Penampang wins big at KKTP 'do'


KOTA KINABALU: The Penampang District Council (PDC) won big at the recent Ministry of Local Government and Housing (KKTP) appreciation luncheon held here.

It won the coveted Minister’s Challenge Trophy, beating 23 other local authorities (PBT) from all over the State including two Municipal Councils, a Town Board and 20 District Councils (DC).

On its way to becoming the overall champions, PDC also won the award for Highest Collection of Assessment Rates by a PBT, and was also among the runners-up in the Best ICT Management Award, the Most Innovative PBT Award, the Best Landscape Award, and the Cleanest PBT Award.

The first, second, third and fourth runners-up in the Overall Championship were the Keningau District Council, Tawau Municipal Council, and the Tenom and Beaufort District Councils.

Prizes were presented by Local Government and Housing Minister, Datuk Seri Hj Hajiji Hj Noor. PDC executive officer Tang Yang Ming received the challenge trophy from Hajiji.

Present were his assistant minister Datuk Dr Joachim Gunsalam, permanent secretary Datuk Ginun Yangus and his deputy Wong Foo Tin.

Meanwhile, the Tawau Municipal Council won the Best ICT Management Award and the Cleanliness Award. The Tambunan District Council won the Most Innovative Award while the Tenom District Council the Landscape Award.

The Nabawan District Council, despite being in a remote area, won two financial management awards – the first PBT to forward their financial statements for 2016 to the Ministry and the first PBT to receive certification from the Audit Department. This is not the first time the ‘rural’ council received the awards.

Meanwhile, five KKTP staff received the Excellent Service Award (APC). They were Dr Gabriel Chong, Adele Vanessa Wong, Hanidah Abin, Ann Peter Paut and Robin Roy Guntala.

Farah Zatul Datuk Dandan and Syed Shahridzan Sh. Sihan received the Model Employee award while Fidelia Wong and Jangol Sekul won the Versatile Employee award.

The former Administration Head of the ministry, Datin Esther Lee and few others who retired recently were given the “Jasamu Dikenang” recognition. The rest were Hjh Jainah Markum, Jupri Marjam, Rose Lee Molly, Aspar Matusin. For Esther, the icing on the cake was she was also given the Minister’s Special Award for the Most Dedicated Staff. That award is normally given to staff of the minister’s office. She was the first staff from outside the minister’s office to receive the award.

Five staff of the Ministry who have been transferred were also recognised. They were Hadzlan Jablee, Sarinah Said, Isma Syafry, Mary Jennifer Mosipil and Lakinah Tangkoko.

Also present were Sabah Native Affairs Council chairman Datuk Hj Mohammad Hj Alamin, Sabah Housing Tribunal president Datuk Josie Bosi, Sabah Housing and Town Development Authority (LPPB) general manager George Liew and Sabah Native Affairs Department Director Yusof Ag Ali.

By :
New Sabah Times