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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

What is most important now is to accept the Senator Mohd Imran's sincere apology and move on.



What is most important now is to accept the Senator's sincere apology and move on.




It is quite difficult in Malaysian politics to find anyone apologizing for saying or making a mistake on a sensitive issue raised.

We need to appreciate PKR Senator Mohd Imran Abd Hamid for making a public apology over a "anti-seduction" law idea at the Dewan Negara yesterday.

Members of Parliament (Dewan Rakyat or Dewan Negara) must be briefed not to touch on sensitive issues.

There are more urgent pressing issue at hand like finding ways to reduce the hike of prices of essential goods that is a burden to the entire rakyat.

A worthwhile read on where we are heading -  

The PH Government (courtesy of Ex- MP Mohd. Ariff Sabri bin Abdul Aziz).- Mohd. Kamal Abdullah

ALL EYES ON UPCOMING BUDGET 2020: SPENDING OTHER PEOPLE’S MONEY

THE Federal Budget is like our monthly family budget: nothing comes for free, we should spend less than we earn, and we must make good spending decisions.
There’s only one huge difference: the Federal Budget has six to seven more zeroes than our family budget.
That Budget is a crucial part of our democracy and social contract. It determines where, when, how and who receives what public goods and services; reflects government priorities and ideologies; and allows us to hold the government accountable for its promises (including any future debt that our children will inherit).
Therefore, a good budget has a clear idea of the size and role of government, balances sources and uses of funds in a disciplined way, and promotes social justice.

Just like our families, the government shouldn’t spend more than it earns – if it has to borrow money today, then it must consider the interest rate tomorrow.
Just like families with more than one person, Budgets are politically sensitive and logistically difficult, with everyone always clamouring for more allocations and thinking, “My ministry is more important than yours”.
It’s easy to ask the government to pay for everything, but that’s impossible. Health and healthcare in particular are expensive.
It’s also easy for us to be armchair critics of any Budget and opinions will always differ, except one: We all believe that we must always spend more money, especially for the Health Ministry.
Unfortunately, everyone wants to spend, but no one wants to pay. More money is also a bad solution if you waste all of it.
How much is enough?
Currently, Malaysia spends 4.5% of our GDP (gross domestic product) on health – 52% from general taxation, 39% out-of-pocket payments, and 9% voluntary insurance.
The OECD average is 9% of GDP – 36% from general taxation, 36% compulsory insurance, 20% out-of-pocket payments, and 6% voluntary insurance.
In 2019, our government allocated 9.1% (PDF) of our total government expenditure to health. The other 90.9% pays for schools, roads, rural electrification, the police and fire departments, debt interest payments (approximately RM33bil, or 10.5% of total government expenditure), and other public goods.
That 9.1% is a historical high, with health receiving only 4.8% to 6.7% of total government expenditure from 1997-2015 (PDF).
The RM28.7bil allocation in 2019 is also a historical high, from RM3.8bil in 1997.
Of course, the population has grown bigger, older and sicker, but the health allocations have also grown bigger in absolute and relative terms.
And of course, it’s always possible (desirable?) to spend more and more. Although Malaysia is “under-spending”, our health outcomes are generally excellent value for money.
In an ideal world, Malaysia can (must?) still spend more on health (from 4.5% to 9% of GDP?), and the government can allocate more to health (from 9.1% to 15% or 20% of total government expenditure?).
The bracketed questions above indicate that these are not straightforward decisions. Each question represents large and endless debates surrounding our political choices and social contract.
They are uncomfortable questions of how much spending is enough and who will pay for it.
Any increase in health spending will require trade-offs: higher taxes, more debt, compromising other public goods, or higher government clinic and hospital fees than the current RM1 and RM5 (unchanged since 1982).
Many of the same proponents of increased health spending may baulk at these trade-offs, even after we achieve a system with no waste or corruption.
The real question is: given that healthcare needs are infinite and society’s ability and willingness to pay is finite, what trade-offs are we willing to accept?
Better health with less money
It’s true that the health system is under-funded, and more money is needed. However, we must be realistic and accept that money is only one part of the solution.
Other parts of the solution are a multi-year reform of the Health Ministry (MOH) organisational structure, transforming primary care, enhancing public-private partnerships, and moving towards financial risk-pooling and cross-subsidies.
The end objective should always be improving health outcomes, not just increasing the budgetary allocation.
Merely increasing funding without these other solutions is like throwing money into a black hole without guaranteeing better health outcomes. It will magnify the inefficiencies built into the current MOH structure.
Indeed, a large increase in allocation may test the capacity of MOH to absorb the surge, with no guarantee of effective and impactful use.
This challenge of “absorptive capacity” applies to everyone, not just MOH.
Imagine suddenly giving your teenager a much larger monthly allowance, or your subordinates a much larger marketing budget. Those are bad ideas because it’s likely that the money will be wasted.
It’s really only one part of the basket-of-solutions to improve health outcomes, which is the end objective.
Having said that, we do need more money for our health system, but to spend in specific areas that are under-resourced.
In other words, we should focus on targeted increases, instead of only on an across-the-board increase, thinking that the problem will be magically solved.
As a master example to support targeted increases, Budget 2020 should specifically and meaningfully increase MOH operating and capital expenditure (e.g. services, medicines, building hospitals).
Focusing solely on an increase in total allocation alone could be misleading because of the salary component.
Salaries for MOH staff comprise 56% of the ministry’s total allocation (PDF), leaving only 44% for operating and capital expenses.
Now, one may think that the 56% figure is too high, and we must trim the civil service and increase efficiency.
On the other hand, hospitals are over-crowded and under-staffed, good salaries are needed to retain doctors and nurses, and these salaries reduce inequality by creating a middle class.
Next week, I will propose a realistic and predictable mechanism for generous MOH allocations that gradually increase based on government tax revenue.
This mechanism will consider more money as one solution in a basket-of-solutions to improve our health system, as well as set the stage for a discussion on stewardship, and six specific areas of targeted increases.
Dr Khor Swee Kheng
– ANN

WHO IS THE UNNAMED PAKATAN MINISTER BACKSTABBING GUAN ENG ON HIGHWAYS TAKEOVER? A BERSATU OR PKR MAN? ‘FULL REVIEW’ REPORT IS FALSE – BUYOUT SUBJECT ONLY TO FINAL CABINET APPROVAL, SAYS SOURCE

A WORKING paper is being prepared on the proposed takeover of four tolled highways by the government, which will then be submitted to the cabinet for final approval, said a government source.
The source told The Malaysian Insight that the green light would have to be given by the cabinet to conclude the deal.
“The takeover deal is subject to final cabinet approval, as mentioned in the offer to the highway concessionaires, Finance Minister (Lim Guan Eng’s) statement and reply in Parliament.”
The Malaysian Insight understands that the Finance Ministry had no knowledge on an alleged pause on the deal, as reported by Singapore’s Straits Times earlier today.
In its report, The Straits Times quoted an unnamed minister as saying that the takeover of the four expressway concessionaires from Gamuda Bhd had been put on hold due to internal disagreement over the Finance Ministry-led proposal.
The minister reportedly told the Singapore paper that “the whole matter is on hold pending a full review”.
The Minister of Finance Inc (MoF Inc) had offered to acquire Gamuda’s 70% stake in its subsidiary Kesas Holdings Bhd, Gamuda’s 52% stake in its associate company, Sistem Penyuraian Trafik KL Barat Holdings Sdn Bhd (Sprint), and Gamuda’s 50% stake in the joint venture Project Smart Holdings Sdn Bhd (SMART).
It had also offered to acquire Lingkaran Trans Kota Holdings Bhd (Litrak), in which Gamuda holds a 44% stake.
The buyout would cost the government RM6.2 billion.
Although the proposal has been accepted by the highway concessionaires, it is still subject to cabinet approval.
Lim had previously said the cabinet had given its in-principle approval on February 27, while Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad approved the conditional offer on June 20.
However, the deal is still subject to a final approval by the cabinet.
– https://www.themalaysianinsight.com

Sorry not good enough, Sabah PKR women’s chief tells senator

Sabah PKR women’s chief Rahimah Majid. (Facebook pic)
KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah PKR women’s wing has called for the replacement of the senator who mooted an anti-seduction law to protect men despite his apology and retraction earlier today.
Women’s chief Rahimah Majid urged the party leadership to seriously consider replacing Mohd Imran Abd Rahim, saying it is both appropriate and necessary to deal with him following his remarks.
The PKR central leadership council member also said this was not the first time that Imran, a retired navy officer and former Lumut MP, had made such proposals.
“We need to send out a clear message, and must be seen as very firm in our stand,” she said when contacted.
She added that Imran’s suggestion had tarnished Malaysia’s reputation as well as the image of the party.
Earlier today, Imran apologised and retracted his proposal made in the Dewan Negara yesterday.
“My intentions were sincere, so I did not think it would be seen as a big mistake that could offend women as well as men who consider it an insult,” he said in a statement.
However, Rahimah said Imran had made a similar remark against women in the Dewan Rakyat four years ago.
She said PKR, as a responsible political party and a component of the ruling government, should set a good example.
“In this case, replace the senator with someone who is more capable and of sound mind.”
Otherwise, she said, PKR risked losing its integrity and reputation among the people.- FMT

Home ministry urged to reconsider disbanding Sarawak citizenship committee

KUCHING: The Sarawak Women for Women Society has urged the home ministry to reconsider disbanding the Sarawak Special Committee on Citizenship.
Its president, Margaret Bedus, said the committee had proven effective in handling citizenship application cases more quickly and with respect to native and state sensitivities.
She also spoke of the need for transparency in standard operating procedures, and for key resource people at both federal and state levels to be identifiable to those tracking their applications. She also said procedures and decisions must be efficiently communicated, especially to those living in remote areas.
“This will require better access to government services, including a more effective, systematic outreach to semi-urban and rural areas; sensitivity training to the front-liners handling registration matters; and better collaboration between services,” she said in a statement.
Margaret said Sarawak needs to be treated differently from states in the peninsula due to the complexities arising from a dispersed and diverse population.
The decision to discontinue the committee and to have all cases in Sarawak referred to or submitted to the ministry for coordination purposes was conveyed by home ministry secretary-general Alwi Ibrahim on July 22. - FMT

Company retracts memo banning prayer during office hours

PETALING JAYA: A company in Klang has retracted a memo barring its Muslim staff from performing prayers during office hours.
Plastic bag manufacturer Hond Tat Industries Sdn Bhd said there was a misunderstanding over the memo dated July 30.
“All the workers were angry,” a spokesman for the company told FMT.
She said the memo had yet to be posted on the company’s whiteboard.
The memo which was written in English and Malay reads:
“The management would like to inform all employees are advised that they are not allowed to prayer during working hours except lunch time only.
“With immediate effect if found to be in violation of the order, a fine of RM500.00 (Ringgit Malaysia: Five Hundred Only) shall be imposed for each offence.” (Passages have not been edited.)
The company had reportedly denied issuing the memo.
“This is an act of sabotage. There is no signature on the memo and no approval by the top management. Anyone can take the letterhead and print it,” an operations manager told The News Straits Times, adding that a police report would be lodged by the company.
Meanwhile, Kapar Umno Youth chief Muhammad Noor Azman Noor Hizam warned of “firm and appropriate action” if the memo was found to be genuine. - FMT

Jho Low tried to woo AmBank staff into working for SRC, court told

Former AmBank relationship manager Joanna Yu Ging Ping at the High Court in Kuala Lumpur.
KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court in Najib Razak’s corruption trial heard today that fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho made an unsuccessful attempt to woo several AmBank staff to work for SRC International Sdn Bhd for monthly salaries of up to RM60,000.
Former AmBank relationship manager Joanna Yu Ging Ping said Low, popularly known as Jho Low, made the offer while scouting for a chief financial officer (CFO) for SRC International.
“He offered a salary of up to RM60,000 but we did not take up the offer,” she said when cross-examined by defence counsel Harvinderjit Singh.
The lawyer had been referring to a record of chats via Blackberry Messenger which she had had with Jho Low over SRC International affairs.
He was attempting to show the court that although Nik Faisal Ariff Kamil was CEO of SRC International, Jho Low had played the dominant role in the government-linked company in relation to its accounts with AmBank.
In the chat with Yu, Jho Low said he was looking for a CFO for SRC International and asked if he could recruit her subordinate Daniel Lee for the position.
Yu told the court that Jho Low had also offered job opportunities to others in her team.
Apart from Yu and Lee, an individual by the name of Kristal Yap had also handled the accounts of Najib and SRC International.
Yu, the 54th prosecution witness, has been in the witness stand for six days.
The defence is attempting to demonstrate that Yu, Lee and Yap worked with Jho Low to manipulate the accounts of Najib and SRC International without their knowledge.
The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission is still searching for Nik Faisal and Jho Low as part of its probe into the former 1MDB unit.
Najib is facing six charges of money laundering and criminal breach of trust in the transfer of RM42 million to his account from SRC International.
He is also accused of abusing his power as prime minister by giving government guarantees on SRC International’s RM4 billion loan from Retirement Fund Inc (KWAP).
He was charged with committing the offences at AmIslamic Bank Bhd on Jalan Raja Chulan and the Prime Minister’s Office in Putrajaya between Aug 17, 2011, and Feb 10, 2015.
The prosecution’s case is that RM123 million from SRC International’s account, comprising a portion of the RM4 billion loan from KWAP, was first deposited into Gandingan Mentari Sdn Bhd.
Gandingan Mentari then sent the same amount of money to Ihsan Perdana Sdn Bhd, with RM42 million finally deposited into Najib’s private current account with AmBank between Dec 24, 2014 and Feb 6, 2015.
The hearing continues before judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali. - FMT

High Court says no jurisdiction over wakaf matters

Abdul Cauder descendant Muhamad Amin Abdul Rahman (left) with his lawyer Ku Abdul Rahman Ku Ismail.
GEORGE TOWN: The High Court today ruled that a piece of wakaf land in Butterworth being claimed by a family is rightfully held by the Islamic authorities.
Judicial commissioner Amarjeet Singh said the Wakaf Abdul Cauder matter is also off-limits to the civil courts and should go to the shariah courts as per an earlier Federal Court ruling.
“Civil courts have no jurisdiction in wakaf matters,” he said.
The decision concerned an originating summons brought by Muhamad Amin Abdul Rahman, who had sued the Penang Islamic Religious Council and two others, claiming the council’s takeover of his family land was illegal.
Amin is a descendent of the Abdul Cauder family, which owned the 1.09ha plot of land in Jalan Mengkuang, Butterworth, now known as Wakaf Abdul Cauder.
He had sought a court declaration that he is the rightful heir to the property, according to the will of his grandmother Kavana Ebrahim @ Burong.
The land was originally owned by Kavana’s husband, Abdul Cauder.
Amin said this was in line with Kavana’s deed of trust dated Aug 17, 1892, in which her descendants were to be made trustees of the land.
Kavana’s will states that the land is to be given for wakaf purposes “so long as she lives”.
But Amin said following her death, the land could no longer be allotted for wakaf and should be handed to the trustees or heirs since the 1892 deed falls under the Trustee Act 1949.
In his decision today, Amarjeet said the family had lost ownership of the land to the Muslim endowment authorities as early as 1919, by virtue of it being held by the Mohamedan and Hindu Endowments Board (MEHB) at the time.
MEHB is now known as the Hindu Endowments Board. Muslim endowments have been administered by state Islamic authorities since independence.
Amarjeet also allowed RM5,000 in costs despite the initial request by the defence team comprising lawyers Mohamad Aslam Mohamad Mydin and Ayu Rohaiza Khazali for RM40,000.
Amin’s lawyer Ku Abdul Rahman Ku Ismail told reporters outside the court that they would pursue an appeal and file a fresh case at the shariah court.
Amin meanwhile said he would remain strong and voiced hope that the appellate court would look into the will left by his grandmother. - FMT

I’m not staying full term unless forced to, says Dr M

Dr Mahathir Mohamad says he does not plan to stay on as prime minister unless he is ‘pushed to a corner’.
PUTRAJAYA: Dr Mahathir Mohamad today dismissed the recent calls for him to stay on as prime minister until the end of the five-year mandate for Pakatan Harapan (PH).
He said he would keep his promise to resign from the top post once the country is “on an even keel” and can “carry on from there”.
“It can be two years, maybe three years. I do not know but we are working on that.
“Unless they push me to a corner and put a gun to my head to continue to finish my term, I will step down,” he told reporters after officiating a roundtable discussion on the workforce here.
Under a deal struck by the PH leadership, PKR president Anwar Ibrahim will succeed Mahathir as prime minister.
No time frame has been set for the transfer of power, but Mahathir has repeatedly said he does not want to stay for more than two or three years.
On Monday, PKR deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali backed a call by PAS and Umno for Mahathir to remain as prime minister until the end of the five-year term.
Mahathir said Azmin’s call for him to stay on was the personal view of the economic affairs minister, adding however that he had given an undertaking.
He also played down a report by The Star that he had met with a group of opposition politicians on Tuesday who had pledged their support for him to complete a full term.
The paper had quoted sources as saying that the group comprised members of the new Umno-PAS pact and Gabungan Parti Sarawak.
Mahathir acknowledged that the meeting had taken place but said that he meets with everyone, not just opposition politicians.
“PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang has been saying all this while that he supports me. That is nothing new,” he added.
However, he refused to identify the politicians, saying only that they had come from different parties.
The prime minister also confirmed news that the proposal to acquire four highway toll concessionaires for RM6.2 billion had been put on hold.
He said the finance ministry appeared confident that the takeover could be done.
“Our problem is that we don’t have the money. But the finance ministry says by charging during peak hours, it can raise enough funds to pay for the acquisition of these four highways.
“We will have to see if that will be enough,” he said when asked to respond to a report by Singapore’s Strait Times that the takeover had been put on hold for a “re-examination of the offered price”.
Mahathir added that while the finance ministry had informed the Cabinet about the plan, the date of implementation would be decided by the Cabinet.
Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng recently said the Cabinet had agreed in principle to buying Gamuda Bhd’s stake in four Klang Valley highways. However, Mahathir later said no decision had been made.
On a separate issue, Mahathir said Putrajaya is still waiting for a plan by Lynas Corp on how the rare earth producer plans to deal with its waste.
He said this is one of the conditions set for Lynas by the government.
“We are waiting for them to tell us how they will do that, whether they can find a place to deposit the waste or not.”
He was responding to a report, also by the Straits Times, which claimed that Putrajaya would likely withdraw a demand for Lynas to export half a million tonnes of radioactive waste as a condition for licence renewal. - FMT

How RM46b can transform Penang into a Silk Road Gateway


We should look for alternative financing for the Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP) through the “One Belt, One Road” initiative with China. Isn’t it more workable and beneficial to both countries? With RM46 billion, our Penang port could have been upgraded into a Silk Road Gateway.
Bottom line is, the effects of the Penang South Reclamation (PSR) on Penang or Malaysia’s economy may not be as significant compared to the Silk Road gateway, as the Silk Road gateway may significantly boost the Bayan Lepas Free Trade Zone.
Are there any other better alternative financial options for the Penang state government instead of borrowing RM1 billion loan to kickstart PSR?

After PSR’s kickstart, developers still need to reclaim the new islands, then sell the products on top of the islands, to recover their reclamation and development costs, then continue to contribute from their development revenue to build a new transportation system such as the Light Rail Transit (LRT) for the people.
If the property market continues to soften and experience an oversupply for years, then what will the actual duration of the construction of the LRT be? Will the delivery date be postponed?
Are there any other better options for the LRT to be delivered to the people?
As the Penang government utilises huge financing for the PSR and PTMP project, appropriate risk assessments and risk management steps should be taken, as a precautionary measure to market economy conditions in coming years.
And on top of this, we should explore further to see if there any other better main economy-boosting factors and catalysts that can be the focus and implemented by the Penang government, that can give instant real benefits to the state’s present economy?
For example, Penang has always been well-known as a semiconductor hub and technology industrial hub in Malaysia and Southeast Asia.
Perhaps we could leverage on this branding and unique value that we already have? We could invest more money, time and resources to boost up and secure more foreign investment to our state and this will increase our state’s gross domestic product (GDP), and create more job opportunities here at the same time.
This will fundamentally attract and increase more competent and high-income level population to work and stay in Penang. When we see an actual increase of the income level of Penang residents, many will choose to stay back instead of moving away and this will in turn bring real economic effects to Penang.
I believe that if the Penang state government invests in forming a well-strategised “Securing Foreign Investments” team, and organise it in a manner that is driven by key performance indicators, this action and investment will bring a viable and incremental positive impact to Penang’s economy, within a feasible and shorter duration.
Infrastructure and real estate developments are always good for the state and country. However, we should also take more alternatives and considerations on the feasibility and risk management part of the development, in order to deliver securely what we have promised to the people in a better way.

MAH KONG LIP is communications director for Bukit Bendera PKR division. - Mkini

'Family trees planting' can attract S'porean tourists to Sarawak



During the Sarawak Forest Landscape Restoration Programme launch at Sabal Agroforestry Centre last month, Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg disclosed that a Sarawak Research Council had been set up to involve locals in tree planting for income.
He said logged forests could be replanted with rapidly growing trees such as raminengkabang and bamboo, and landowners could plant kepayang, which can start generating income in six years, and not depend solely on oil palms.
The chief minister declared belian, or ironwood, as Sarawak’s heritage tree, and rightly so.
The Bornean ironwood is one of the hardest and most durable timbers in the world because it grows very slowly. By the time it reaches 50m, it may be more than 1,000 years old and reached heights of 62.5m. Declaring belian as a heritage tree under conservation can help ensure this species does not go extinct.
On June 20, Abang Johari officiated the soft opening of Sarawak Trade and Tourism Office in Singapore (Statos). The Sarawak government is targeting a 30 percent increase in the state’s export to Singapore between 2019 and 2020.
One of these exports is tourism, as foreign exchange is earned when Singaporeans visit Sarawak and spend tourist dollar.
The Medical Tourism Coordination Committee, under the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports, should make full use of Statos to induce Singaporeans to seek medical treatment in Sarawak.
Apart from medical tourism, Sarawak can also offer several unique selling propositions (USP) to Singaporeans. The size of the state is more than 172 times larger than the island nation but with less than half the population.
Sarawak has an abundance of natural attractions that Singaporeans can only dream of. One USP is inviting Singaporeans to plant family trees in Sarawak.
Instead of limiting to drawings on paper or in digital format, Singaporeans can have their family
tree carved on concrete blocks in Sarawak and planting a tree behind each block, which can be a fast-growing ramin or engkabang, with bamboo added for aesthetics.
The concrete blocks and trees can be planted on large pieces of land owned by villagers and they can be paid for looking after them by sending regular updates to show the condition of the family tree in concrete and growth of the planted tree.
This would induce Singaporeans with family trees in Sarawak to revisit the state regularly, either to add the name of a new offspring on the concrete block or to hug the family tree.
They would develop a sense of belonging in such family gathering, and not just another transient visitor.
Instead of concrete blocks, Singaporeans may prefer to pay for metal pieces, but they must be firmly fastened to the ground as those easily removable could be carted away and sold to scrap iron dealers.
If there are giant boulders, it would allow the lucky few to virtually carve their family tree in stone for eternity.
But it won’t be long for entrepreneurs, both Sarawakians and Singaporeans, to scout for large pieces of scenic land to offer such family tree planting facility. In the past, many have made fortunes from similar tracts of rolling hills by converting them into modern Chinese cemeteries.
Also, it is easy to publicise such ventures. If the land has a river or stream running through it, the owner could upload a video and announce to the world he has just planted a tree along a riverbank that would eventually grow to be two kilometres wide.
This could be achieved by planting a banyan tree, as their roots also grow down from the branches. Once these aerial roots reach the ground, they would grow rapidly from nutrients found in the soil and eventually become another tree trunk.
With hundreds of aerial roots growing into the size of tree trunks, old banyan trees will continue to survive much longer than younger trees of other species. 
On the other hand, ironwood may be cut down overnight as it is worth a fortune, like infected agarwood that fetches incredible prices.
Apart from family trees, Singaporeans can also be invited to plant organic vegetables. Villagers could prepare vegetable beds on unused lands for visitors to plant their preferred vegetables, and look after them for a fee and Singaporeans could track their growth via WhatsApp.
When they are ready for harvest, Singaporeans have several options. Return to Sarawak and feast on the organic vegetables or nominate others the opportunity, such as suggesting friends or relatives visit Sarawak to enjoy the great taste of vegetables freshly plucked from the beds.
If a large number of organic vegetables were planted, it would encourage a group to visit. But if one is too busy, the vegetables could be donated to charity or pay it forward by allowing those who are there to plant seedlings to consume ready for harvest vegetables.
The vegetables could be cooked in one of the villagers’ home and consumed together with other local delicacies or brought to restaurants where chefs are capable of cooking ordinary vegetables into gourmet dishes.
But unlike normal pay it forwards by unknown donors and beneficiaries, villagers would be able to connect planters and recipients to make such arrangements even more meaningful.
In time, someone would develop an app connecting participating villagers and visitors to Sarawak. 
Statos must attempt to send a strong and clear message to all Singaporeans: Visit Sarawak to plant a family tree or grow your organic vegetables or set up a manufacturing plant.
And Sarawak has all the land they need for whatever plants they choose.
If this message is planted in Singaporean minds, Sarawak can expect a surge of tourists from the island nation with more than twice the population of the biggest state in Malaysia.
They will find Sarawak an idyllic sanctuary for retreat, away from hustle and bustle of Singapore. - Mkini