14th June, 2012
Musa congratulating the students after presenting the scholarship
KOTA KINABALU: Datuk Seri Musa Haji Aman has urged students not to get involved with subservise elements or in unhealthy activities.
This, he said, will only bring about chaos and instability in the country.
The Chief Minister said holding demonstrations is not the people’s culture and that it would only jeopardise peace, harmony and the economy.
Musa said this at the presentation of State Scholarship Awards here yesterday. Some 25 students who excelled in their SPM last year received the scholarship, provided by Yayasan Sabah, from the Chief Minister.
He added that the government was committed to producing quality human capital.
And, to achieve this, huge allocation was provided to develop educational infrastructure such as the Sandakan Education Hub to place various higher institutes of learning as well as skills training centres to provide quality education opportunity for the young generation.
“Our focus is not only on physical development but also the quality of education,” he said.
The government, he added, was constantly making more efforts to ensure more people could further their studies.
Musa who is also Finance Minister said the efforts included the provision of incentives in the form of scholarships and loans for students.
“As a responsible and caring government, we are aware that with good educaion, we can improve the quality of life of the pople,” the Chief Minister added.
Musa expressed the hope that the scholarship awards would further motivate students to study hard and do well.
“Appreciate and make full use of the scholarship,” he urged.
Musa said it was the hope of the government and families to see students excelling in education.
“The challenges are different when you have entered university,” he added.
And, he also hoped that the scholarship recipients would set an example for other students to follow.
Meanwhile, he said one of the objectives of Yayasan Sabah was to provide education for all regardless of their backgrounds.
“The halatuju of Yayasan Sabah is noble…it endeavours to send many students for further education either at local or overseas universities every year,” he said, calling on parents to support and ensure their children would get the best education because they are the nation’s assets.
Musa also said the proposal to upgrade the Yayasan Sabah College into a university college had been sent to the Ministry of Higher Education for approval.
The construction of the university college had started at a site in Sembulan here and once completed, it could accommodate a large number of local students.
Also present yesterday were State Assembly Speaker Datuk Salleh Tun Said, Deputy Chief Minister, Datuk Dr Yee Moh Chai, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment, Datuk Masidi Manjun, Minister in the Chief Minister’s department, Datuk Nasir Tun Sakaran, Assistant Minister of Community Development and Consumer Affairs, Datuk Herbert Timbun Lagadan, Deputy State Secretary, Datuk Maznah Ghani, Yayasan Sabah director, Tan Sri Datu Khalil Datu Jamalul, heads of department and the students’ parents.