Published on: Sunday, June 29, 2014
Kota Kinabalu: The Sabah United Chambers of Commerce (SUCCC) and United Sabah Chinese Community Association (USCCA) praised the leadership of Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman for continuing to prioritise the people's interest, including Malaysian Chinese in Sabah.
"With such good leadership we hope it will bring a big impact to the people's prosperity in general," said SUCCC President Datuk Seri Gan Sau Wah at the SUCCC 60th anniversary dinner cum launching of the Sabah Tiong Hua Building at Magellan, Saturday.
Gan also hoped that under Musa's leadership, the plan by SUCCC and USCCA to jointly build the 16-storey building on a 2.7-acre site (in Karamunsing) since 24 years ago would finally materialise.
Meanwhile, Musa said the launch of the Tiong Hua Building was another milestone that deserved to be commended.
"I trust that this building will serve the purpose that it was constructed for," he said, adding that he acknowledged the vital role that the SUCCC had played over the years in assisting the State Government to grow Sabah's economy.
"Your members have truly contributed to the vast growth we see today, not only in Kota Kinabalu, but also in other urban centres in Sabah, such as Sandakan and Tawau.
"It is our hope that you will continue to be our partner in progress.
Let me assure you that we strive to overcome issues raised by the SUCCC, and that we are always open to finding solutions in partnership with you so that businesses are able to flourish, and growth remains on track," said Musa.
Musa, who is also State Finance Minister, said Sabah is strategically located within the Asean region, providing the State the opportunity to emerge as a competitive state in the business and investment sectors.
At one time, timber was an important natural resource that drove the economy, and today, this had shifted to a focus on agriculture particularly oil palm, manufacturing and tourism.
"We are encouraging the growth of downstream spin-offs, not only from these sectors, but also from oil and gas. We welcome joint ventures and foreign investments as long as these benefit target groups, and as long as such projects are environmentally sustainable," he said.
He said in order to encourage more foreign as well as domestic investment into Sabah, the government of the day will continue to provide support to business sectors through the upgrading of basic infrastructure and by ensuring that the delivery system works effectively.
"It is our intention that we achieve a "win-win" situation that would ultimately increase economic growth and create wealth and jobs for locals," he said.
Musa was also happy when informed that the ACCCIM had chosen Sabah to host its 68th Annual General Meeting.
He hoped the programme would be the best platform to strengthen and widen their business networking and cooperation.
"I also encourage our local businessmen to take the initiatives to hold more discussion sessions with prominent businessmen from outside the country, to exchange ideas and become partners in order to expand their respective businesses," he said.