Chief Minister: ‘Sabah can be next Dubai’

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Kota Kinabalu DubaiThe vision to make Sabah the ‘next Dubai’ was achievable “through continued close partnership between the state government and the manufacturing and industrial sectors”, the Malaysian state’s Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman said at the opening of the 4th Borneo International Trade Fair in Kota Kinabalu on November 27.

He said that apart from its strategic location within Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and Philippines, the East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA), Sabah also had a composition of positive factors it could bank on in achieving this goal.

This included the availability of petroleum and gas, large oil palm plantations, sawn timber and plywood, as well as its political stability which allows for “holistic development plans” to be carried out. Sabah also has qualities that make it one of the favourite tourist spots in the world, and more importantly, the state government is clear about Sabah’s potential as a thriving business and trading hub in the region, the Chief Minister said.

“Lest it be said that the state only provides lip service to the proposed vision of Sabah being the next Dubai, I reiterate the state’s commitment to this goal by sharing with you that the Sabah Development Corridor (SDC) launched in 2008 is working out well,” he added.

“SDC leverages on key areas such as agriculture, tourism and manufacturing, and is working out well under the driving force of the Sabah Economic Development and Investment Authority, which is tasked with the primary responsibility of planning, coordinating, promoting and accelerating the development of SDC.”

Musa said the support given by the government to the latest effort carried out by the Federation of Sabah Industries in promoting Sabah in the context of the manufacturing sector to turn the state into a hub for the Far East was also a testament to its commitment to make Sabah the next Dubai.

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The vision to make Sabah the ‘next Dubai’ was achievable “through continued close partnership between the state government and the manufacturing and industrial sectors”, the Malaysian state’s Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman said at the opening of the 4th Borneo International Trade Fair in Kota Kinabalu on November 27.

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Kota Kinabalu DubaiThe vision to make Sabah the ‘next Dubai’ was achievable “through continued close partnership between the state government and the manufacturing and industrial sectors”, the Malaysian state’s Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman said at the opening of the 4th Borneo International Trade Fair in Kota Kinabalu on November 27.

He said that apart from its strategic location within Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and Philippines, the East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA), Sabah also had a composition of positive factors it could bank on in achieving this goal.

This included the availability of petroleum and gas, large oil palm plantations, sawn timber and plywood, as well as its political stability which allows for “holistic development plans” to be carried out. Sabah also has qualities that make it one of the favourite tourist spots in the world, and more importantly, the state government is clear about Sabah’s potential as a thriving business and trading hub in the region, the Chief Minister said.

“Lest it be said that the state only provides lip service to the proposed vision of Sabah being the next Dubai, I reiterate the state’s commitment to this goal by sharing with you that the Sabah Development Corridor (SDC) launched in 2008 is working out well,” he added.

“SDC leverages on key areas such as agriculture, tourism and manufacturing, and is working out well under the driving force of the Sabah Economic Development and Investment Authority, which is tasked with the primary responsibility of planning, coordinating, promoting and accelerating the development of SDC.”

Musa said the support given by the government to the latest effort carried out by the Federation of Sabah Industries in promoting Sabah in the context of the manufacturing sector to turn the state into a hub for the Far East was also a testament to its commitment to make Sabah the next Dubai.

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