Sabah lawmakers ready to declare assets, says DCM

Deputy Chief Minister Wilfred Madius Tangau witnessing the exchange of the MoU between MASwings CEO Aminuddin Zakaria (third from right) and Air France Industries-KLM Engineering and Maintenance Asia-Pacific vice-president sales Dominik Wiener Silva (third from left).

KOTA KINABALU: Deputy Chief Minister Wilfred Madius Tangau has declared he has no problem declaring his assets again even though he has done so only recently.

Speaking to the media after witnessing an MoU signing ceremony between MASwings Sdn Bhd and Air France Industries here today, Tangau said he had previously declared his assets when he was a federal minister.

“We (Sabah Cabinet) are in the process of actually doing that (declaring assets). I have done the declaration before but we will do this,” Tangau, who is also the industrial development minister, said.

He was commenting on the prime minister’s proposal that all lawmakers, including those in the opposition, be required to declare their assets as part of measures outlined in the National Anti-Corruption Plan.

Tangau, who is the president of local party Upko, is also the Tuaran MP and a nominated assemblyman in the Sabah assembly.

Commenting on the progress of investments coming into Sabah, Tangau said the government’s job is only to ensure that all facilities are in place when investors decide to come in.

He said the government is not involved in the agreements signed by private parties, including the one in the Lahad Datu Palm Oil Industrial Cluster (POIC), worth more than RM12 billion, signed recently.

“We are following through on these agreements on our part. But it is up to the private parties if they want to go through with it.

“Recently, in China, we also witnessed various MoUs for investors to come in, worth RM20 billion, but it is entirely their business, not the government’s.”

Meanwhile, speaking about the event today, Tangau said the KKIP Aerospace Training Centre is expected to receive its first batch of students in the middle of next year to undergo training as aircraft maintenance technicians under the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Category A training programme, with dual certification.

Currently, he said the Tuaran district council had already approved the building plan and construction is expected to start soon.

“Airlines, including MASwings, will begin to do some of their repairs here. At the moment, they are doing it in Singapore, but over time they will be done locally here.

“We have also started talking to AirAsia for them to start their maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facilities here in Kota Kinabalu.

“The state government will assist with the facilities as we go along. What is important is that we provide the necessary human resources such as certified trainees,” he said.

The centre is expected to begin classes next year for 200 trainees. The number will be increased to 400 later.

The training includes campus training for one year, covering 14 modules. This will be followed by another year of on-the-job training.

It is going to be the first and only training centre in the country offering such programmes.