20th May, 2009 KOTA KINABALU: All cabinet ministers share the same approach and responsibility towards eradicating hardcore poverty in the state, said Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Seri Joseph Pairin Kitingan.
The newly appointed Minister of Infrastructure Development disclosed this in the handing over of duty to the new Minister of Rural Development, Datuk Ewon Ebin yesterday.
He said in the new working environment, the minister would be working closely with the district officers and their assistants, and also with officers from local authorities who are the group of people who knew much about the situation in the rural areas.
“I believe and am confident that Datuk Ewon knows what to do best and will work hard to achieve the objective of his new ministry. He hails from the rural area and for sure he has all the ideas on what to do in these areas.
“By going down to the field to meet the district officers, he will be briefed what is going on and will be able to plan suitable poverty eradication programmes. I also hope that the existing programmes will be continuously implemented as they have been approved by the government,” Pairin said.
Ewon said: “When it comes to thinking about the role that every minister has to play for the good of the people, I accept the responsibility with an open heart and with determination.”
He pledged to go on with the programmes that had been laid down by his predecessor and would also be open to take up new measures based on urgency.
Also present were permanent secretary Datuk Ghulam Jelani and political secretary Japirin Sahadi.