4 June 2017
LABUAN – Federal Territory Minister, Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor on yesterday urged the people of Labuan to sit down together to discuss for them to get out from this island economic uncertainty.
Speaking before the crowd during the Nur Ramadan programme at Kampung Patau-Patau Dua, he told that the oil and gas era here had gone and it must be recovered by something else.
“You must forget about the flourishing oil and gas industry here. The industry is still here, but it is not as good as before. We need to find another way to cover up what is no longer there.
“As a Muslim, we must accept what we are enduring right now as a test from Allah to us. During the glorious days of the oil and gas here, we might be arrogant. The products and services here are sold at overprice.
“We must ask ourselves, why a problem after another comes – such as the customs issue. It might be some traders here are too greedy then by cheating the government including by involving in smuggling activities. We might do some things those are morally wrong here before and those in power might oppressed the weak,” he said before the breaking of fast.
He said further that this life was like a wheel where those on the top would go down and those at the bottom would go to the top.
“We must remember that our future is still bleak and we are yet seen the sign of a bright light in terms of our economic recovery. We cannot predict the future. There is no point for you to blame the government.
“What is important – you must think how to escape from this current difficulty and we from the government will help. Only the people of Labuan can sit together to brainstorm and to inform to your member of parliament about your ideas,” he said.
Earlier, he said that the government was listening to the people’s aspiration.
“We know that the government does not know everything. That is why we need to ask the people what they want and not what the government wants for the people,” he said.
Also present to the programme were Labuan Member of Parliament, Datuk Rozman Isli, the secretary-general of federal territories minister, Datuk Seri Adnan Md Ikhsan, the chairman of Labuan Corporation Advisory Council, Datuk Bashir Alias and the chief executive officer of Labuan Corporation, Azhar Ahmad.