KOTA KINABALU: The migration of the Hakka community to Sabah, dating back to over a century has fuelled a significant contribution in terms of progress to the state, says Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman.
He said qualities which the Hakka community was noted for, such as determination, thrift, hardwork, easy adaptation to environment, passion about culture, education and social service made it excell in the many ventures which the community was involved in.
“The Hakka community is part of the melting pot which Sabah is proud to showcase to the world, and we will always be willing to listen to issues that the community brings up,” he said when officiating the grand opening of the Sabah Hakka Complex and its adjacent Sabah Hakka Multipurpose Hall here today.
Construction on the five-storey Sabah Hakka Complex costing RM10 million began in 2013, and it obtained certificate of occupation in May last year. The structure is designed after the world-famous traditional Hakka houses of China, the Tulao
Furthemore, the double-storey Sabah Hakka Multipurpose Hall, also constructed at the same site where the two buildings are, is part of the Sabah Hakka Cultural Centre sited on 3.1 acres in Tanjung Lipat.
In his speech, Musa said the infrastructure would become a unity and cultural heritage symbol of the Hakka, and thus be able to attract more investors to explore business potential in Sabah.
“The construction of this building is a significant positive impact towards developing the economy of Sabah, in line with political stability and strategic location in the Asia Pacific region,” he added.
Moreover, through the centres, Sabah’s ability to cater for international conventions such as the inaugural First Hakka International Creativity Forum 2015 is testimony that Hakka participants involved were from all over the world.
Meanwhile, United Sabah and Federal Territories of Labuan Hakka Association president Datuk Jimmy Tham Yuk Leong said the completion of the Sabah Hakka complex also signified the realisation of the wish of the past association leadership.
“In the past, due to financial constraint, we were unable to provide professional information and services to our members. But today, with this Sabah Hakka complex, we will be able to contribute more to our clan members, as well as the economic development of the state,” he said.- BERNAMA