Nanta proud to have contributed to nation, Sarawak’s progress during stint as minister

Dato Sri Alexander Nanta Linggi — file pic

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By Lian Cheng

KUCHING, Aug 16: Outgoing Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) Minister Dato Sri Alexander Nanta Linggi is proud that apart from implementing effective national initiatives, he also contributed in facilitating the exemption of Sarawakian LPG wholesalers and retailers from permit and licence applications.

As a Sarawakian MP from the rural Kapit constituency, Nanta also stated that he took pride in resolving the State Sales Tax issue between the Sarawak government and Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) as well as his effort to assist Sarawak Economic Development Corporation to become an oil industry player.

“I am proud that to some extent I was able to help Sarawak obtain the LPG regulatory exemption in the State, get permission for SEDC (Sarawak Economic Development Corporation) Energy Sdn Bhd to become an oil company in Sarawak and assist in resolving the petroleum sales tax issue involving Sarawak and Petroliam Nasional Berhad,” said Nanta.

All these successful initiatives, he said, had significant impact on Sarawak.

Nanta also named several national initiatives such as the “Open Door” and “Easing Businesses” initiatives that had successfully linked the business community to the ministry as channels of communication were built.

He expressed his appreciation for the cooperation given by all industry players in the trade and retail sector “who often provided constructive feedback to help the Ministry find a way to (sic) various issues”.

“The Open Door policy that I often emphasised had given an opportunity to many parties to give their opinions to help revive the country’s economy.

“Not to be missed is the concept of ‘ease of doing business’ which I often reminded all officers so that this ministry can function to the maximum to facilitate (support for) traders and consumers. Such involvement and openness personally also gave me new knowledge about the ins and outs of the country’s domestic trade, distribution and retail industry,” said Nanta in a farewell statement following the resignation of all cabinet ministers, including Nanta.

In the statement, he also recorded his appreciation to outgoing Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (who was later appointed by the King as interim prime minister), Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg and top officers and all staff of KPDNHEP.

The Federal Cabinet resigned today after Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin tendered his resignation after the latter lost majority support in Parliament.

Muhyiddin’s administration which was formed after the fall of the Pakatan Harapan government was in power for 17 months. — DayakDaily