KOTA KINABALU: The cabotage policy has contributed to the high costs of goods and doing business in Sabah, thus making the state unattractive to investors compared to our neighbouring countries.
The Sabah United Chinese Chambers of Commerce (SUCCC) urged the government dispatch more assets and personnel to tighten the security situation in the east coast to prevent kidnapping cases and boost the confidence of investors and the tourism industry.
SUCCC president Datuk Seri Panglima Gan Sau Wah praised the government for taking measures to flush out the illegal immigrants in the east coast of Sabah.
Although the action was commendable but somehow it had affected the construction and plantation sectors, he said.
“Now we are facing a shortage of labour as we don’t have enough manpower to harvest the ripen oil palms and continue with the projects,” said Gan, adding that even some coffee shops have to closed for business due to lack of workers.-Sayangsabah