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KUALA LUMPUR – Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak has slammed former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad over the latter’s blog posting which said Malaysia has been labelled as amongst the ten most corrupt countries in the world.

The Communications and Multimedia Minister said that on January 24, CNBC came out with a report mentioning that the ten most corrupt countries in the world were Somalia, South Sudan, North Korea, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya, Afghanistan, Guinea-Bissau and Venezuela.

“The New York Times also came out with its report on December 9, 2016 more or less saying the same thing, as did the Independent of UK(United Kingdom) on January 25, 2017 and Fortune.com on the same day.

“Last month, on March 14, 2017, CheatSheet came out with the 15 most corrupt countries in the world and still Malaysia was not on the list,” Salleh countered in a post on his blog, sskeruak.blogspot.my, today.

He noted that ranker.com came out with the most corrupt countries list based on Transparency International’s report and Malaysia was not even in the top 100 list.

“So where did Mahathir get his facts from? Has someone been feeding him false news?​​,” Salleh questioned.

Yesterday, Mahathir had hurled some allegations on Malaysia and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in his blog. – BERNAMA

KOTA BELUD – The government is constantly endeavouring to implement various national economic development programmes particularly to improve the livelihood of the target groups.

One of these endeavours is to develop the country’s digital economy and ensure continuity of the economic benefits currently enjoyed by the people, said Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak.

He said in line with the government’s efforts to develop the national digital economy, his ministry and Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) had been entrusted with various sustainable economic development programmes.

“In this regard, I hope the programmes to be implemented by the ministry and MDEC can create wealth, build human capital and upgrade the people’s life,” he said.

He said this while launching the Bootcamp #YOUCANDUIT programme here today. Also present were the ministry’s deputy secretary-general (Policy) Datuk Mohid Mohamed and MDEC chief executive officer Datuk Yasmin Mahmood.

“This #YOUCANDUIT campaign paves the way and trains low income housholds on how to capitalise and earn income in digital space. To this end, MDEC has introduced two programmes, e-Usahawan and e-Rezeki,” he said.

Salleh said the e-Usahawan programme was aimed at encouraging youths and micro entrepreneurs to venture into the digital business sector.

“Exposure to digital entrepreneurship knowledge through the programme will surely benefit the people in Sabah, aside from allowing them to increase their understanding of digital business,” he said.

Salleh said e-Rezeki concerned the most important target group, B40, that is, the 40 per cent low income earners.

“E-Rezeki provides a platform for the group to generate additional income through activities that match the ability of the households to become part of the competitive digital manpower,” he said.

On the achievement of e-Usahawan, he said as at December last year, 51,000 technical and vocational education and training (TVET) students and micro entrepreneurs underwent the course.

The minister said RM48 million in total sale returns was generated through e-Usahawan.

“As for the e-Rezeki programme, it earned more than RM17 million additional income for more than 50,000 participants,” he said.

Salleh said the ministry and MDEC’s target for the two programmes was 150,000 participants by the end of this year with total sale returns reaching RM130 million. – BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR – The Opposition is jealous and worried about Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak’s just-concluded visit to China which has turned out to be a roaring success, said Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak.

While some had accused Najib of ‘selling’ Malaysia to China, he said the Opposition did not dare to openly and aggressively criticise the prime minister for fear of a backlash from the Chinese community.

Salleh noted that some had said that Najib’s China visit was a brilliant move, reminiscent of what the prime minister’s father, Tun Abdul Razak Hussein did in 1974.

In his blog posting at sskeruak.blogspot.my, he said: “The Opposition is worried that the China visit may sway some Opposition voters and fence-sitters.

“So they are planning for (former prime minister) Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to make a ‘guest appearance’ in parliament to distract Malaysians and divert attention away from the China visit.”

On the positive outcome of the six-day official visit which concluded yesterday, Salleh said: “China’s investments in Malaysia will create jobs and opportunities for all Malaysians and will offer the country a brighter future.”

Meanwhile, he said ministers needed to be reminded that when they took office and joined the Cabinet, they swore an oath of secrecy and confidentiality before the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

He said there was no expiry date to this oath, and the Official Secrets Act (OSA) would apply even when they left office.

“So the ‘trio’ who recently left office should be very careful about revealing what by law they should not reveal if they wish to avoid facing legal proceedings and not hide behind parliamentary immunity,” he said.

Former deputy prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, former rural and regional development minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal and former second finance minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah allegedly divulged government secrets while debating the 2017 Supply Bill in the Dewan Rakyat recently.- BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR – The Selangor state government is in disarray over whether to hold a snap state election earlier or otherwise, says Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak.

Salleh said Barisan Nasional (BN) was prepared to contest if the state government wanted to hold its election earlier.

“But what is important, they (DAP and PKR), could not agree on the issue,” he told reporters after opening KL Converge! 2016 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre here today.

Salleh said this when asked to comment on the Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali’s recent statement that the state government would not hold the election earlier despite a call by DAP.

On the redelineation of electoral boundaries of constituencies in the peninsula and Sabah which was seen as favouring BN, he said even BN component parties did not agree with the review.

“The Election Commission (EC) is an independent body…let them do their work (redelineation study). One month is provided for those who are unhappy with the exercise to submit their objections.

“Definitely the process of listening to complaints will be transparent and certainly all will be considered, at the end of the day we will see what will be the decision from Election Commission,” he said.

Commenting on the move by former UMNO vice-president Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal to take over a political party in Sabah to contest in the coming general election, Salleh said it would not threaten the position of UMNO in Sabah.

Today, Shafie visited the office of the Registrar of Societies (ROS) in Putrajaya to apply for a change to the name of a party and its logo, he however declined to name the party concerned.

According to the former cabinet minister, the multiracial political party was established in 2013. – BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has the absolute right to call for the next general election (GE), said Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak.

Salleh said the government instead was now focusing on addressing various issues relating to the rakyat before tabling the 2017 budget.

“It is Najib’s prerogative to decide when he wants to dissolve the parliament…our purpose as the government is not merely to call for elections,
but more to focus on serving the people,” he told reporters when met after opening the KL Converge! 2016 at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, here today.

He was commenting in the wake of a report by foreign media that had quoted an Umno division leader from a southern state, who asked not to be identified, as saying that the GE will be held in March next year.

Salleh who is also UMNO treasurer, said if the GE were to be held early, he was confident that the people would be supporting the ruling government.

“We (Barisan Nasional) are confident that the majority of the people are behind us. What they want is stability and continued progress with no interference from outsiders,” he said.

On the airing of the video on the entry of Indonesian illegal immigrants to Tawau, Sabah which became viral in the social media, Salleh said if it was true, appropriate action should be taken against the individual responsible.

The video which runs for 11 minutes was recorded by the foreign media to show how easy it was for illegal immigrants from Indonesia to enter Tawau.

Asked on the ‘interference’ by Wall Street Journal and the New York Times on the issue of funding for Permata, he said the move was an effort to tarnish the good name of the country.

“The foreign media have a specific agenda to destabilise our country,” he said. – BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR – Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak urged Malaysians to become active citizens to drive the country’s success.

He said every Malaysians should play their role in determining the direction the country is heading and not to merely rely on other people’s effort.

“We should not be ‘passengers’ in our own country, but to become active participants in determining the country’s direction, so that we get to enjoy the country’s wealth together,” he told reporters when met after the National Day parade at Dataran Merdeka here today.

He said they should also unite and to together defend the country, regardless of their race and religion, in the spirit of ‘Sehati Sejiwa’ (of One Heart, One Soul)

On today’s National Day celebration, Salleh, who is 2016 National Day and Malaysia Day celebration Main Committee chairman, said he is satisfied with how the event went and praised all quarters for their cooperation in making it a success.

“Alhamdulillah, we thank the security forces for ensuring the safe and peaceful condition,” he added.

He also praised the harmonious spirit displayed by the crowd at the event, saying that their presence proved that Malaysians loved their country and to together celebrate the historic day. – BERNAMA

PUTRAJAYA – Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad should respect the decision on the use of ‘Bangsa Johor’ and not meddle in Johor’s affairs, said Minister of Communications and Multimedia Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak.

“This is not a new thing. We must respect what has been decided. Issues such as these should not be blown up in Malaysia which comprises many races and states.

“It (the use of the term “Bangsa Johor”) does not split the people in the country, instead it can unite people of all races,” he told reporters at the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Enterprise Business Showcase event here today.

At the 20th Perdana Discourse Series titled “Federal-State Relations in Malaysia” yesterday, in response to a question on “Bangsa Johor” from a member of the audience, the former prime minister said the trend to stress on ‘state race” could disrupt unity among the people of Malaysia.

Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin today said the concept of Bangsa Johor was a unique identity which had long been a part of Johor and practised by its people as early as the 1920s when the late Sultan Ibrahim Abu Bakar introduced and used the term.

Meanwhile, Salleh advised the public not to participate in any unhealthy rallies at Dataran Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur.

“The police will take legal action on the organisers of these unhealthy rallies,” he said. – BERNAMA

KOTA KINABALU – Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak has been reappointed as Sabah State Farmers Organisation (PPNS) honorary president for 2016-2019.

Salleh’s reappointment was disclosed by PPNS chairman Datuk Mohd Nazri Abdullah at the organisation’s 29th annual general meeting here today.

He said Salleh was appointed based on his contributions and continuous support as well as high commitment in assisting PPNS.

Salleh who is also Usukan assemblyman had held the post since 1995.

Meanwhile, Mohd Nazri expressed his appreciation to Area Farmers Organisation members for their cooperation and support to PPNS.

He said such cooperation and support had enabled PPNS to move as a strong organisation and catalyst to rural economic development as well as improved the farmers’ socio-economy.

Mohd Nazri who is also National Farmers Organisation (Nafas) deputy chairman hoped the Budget 2017 to be tabled in October would give attention to the concerns and well-being of farmers in the country. – BERNAMA

KUALA BRANG – Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak said today UMNO leaders must adopt clear strategies and objectives for the people to continue to give their undivided support to the party’s struggle.

Salleh, who is also UMNO treasurer, said it was important to take care of the people’s feelings and ensure their economic well-being.

“We have to take care of their feelings. We cannot be arrogant, show off and be stingy about spending money on the people.

“When we become leaders, we must not be arrogant and ignore their requests. Do not ignore their ‘WhatsApp’ messages or telephone calls. Also, do not be a show-off. For instance, before becoming a leader, you only lived in a small house, but after becoming a leader, you build a huge one.

“Do not be stingy when it comes to helping the people. If you have RM1,500, spend RM1,000 and keep only RM500 for yourself. That should be the way. The people will not be angry if these small things are resolved by the leaders,” he said.

Salleh was opening the delegates meetings of the Hulu Terengganu UMNO Division youth, wanita and puteri wings here today.

Deputy Communications and Multimedia Minister and Terengganu Umno Liaison Committee deputy chairman Datuk Jailani Johari was among the 1,800 Hulu Terengganu UMNO representatives present.

Salleh also said that to win over the hearts and minds of the people, the government and leaders must create economic opportunities and jobs.

This was to ensure that the people continued to live a comfortable life, he added.

“Only when the people enjoy economic well-being can we leaders talk about their political future. Once all these have been resolved, it will not be a problem for the people to support us,” he said.

Salleh also advised UMNO members to work together as a team to consolidate the party and ensure its success in the next general election.

“All of us play an important role. We are like a football team. To win, we must move as one although our duties and roles may differ.

“If we have been assigned to be the goalkeeper, we should not act as a striker. This will create problems for the team. If there are members who are like this, we have to drop them because they will create problems and we can fail,” he said. – BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR: Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak has expressed full support for Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman’s statement on the Umno supreme council’s decision to sack Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir from the party for indiscipline.

Musa, who is also Sabah Umno liaison committee chairman, was quoted as saying over the weekend that the state Umno unanimously supported the move as well as endorsed the decision to suspend Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal for the same reason.

Salleh concurred with Musa’s assertion that members, especially leaders, have a responsibility to respect, to be disciplined, and to abide by the rules of the party.

“No one is above the party’s constitution. If a leader or a member goes against it then appropriate action must be taken for the good of the party,” Salleh said.

He was speaking to Bernama after attending a breaking-fast reception with Sabah students of tertiary education institutions and universities, organised by Sabah Foundation at Putra Word Trade Centre here last night. Musa was also present.

Commenting on the decision of Semporna Umno division vice-chief Datuk Dr Jaujan Sambakong, leaders of three wings and 300 branch chiefs to resign en bloc from the party on Monday, Salleh, who is also Sabah Umno liaison committee deputy chairman, urged party members to remain calm and not succumb to political propaganda by those out to destroy the party.

“Leaders come and go, but because of the loyalty of the members of Umno towards the party, Umno remains strong,” he said. – Bernama