Tourism Ministry receive face masks, sanitisers from Chinese developer

Liew (centre), flanked by Ma and Sabah Tourism Board (STB) General Manager Noredah Othman, at the handing-over ceremony.

By ILONA ANDREW

KOTA KINABALU: The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment received 35,000 pieces of face masks and 1,500 bottles of hand sanitisers from a Chinese-based construction company, Nantong Si Jian Construction Group Co. Ltd.

Deputy Chief Minister cum Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment Datuk Christina Liew received the donation from Ma Jianguo, the Project Director of NTSJ Construction (M) Sdn Bhd.

Expressing her gratitude towards the generous contribution, Liew said the face masks and hand sanitisers will be distributed to all the agencies under the ministry.

“The state government is pleased that NTSJ Construction is committed to complying with the standard operating procedures (SOPs) set by the state and federal governments.

“It is a role model as a developer in Sabah in taking all the necessary precautions, including Covid-19 screening for its foreign workers, to ensure they are in good health,” she said after the handing-over ceremony held at the site of the Coral Bay Condominium project off Coastal Highway, here, on Wednesday.

NTSJ Construction is a subsidiary of Nantong Si Jian Construction Group Co. Ltd. The 12-storey Coral Bay is the company’s first project in Sabah and its third construction project in Malaysia.

Construction works on the premier condominum project commenced in November 2018 and the project is 30 per cent completed.

However, the work has stopped completely since the imposition of the movement control order on March 18 but will soon resume operations in full compliance with the SOP set by the government.

It was learned that NTSJ Construction is eager to expand its business here under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and that the company’s ventures in Sabah could further cement the good ties between Malaysia and China.