Sabah wants federal government to discuss policies before implementation

KOTA KINABALU (Bernama) — Sabah wants the federal government to discuss any policies to be introduced in the country, with the state government, especially those regarding education, said Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Christina Liew.

Commenting on the Education Ministry’s plan to introduce the element of calligraphy in schools starting next year, Liew said that plan should have been discussed with Sabah since the residents of the state were made up of various ethnicities and cultures.

“The Education Ministry has to give autonomy to Sabah to decide on any policy involving education as it would have an impact to the state.

“Let the Sabah Education (and Innovation) Ministry give their feedback,” she told reporters on the sidelines of the Sabah State Legislative Assembly yesterday.

The Ministry of Education recently said in a statement that the element, Introduction to Calligraphy, in the Year Four Bahasa Melayu subject would be implemented as planned next year to preserve the identity of the country and the Bahasa Melayu legacy.

Liew said that calligraphy should be offered as an option for students.

In another development, Liew who is also Sabah Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister said that Sabah wants 50 per cent of the departure levy which is to be collected beginning September 1, to be given to the state government to allow Sabah to build and upgrade the state’s tourism infrastructure.

The implementation of the levy is also hoped to be similar to the tourism tax, where 50 per cent of the proceeds are channelled back to the state, she said.