The Consumer Association of Sabah and FT Labuan (CASH) would forward and highlight the issues of consumers to the new Community Development and Consumer Affairs Minister, Datuk Hajah Azizah Mohd Dun. Its Deputy President, Nordin Thani, said CASH is looking forward to working very closely with the minister to resolve the consumers’ problems. He hopes that Hajah’s Ministry would be more effective in solving the disputes between business owners and consumers after the Barisan Nasional (BN)’s landslide victory in the 12th General Election in the State. Nordin was asked to comment on the appointment of Azizah who won the Klias State seat under a BN ticket. “I would address the important roles of the consumers who are actually voters that involve everybody in the country,” he said. “I am certain that Datuk Hajah Azizah realize the roles that empowering consumers can play and I am certain of her capability in helping not only individuals but the economy, businesses and the general well-being of our society. “With her appointment, I congratulate her on being appointed as the new Minister of the Community Development and Consumers Affairs,” he said. Nordin added CASH would also ensure that the less informed and vulnerable consumers are always protected from unscrupulous traders and businesses and the role of enforcement and the right regulations and systems are in place for this. “With Azizah’s ministerial experiences obtained and achieved at the federal level, I am confident she could deliver and contribute towards the future development of Sabah. “I have read her statements too in The Borneo Post that she would want to really help the consumers with the complaints and single parents issues,” he said. Nordin pointed out the ministry’s role as a whole is so broad. However, it is expected by many to be transparent and effective. When asked for the worst complaints received before the election which has become one of the major issues in Sabah, he mentioned illegal money lending by a long who impose unbearable interest on their customers.