SANDAKAN: Chief Minster Datuk Seri Musa Aman has urged the people living in rural areas to venture into agricultural activities to increase their source of income.
He said the State Government encouraged rural folks to grow fruits and vegetable, raise cattle and goat as well as rear caged fish.
“This is one way of gaining more income and it is something that people in the rural areas should engage more in,” he said when breaking fast with his supporters in his State constituency of Sungai Sibuga yesterday.
Musa, who is also the Sabab Umno chief and Libaran Umno divisional head, said he had asked the Ministry of Agriculture to provide assistance to those interested and guide them on better agricultural practices.
“The Government wants to help the people improve their livelihood. As such, the people should take advantage of the various agricultural programmes provided by the Government.” he said, adding this was one way to assist the people to increase their income and hence be more independent.
The Chief Minister said there were still many development projects in the pipeline for Sabah, including infrastructure projects such as roads and utility services.
He also said the people must put things into perspective and realize that the opposition could not bring development to the State.
“All they are able to do is to hurl unfounded allegations and make empty promises,” he said and also advised the people during the holy month of Ramadhan to be more charitable and help one another.
The Chief Minister who is making a two-day visit to Sandakan beginning yesterday, also visited several villages in the Libaran parliamentary constituency, including Sungai Sibuga to hand out aid to the orphans, the poor and less privileged people.
About 357 of the recipients from Kg Luboh, Kg Padas, Kg Sungai Manila, Kg Bahagia, Kg Sibait and Kg Sungai Daling received their assistance from the Chief Minister.
Other contributions were also provided by Sabah Tithes Centre, Baitumal of Sabah and Sabah Foundation. At all his stops, the Chief Minister also donated wall-clock to the respective mosques.
Among those who accompanied Musa during his visits were Libaran Member of Parliament Datuk Juslie Ajirol, Gum-Gum Assemblyman Datuk Zakaria Edris, Sabah Federal Development (JPPS) director Datuk Salleh Yaakub, Sabah Tithes Center director Mohd Zaratkhan Abdul Rahman, Sabah Baitumal general manager Baharuddin Abd Wahid, JASA director Datuk Yassin Amit, senior Sabah Foundation official Dr KarimSamsuri, Sandakan Municipal Council president Yeo Boon Hai and Sungai Sibuga people development leader Haji Basra Abdul Rahman