KOTA KINABALU: Sabah can be proud for its investment capital which is RM5 million higher than Pulau Pinang, thanks to the continuous efforts of the state government in aggressively developing the industrial sector in the state.
Deputy Chief Minister, Datuk Raymond Tan Shu Kiah, said the amount of investment is taken from the 2013 record, and he believes that Sabah can increase its investment annually with today stable political environment in Sabah.
“The challenge for me is to ensure industrial sector development in Sabah to surpass other states like Pulau Pinang,” he said when met by reporters after attending the Chinese New Year celebration organized by Gerakan, which is also attended by the Chief Minister, Datuk Seri Musa Aman, here today.
Also present are the state Cabinet ministers, Barisan Nasional (BN) component party leaders, and other public figures.
Raymond said, to encourage investment in Sabah especially in Kota Kinabalu Industrial Park, and Palm Oil Industrial Cluster (POIC) in Lahad Datu, they have implemented several approach to attract more investors to Sabah such as publishing Sabah Industrial Quarterly (SIQ) bulletin which is printed and issued online in sabahtoday.com.my.
“SIQ Project was launched in 2009, when I first took office as the state Minister of Industrial Development, and the bulletin has been printed up to 65,000, with over half million of online readers.
“We provide many information related to the state industrial sector including the ministry’s activities, government policies, and investment opportunities. The bulletin covered all these information.
“For me, information on industries need to be delivered and our intention is not to answer the opposition’s complaints; it is to give accurate information to investors who will come to Sabah. We have done this project for six years,” he added.
According to him, his ministry has issued several important matters to investors, including creating job opportunities with appropriate wages in line with the high standard of living, especially in Kota Kinabalu.
He added that recent research indicates the cost of living in a city like Kota Kinabalu requires a minimum wage for the young generation to be RM2,000 to RM2,500 for a comfortable life.
“In Kuala Lumpur, RM2,500 is not enough to live comfortably, but in Kota Kinabalu it can. It is the difference for Sabah as we can maintain the cost (of living) at a reasonable condition. What we do in the ministry is for the interests of Sabah people.
“Because I am Sabah-born, YB from Sabah, and I prioritize Sabah, I felt that it is not wrong. I want investment to be brought in Sabah. That’s what we do. There are certain parties complaining that Sabah is being managed poorly.
“How can they say that it (management) is not satisfactory when about 20 departments and agencies in the state receive 4-star recognition from National Audit Department,” he opined. – SayangSabah