Published on: Sunday, October 13, 2013
The Industrial Journalism Award went to Special Writer Mary Chin and Chief Editor James Sarda. It is given to journalists who played a prominent role in disseminating information on the industrial sector to the public.
Mary and James did a series of reports on why Sabah should take advantage of its proximity to China, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Japan to serve as the nation's second aviation hub after Kuala Lumpur in view of travellers from these nations having tremendous spending power.
The series titled "Flying Global, Flying Local - Positioning Sabah as hub of the Far East" won them RM5,000 plus trophies.
It was the second time that Mary and James have partnered and won the top prize, the earlier being on the growing economic threat posed to Sabah by Indonesia's four neighbouring Kalimantan provinces.
Jailani Hassan of Bernama and Bong Tze Pin of Overseas Chinese Daily News received the consolation prizes for English and Chinese categories, respectively.
The awards this year included a Special Award in conjunction with 50 years Sabah's progress in Malaysia as well as another category recognising companies which have excelled in terms of growth, revenue, innovation, management and entrepreneurship.
The awards were won by Salleh Truck and Trailer Manufacturer Sdn Bhd (annual sales of RM10m and below), Hume Concrete (EM) Sdn Bhd (RM10m to RM25m), Tomher Industrial Sdn Bhd (Rm25m to RM100m) and IOI Edible Oils Sdn Bhd (RM100m and above or foreign owned companies).
Axtrada Sdn Bhd won the Most Promising Award. They received RM3,000, a trophy and certificate. The Nabalu Trading Sdn Bhd received a certificate of participation.
The Special Award in conjunction with the 50 years of Sabah in Malaysia was won by Yit Foh Coffee Sdn Bhd who received a gold coin and a certificate. The award is given to companies born at the formation of Malaysia and which has developed hand in hand with the progress of Sabah in Malaysia 50 years on.
State Industrial Development Minister-cum-Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Raymond Tan Shu Kiah said the awards presentation is part of the State Government's efforts to transform the State industrial sector to a more robust, sustainable, value-added and developed State.
"In this respect, the State Government recognises and appreciates the efforts, involvement and contribution of industry players and the private sector in the progress and growth of the industrial sector.
"Thus, in recognition and appreciation of the industrial players and captains of industry as well as relevant parties role in promoting and developing the industry, my Ministry has established these three awards to specifically honour these industry players," he said.
Earlier, in his speech delivered by his Deputy Datuk Bolkiah Hj. Ismail, Tan said the Government is confident it could cater and meet the needs and requirements of new business and economic ventures in terms of availability of talents for these new investments.
"We have plenty of junior and high school graduates and some at the colleges and the university levels. However, we are currently lacking at the professional, skilled and semi-skilled categories which we need to address effectively.
"But, with a host of public, semi-public, private and even non-governmental organisations setting up training schools, centres and institutes, this issue could be effectively addressed," he said.
Tan hoped the youths are adequately trained and equipped with knowledge and expertise so that they can play their part in the country's industrial progress, and that putting youths into gainful employment would not only arrest underemployment and unemployment but also mitigate rural poverty and rural-urban migration.
"On the part of my Ministry, we would continue to play our role as the facilitator and catalyst to assist industry players and investors to operate in the State so that we could help position our industrial sectors as one of the premier sector of the economy," he said.
Tan said Sabah recorded the second largest investment of RM5.03billion for manufacturing in 2012 after Selangor and the top State in term of approved investment value at RM5.0billion among the five economic corridors and the second top in terms of approved investment in all sectors at RM11.6billion in 2012.
Tan said that positive development in the State would surely be enhanced by the many projects ear-marked for the State under the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP), Government Transformation Programme (GTP) and the Rural Transformation Programme (RTP).
"With all these infrastructures in place and the investments it can attract, I am confident that Sabah would continue to be an attractive investment destination in the coming years," he said.
He also called on the large-scale industries (LSI's) in the State to play a bigger and more effective role in the development of the State's industry by providing more opportunities to other SME's in terms of supply of goods and services, contract jobs and outsourcing as well as to re-invest in the State.
He said the LSI's would be able to make a difference with these resources and expertise, thus creating more opportunities and openings for many more SMEs to progress further.