Published on: Friday, September 13, 2013
During a press conference after the launching of the new Volvo V40 models for the East Malaysian market in 1Borneo, Thursday, Jainab said the establishment of an assembly plant by the car giant could provide the much needed job opportunities as well as skills training for the youths.
"In KK, we have Polytechnic Kota Kinabalu, Institut Latihan Perindustrian (ILP), Institut Kemahiran Mara (IKM) that train our youths.
I am inviting them to open their assembly plant here.
I feel that we should do that because we have skilled workers.
"We want to provide jobs to our people instead of them going to Kuala Lumpur, PenangÉ I noticed that the Penang government is offering Sabahans to go work there. So the Sabah Government wants to provide more job opportunities so that our people don't have to emigrate to Penang or Johore Baru, Singapore or Kuala Lumpur.
"We want to provide enough job opportunities for them and I reckon we can do it," she said, adding that another company, Tan Chong Motor Holdings, is currently planning to open their assembly plant in Kota Kinabalu Industrial Park (KKIP) in Sepanggar.
Jainab also suggested that with an assembly line on Sabah's shore, the price of cars can be reduced.
"Then, not only Ministers or Assistant Ministers can afford it, the general public can buy it. It should be affordable and made available to the public because of their motto - Volvo by 2020. Our aim is no serious injury or fatality in a new Volvo and our vision is that cars should not crash at all," she said.
Regarding the new Volvo V40 models which were launched during the event, Jainab said she considered the car to be Volvo's CSR car for its numerous safety features that achieved a five-star Euro NCAP collision safety rating with the overall result being the highest ever recorded by the institute.
"This is their CSR car or people's car since it is very affordable.
If other car manufacturers go towards that direction (safety first), then our country will be safe and there will less fatality, less accident. We read a lot in the paper, accidents, traffic jam, people got knocked down and then at the end, the Government was blamed for it," she said.
Volvo Car Malaysia Managing Director, Keith Schafer, thanked Jainab for the invitation and said the automobile industry is a huge industry with lots of opportunities and prospects for expansion.
"We need technicians, paint shop, body shop. There are lots of team working to make the industry work.
Personally, I see a lot of opportunities in Sabah and make sure that we have lots of mobile service stations here.
"We want to ensure our service centres are up to expectations first before establishing more sales centre and showrooms.
We want to make sure that we can really offer good services after the cars were purchased," he said.
Schafer also said the company will be building a new service centre in Sandakan soon and hope that with the establishment of the service centre, it would lower the cost of the car ownership.
"We are expecting to sell between 15 and 20 cars per month in Sabah.
In fact, currently, in Kuala Lumpur, it is already sold out and buyers need to wait for three months before they can get their cars," he said, adding that the company is expecting to sell between 500 and 600 unit of cars during its maiden year.