KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Chief Minister Musa Aman has praised the performance of state foundation group Yayasan Sabah and has dismissed accusations against it by certain parties as mere lies.
“Certain quarters claimed Yayasan Sabah is bankrupt and threw other accusations against it but all remain unproven and are lies,” said Musa in a statement.
“Thank God, we’ve seen for ourselves that Yayasan Sabah remains strong and stable and has been able to carry out its agenda, activities and programmes as usual since 1967.”
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Abdul Rahman Dahlan delivered Musa’s speech during a roadshow held by the foundation here today.
Musa, who is also chairman of the foundation’s board of trustees, said Yayasan had helped in developing education, entrepreneurship, human capital, health, socioeconomics and creative arts.
“Yayasan has produced many professionals in various fields and they are now serving the state and society,” he said.
“These are some of the proactive efforts by Yayasan in helping the government develop Sabah.”
Musa, who is also state finance minister, said Yayasan’s stability allowed it to provide scholarships to young people, build a handicraft centre, upgrade Kolej Yayasan Sabah into the University College Sabah Foundation (UCSF) and provide jobs.
“This is in line with the objectives outlined by Yayasan founder and the late father of independence for the state, Datu Mustapha Datu Harun.”
Musa thanked the federal government, under the leadership of prime minister Najib Razak, for its support and RM250 million grant to develop the Sabah International Convention Centre (SICC).
“It’s time we had our own convention centre that can be a MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions) venue,” he said.
“I’d like to congratulate Yayasan for spearheading the building of the SICC, which will provide jobs for the people.
“I’m sure SICC will be able to chart greater successes for the state in organising MICE events.”
He said such an international conference centre will be run by innovative local graduates.
“In this context, some graduates of institutions under the Yayasan, such as the Yayasan Sabah Technical College and UCSF, can fill the jobs at SICC.”