realiti menjelang tahun 2020. Semoga Sabah akan mestikan yang perpaduan ini akan terus dikekalkan dan pertahankan walaupun pelbagai halangan datang.

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  31. manboyLik says:

    Walaupun kemajuan ekonomi negeri diberi keutamaan, namun komitmen terhadap keperluan sosial tidak boleh diketepikan. Pembelaan rakyat termiskin dan mereka yang berada di luar bandar akan terus mendapat perhatian. Program sosioekonomi bagi menangani masalah kadar kemiskinan yang agak tinggi dan penyediaan infrastruktur, kos rumah rendah dan sederhana akan terus dipergiatkan. Sebagai contoh, Jawatankuasa Kerja Kemiskinan akan diaktifkan semula untuk menyelaraskan dan memantau kejayaan program.

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  32. illya says:

    setiap pembangunan yang kita perolehi sekarang adalah disebabkan usaha2 para pemimpin bukan saja pada masa kini malah pemimpin2 yang terdahulu. syukurlah dengan apa yang kita nikmati sekarang terutama pembangunan yang dikecapi oleh Sabah dalam era pemerintahan Musa Aman. saya mengharapkan Musa Aman akan terus berusaha untuk memajukan Sabah menjadi sebuah negeri yang disegani dan diharap suatu masa nanti Sabah tidak lagi memegang gelaran negeri termiskin.

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  33. harus says:

    Memang satu pencapaian yang besar bagi Sabah di bawah pemerintahan KM.

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  34. mgs says:

    Yes, indeed. There is no doubt about that.

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  35. Kris Jr says:

    Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) and the Government Transformation Programme (GTP) as diverse sectors propelling the economy to compete globally.

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  36. Kris Jr says:

    the State continues to see progress in several sectors of the economy, most notably in oil and gas, palm oil and tourism.

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  37. Smookiekins says:

    As Sabah progresses into the Tenth Malaysia Plan (10MP) and the Sabah Development Corridor (SDC),the Government would continue to plan and implement timely projects with the overall aim of uplifting standards of living

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  38. Anak Sabah says:

    Semua pihak perlulah memberikan kerjasama dan sokongan terhadap kepimpinan Datuk Musa Aman supaya segalanya berjalan lancar.

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  39. Anak Sabah says:

    Harap Datuk Musa Aman akan meneruskan usaha beliau untuk membangunkan Sabah dan menjadikan Sabah sebagai negeri yang maju.

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  40. antap says:

    jika prestasi terus baik, pasti Musa akan terus dipilih rakyat untuk menerajui sabah.

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  41. antap says:

    presatasi Musa Aman agak baik sepanjang jadi KM, moga ia akan teruskan preastasi baik ini.

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  42. Jill says:

    I wish MA all the best in the coming election. I only hope for the best man to win the election, and it could be someone else beside MA.

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  43. Jill says:

    Under Musa leadership, sabah has become more developed than it was previous years ago. Of course, we can’t deny there are some things that we are not satisfied about the current situation in sabah such as being known as the poorest state in malaysia and the large number of PATI in sabah. These are the two main issue that MA must tackle.

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  44. Jill says:

    Though there may be people giving hate comment regarding him but that doesn’t mean all the sabahans hate him.

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  45. Jill says:

    he was voted back once, then he sure will be voted again when election comes.

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  46. aku bah says:

    S/ada rakyat akan terus menyokong MA atau sebaliknya, itu biar rakyat yang tentukan. Sekarang ini pastikan dulu t/jawab terhadap rakyat dipenuhi.

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  47. aku bah says:

    Jadi MA kenalah bijak memainkan peranan. Tingkatkan usaha dan pastikan kelemahan yang ada ditanggani dengan baik.

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  48. aku bah says:

    Bagi saya ada juga pembangunan di sabah di bawah pimpinan MA. Tipulah kalau takda kan… Tapi kalau dihitung kelemahan/masalah/isu2 yang ada di Sabah, alahai punya banyak.

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  49. Bosan says:

    Saya hormat Musa sebagai CM tapi rasanya masih banyak sudut yang Musa patut perbaiki.

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  50. Bosan says:

    Memang ada jugfa sumbangan Musa terhadap Sabah tapi kalau betul betul Musa ini CM yang baik, Sabahan takkan terus mengeluh dengan kekurangan-kekurangan yang ada bah!!!

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  51. john layak says:

    Musa Aman is the biggest musang Sabah has ever seen. Musa Aman is only good in making his family and all the Pakistan like you Selva kaya raya. Sabahans cannot be fooled anymore. It was Datuk Harris Salleh before and now Musa Aman pastuni doing the same.

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