KOTA BELUD: The Ubian ethnic group in Sabah should prepare themselves with skills to enable them to seize opportunities and take advantage of the existing economic potential, said Communications and Multimedia
Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak.
He said this was because many of the economic opportunities were open to the community, especially in the tourism sector.
“For example, the Mantanani Island in Kota Belud has the potential to be developed into a tourist centre, especially for diving activities. As an elected representative, I am trying to attract investors to develop
tourism centres in Kota Belud especially on Mantanani Island, and some companies have expressed interest to explore the island’s tourism potential,” he said.
Salleh, who is also Usukan assemblyman, said this when opening the Ubian Welfare and Culture Association (Perubah) hall, here, today.
Salleh said he hoped that the association could play its role in planning and figuring out what was the best for the people, especially the younger generation, so that they would have the training and skills, including mastering foreign languages, which are essential in the tourism sector.
“Therefore, the association needs a paradigm shift and to figure out what is the best for the future of the Ubian people,” he said.
Salleh had also requested for the culture of the ethnic group to be published in book form for future reference.
Earlier, when launching the 2015 ‘Membara Programme’ organised by the Kota Belud UMNO Welfare Bureau, Salleh, who is also Kota Belud UMNO chief, said politics was the best platform to serve the society.
“Political rivalries need us to always serve the people and convince the voters that our party is better than our competitors,” he said.- BERNAMA