KOTA KINABALU: Deputy Home Minister Datuk Mohd Azis Jamman disagrees with claims by Sabah Umno Youth chief Abdul Aziz Julkarnain who said the resumption of barter trade in Sabah, will bring security risks including the possibility of kidnapping incidents especially in coastal areas.
He said Sabah Umno Youth had voiced that surveillance and security would have to be enhanced especially in the waters of the East Coast of Sabah to make sure it was safer for the traders.
“If the state’s Umno Youth is saying that the tourism sector needs to be saved at the cost of ignoring other Sabahans, then it clearly shows its lack of foresight,” he added.
Mohd Azis said that he agreed with Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Mohd Shafie Apdal that reintroducing the barter trade system would further boost the people’s economy at the grassroots level.
In fact, the trading system will provide many job opportunities as well as offer business opportunities to the people of Sabah, as it will help reduce reliance on the federal government.
He said although the profit generated from the trade-exchange system was not as high as the tourism sector, its significance at the grassroots level of other Sabahans was also important.
Mohd Azis said the security aspects in the area would remain a priority when the barter system was implemented and the mechanism to be used would certainly examine all aspects in advance.