Sabah investments to soar – CM
by Murib Morpi. Posted on June 24, 2012, Sunday
KOTA KINABALU: Sabah hopes the RM13.7 billion direct investments it recorded last year will be surpassed this year after having already reeled in RM10 billion in the first quarter.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman said the target was achievable based on the high confidence among foreign investors in Sabah’s favourable economic and political climate.
“This is what we hope for, that more investors will come in to Sabah. As we know Sabah is leading in attracting investors in the country,” he told reporters after attending the 10th anniversary of SMK Tebobon near here yesterday.
He said Sabah has remained highly attractive to investors not only due to its political stability but also its convincing financial and environmental management, besides its friendly people.
Musa, who is also the Finance Minister, said he has directed the relevant agencies, including the State Industrial Development Ministry to be more aggressive in bringing in investors.
“The people here work together amazingly with each other and secondly, we have a clean and very well-controlled environment. This is all efficient management, thus attracting investors.
“However, we are focused not merely in bringing them in to invest but also to benefit the locals, where there should be joint ventures that will provide employment opportunities for the local youths.
“There is no point of having foreign investors if it does not benefit the community, there must be a win-win outcome so that everybody gains something,” he said.
Meanwhile, on a separate issue, Musa reiterated his call to all State Barisan Nasional (BN) leaders to heed Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s advice to always be sincere in their struggle for the country and people.
He said all BN leaders in Sabah must stay united and ensure their actions are not detrimental to the party, the people or the State.
“We need to be sincere in everything that we fight for and we in BN must live the party’s principles, not just talk and act differently, this is a problem,” he said when asked about the leaders who were rumoured to be ‘half-hearted’ in BN.
He said the leaders may change according to the people’s support and mandate but they must ensure the party’s struggles are continued sincerely, with intention to fight for BN in the name of the people.