KUCHING, Oct 24: The Kuching Chinese General Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCGCCI) urged Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg to reduce red tape to increase efficiency in local government departments and agencies.
Its president Tan Jit Kee made the request in his speech during the 67th KCGCCI Committee and Third Youth Section Installation Ceremony at a hotel here last night.
“On government administrative matters, our chamber hopes that the current operation procedure can be simplified and made efficient for the users in order to match our CM’s roadmap.
“Currently some of the departments and some councils are still lacking efficiency. For example, it takes years for the Land and Survey Department to issue new land titles.
“These local government departments and agencies still practise conventional ways which consume a lot of time and resources. This is against the CM’s ideology and we hope to see changes soon,” Tan said.
He also took the opportunity to urge the chief minister to continue to support Chinese education by continuing the late Pehin Sri Adenan Satem’s policies and even increase the financial allocation for these schools.
“We hope YAB Chief Minister can continue the spirit of our late Chief Minister (Pehin Sri) Adenan Satem (in his policy) to support the 14 Chinese independent secondary schools financially next year and if possible with incremental support,” said Tan.
He added KCGCCI would play its part by donating RM50,000 to improve the facilities at Chung Hua Primary School No. 2.
With a history of 127 years, KCGCCI is the oldest Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Malaysia.
As its new president, Tan said KCGCCI acts as a bridge for information exchange between government agencies and the private commercial domain.
He said the core purposes of the chamber, amongst others, are disseminating information and explaining the implementation and implications of new government policies to its members; collecting feedback from markets and its members and channelling it to relevant government agencies as well as resolving problems faced by members.
On economic growth, he said Sarawak’s third quarter economic growth was around 4 per cent, mainly due to the slowdown of the international economy.
“However, the inflow of foreign investment for the first nine months of the year has increased to RM8.4 billion from RM4.7 billion last year. (It has) almost grown twice as much.
“The spillover from foreign investment will benefit the local economy, creating more job opportunities and also enhancing future economic growth,” he said. — DayakDaily