KOTA KINABALU, (Dec 31) — Sabah’s economy is on the right track
with the decade-old state Halatuju development agenda complementing the
initiatives under the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) and Sabah
Dvelopment Corridor (SDC), said Datuk Seri Musa Aman today.
The Chief Minister said the state government made the right decision to
focus on the tourism, services, agriculture and manufacturing sectors this year.
“At the same time, we will continue to focus on education, given the close
ties between the state and federal governments in developing the sector,” he
said in his New Year address.
Musa, who is also state Finance Minister, said the various incentives
introduced under Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s leadership as well
as the implementation of various Government Transformation Programmes (GTP) have
begun to bear fruit.
“Through various federal government-led incentives such as the ETP as well
as the SDC, we can see the results in the strong growth in various sectors of
the state’s economy.
“By focusing on the main sectors such as oil and gas, palm oil and tourism,
Sabah is now on the right track to achieve sustainable economic growth,” he
The governemnt should collaborate with the best experts to venture into the
processing of raw commodities and create a knowledge-based economy in the
country, he said.
Projects being implemented include the Sabah Oil and Gas Terminal (SOGT),
Kimanis Power Plant, Sabah Ammonia-Urea (SAMUR) plant, the Palm Oil Industrial
Clusters (POICs) in Lahad Datu and Sandakan, as well as the Kota Kinabalu
Industrial Park (KKIP).
He said the ETP and GTP will not only boost the nation’s economy but also
enhance the government’s delivery system and raise the nation’s competitiveness
in line with the goal of achieving high-income status by 2020.
Musa said the state’s RM4.6 billion Budget 2014, an increase of 13 per cent
over the RM4.088 billion for 2013 and representing the largest allocation in the
state’s history, is to ensure the continued well-being of the people.
“I believe that this budget will help hasten the development and progress in
all sectors. At the same time, we will also enhance further efforts to close the
development and poverty gap between the rural and urban areas.
“For 2014, we will allocate RM178.14 million for the poverty eradication
programme, to ensure more families can escape the clutches of poverty,” he
He said the government has a number of higher institutions of learning to
fulfil manpower needs, such as in the Sandakan Education Hub, which also gives
locals, particularly those from Sabah’s east coast, the opportunity to further
At the same time, he also expressed pride in a number of state agencies and
government-linked companies (GLCs) that had fullfilled their responsibility by
declaring dividends this year.
In conjunction with 2014, Musa urged all concerned to fully focus on the
effort to develop and undertake transformation in Sabah to achieve peace and
prosperity, not just for themselves and the state, but also for the generations
“Let’s work together to make Sabah and Malaysia among the best in the world
one day,” he added. — BERNAMA