KOTA KINABALU: President of The Federation of Chinese Associations Sabah, Tan Sri T.C Goh has congratulated Datuk Seri Dr Sabin Samitah on his appointment as the seventh mayor of Kota Kinabalu City.
Goh expressed confidence that Dr Sabin, who was the former Inland Revenue Board (LHDN) chief executive officer, with his vast experience in the public sector would be able to bring the development of Kota Kinabalu City to greater heights.
He especially hopes Dr Sabin could facilitate more professional and proactive collaboration with the state government and various agencies to advance the “Kota Kinabalu 2035 Blueprint” and all aspects of the “Kota Kinabalu City Hall 2023-2026 Strategic Plan,” to ensure early achievement and shaping Kota Kinabalu into an advanced city in East Malaysia.
He added that Dr Sabin who previously also held the position of the Director-General of the National Anti-Financial Crime Centre in the Prime Minister’s Department possessed expertise in the economic field, would be able to contribute significantly to Kota Kinabalu’s development.
Goh, who is also a member of the Sabah Economic Advisory Council (SEAC), expressed full support and warm welcome to Dr Sabin on his appointment as the seventh mayor of Kota Kinabalu City, by Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Mohd Noor on Tuesday.
Goh who is also President of The Federation of Chinese Associations Malaysia (Huazong) and The Federation of Sabah and Labuan Hokkien Associations (FSLHA) further said Dr Sabin who is the third Kota Kinabalu mayor from Ranau since the city’s elevation in 2000, is well-positioned to enhance the city’s tax revenue and performance, and to bring greater development benefits to the local residents. The other two mayors from Ranau were Datuk Abidin Madingkir (the 3rd mayor of KK), and Datuk Nordin Siman (the 5th mayor of KK).
Meanwhile, Goh also expressed gratitude to the outgoing mayor, Datuk Norliza Awang Alip, for her great efforts and contributions to various aspects of development in Sabah, Kota Kinabalu especially. Norliza served as the sixth mayor and the first female mayor since January 2021, succeeding her predecessor Datuk Nordin Siman.
Goh acknowledged Norliza’s dedication to improving the city’s development and its people’s wellbeing, and commended her leadership during the challenging times of the Covid-19 pandemic, describing her as a leader with experience, capabilities, and courage, earning the admiration of citizens from all ethnicities.