KOTA KINABALU – The Sabah State Government will continue to intensify the country’s development agenda and safeguard its people, said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman.
Subsequently, he said the state government is currently focusing the implementation of the Eleventh Malaysia Plan (11MP), the Sabah Development Corridor (SDC) and the core sectors in the ‘Halatuju Pembangunan dan Kemajuan Negeri Sabah’ agenda.
“As of Sept 28, a total of RM1.95 billion or 46 per cent of RM4.21 billion was spent among others on poverty eradication programmes and development of rural areas; infrastructure, public utilities and facilities; and special programmes for Sabahans; public transport and safety programmes,” he said.
He said this in his speech at the investiture in conjunction with the Sabah Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Juhar Mahiruddin’s official birthday at Istana Negeri here, Saturday.
Regarding the SDC development, he said the project had now entered its third phase in line with the implementation of the 11MP.
As of July 31 this year, he said a total of RM2.05 billion was allocated for the development of the SDC projects under the 9MP till 11MP channeled to the Sabah Economic Development and Investment Authority (SEDIA).
From January to March this year, manufacturing investments amounted to RM1.7 billion that provided 3,907 jobs.
“The state government is optimistic that the flow of private and foreign investment will continue to reflect positive trend and also prove that they are confident of our political stability and strong economic fundamentals,” he said.
For the tourism sector in the period from January to June this year, the total number of tourist arrivals to Sabah recorded an increase of 3.7 percent compared to the same period last year.
Based on the latest developments air accessibility to Sabah, he said the government expected the positive momentum to continue concerning tourist arrivals mainly from China, South Korea and Taiwan.
“In addition, the construction of several new hotels could increase investor confidence and reflects positively on the prospects for the country’s tourism industry,” he said.
Musa said the Sabah International Convention Centre, which is expected to be completed in 2018, would become a catalyst for Sabah MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions) industry in the region.