Sabah keen on JVs with Sarawak in auto sector
Published on: Friday, October 12, 2018

Kota Kinabalu: Sabah is interested to forge joint ventures (JVs) with neighbouring Sarawak to develop an automotive industry which would benefit both states, said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal.He said cooperation between the Borneo states must be enhanced and such partnership move would help strengthen the development of the automotive industry in both states.

"I will discuss the matter with my counterpart, Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg, in a meeting to be held in Kuching, Sarawak, on Thursday.

"We must share together (with Sarawak). We have to work together, we cannot operate in silo," he said to reporters after presenting certificates and diploma scrolls to 460 graduates of the Sabah Foundation Technical College (KTYS) at its 23rd convocation ceremony, here, Thursday.

Shafie said with cooperation on the matter, some components can be made in Sabah and some in Sarawak.

"We can develop this together. We are confident of developing a joint-venture in this field (with Sarawak) because we used to have collaboration with Sarawak in the cement industry," he added.

He said the collaborative effort between Sabah and Sarawak in the automotive industry was also important in ensuring that both states produce high-quality automotive-related products to meet market demand.

He added that in the future, this would utilise the talents, skills and expertise of technical and automotive graduates in both states.

Shafie said Sabah will set up more technical colleges to produce more highly-skilled human capital to meet the demands of the job market.

He added that the Sabah Ministry of Education and Innovation had been informed of this, but it was subject to the financial situation in the State.

On a separate development, Shafie said Labuan MP Datuk Rozman Isli who joined Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan) after leaving Umno will help in the efforts to industrialise Sabah and build several other industries there.

Rozman announced Thursday that he was quitting Umno and joining Warisan.

Meanwhile, KTYS Sdn Bhd Board of Directors Chairman Datuk Kamal D.E. Quadra said the State Government was aware of the needs of education development and has prepared a sizeable education fund so that more school leavers can have the opportunity to continue their studies.

"This is a clear sign of the Chief Minister's concern towards the future generation of the State. As such, higher education institutions together with training centres such as KTYS should continue to work together with the Government to create knowledgeable human capital to achieve the country's developments goals."

Also present was Sabah Foundation Director Jamalul Kiram Datuk Mohd Zakaria. - Neil Chan


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