Kadazan, Dayak Entrepreneurs Urged To Look Into Downstream Businesses

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Madius receiving a memento from DCCI President Joseph Salang Gandum. Looking on at centre are Douglas Uggah and JJ Masing. At left is KCCI President Bonipasius Bianis.

MIRI: Datuk Seri Panglima Wilfred M Tangau has urged the Dayak and Kadazandusun community to further enhance their business activities by involving themselves more in downstream processing instead of relying on their traditional business activities.

He was speaking at the 12th Gawai-Kaamatan celebration jointly organised by the Dayak Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) and Kadazandusun Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) held at the Eastwood Golf and Country Club, Miri.

Among others, in his speech, Madius said:

“After this 12th Gawai-Kaamatan celebration, both DCCI and KCCI should enhance their business activities by going into rubber and palm oil downstream processing as well as in the oil and gas.

“Besides that, I would like to see this annual Gawai-Kaamatan celebration focusing not just limited on cultural activities, but should also encompass socio-cultural integration and exchanges.

“The two major North Borneo communities have many things in common, both in the cultural as well as social aspects.

“These shared common entities should paved the way for greater cooperation in the fields of trade and industry where both communities would play major and significant role in boosting our economic activities and thus become the major contributor towards increasing the Gross Domestic Products (GDP), one of the primary indicators used to gauge the health of a country’s economy,” Madius said.

Among those who were present at the celebration included Sarawak deputy Chief Ministers, Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas and Tan Sri James Jemut Masing as well as several Assistant Ministers.