KOTA KINABALU: The Barisan Nasional government needs a strong mandate from the people of Sabah to ensure a continuance of the country's defence and security agenda.

Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said the ministry also needed undivided support from army personnel so the planned agenda could be implemented smoothly.

"We need a mandate and a big one from Sabahans and our (security forces) personnel so our agenda to ensure Sabah is safe can be continued and the rakyat's welfare is at a level we can be proud of," he told reporters at the Perkasa Perwira Tour programme and a gathering with navy personnel at Sepanggar Naval Base here, today.


Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein (second from left) at the gathering with navy personnel at Sepanggar Naval Base, Sabah today. Pix by Malai Rosmah Tuah

Hishammuddin said the commitment of the armed forces in safeguarding Sabah as well as the efforts shown by central and state leaders could not be questioned.

At the event, Hishammuddin also launched a Petronas petrol kiosk at the navy base and visited the damaged Kampung Gentisan bridge, which had affected the route to the Sepanggar navy.

He also announced a development project to construct 1,700 new housing units for navy personnel, in which the construction was proposed at Kampung Laya-Laya in Tuaran.

He also said a school and a hospital for the armed forces at Sepanggar were among 38 schools and five hospitals within military compounds across the country to be upgraded.

Hishammuddin also announced a RM5 million allocation for navy housing maintainence with the cooperation of Minister in the Prime Minister Department Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan, who is in charge of the Economic Planning Unit.

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(File pix) The Barisan Nasional government needs a strong mandate from the people of Sabah to ensure a continuance of the country's defence and security agenda. Pix by Asyraf Hamzah

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