SUCCC calls for stronger govt collaboration
Published on: Sunday, July 21, 2019
By: Jo Ann Mool

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah United Chinese Chambers of Commerce (SUCCC) President Tan Sri Andrew Liew called for stronger collaboration between the State Government and chambers so that all challenges can be worked out together.

He also assured that SUCCC is prepared to participate in any programme organised by the Government.

“The State Government under the leadership of Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal has set a clear direction towards raising the economy of our beloved State which would then create many business and job opportunities for the people.

“The Chief Minister himself had led a delegation from Sabah to China not long ago on a mission to invite more investors from the country to invest in the State. I, including other Chinese business leaders, were privileged to have been part of the delegation,” said Liew at the SUCCC Annual General Meeting dinner here, which was officiated by Deputy Chief Minister cum Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius Tangau.

Liew also expressed his gratitude to Tangau for making the trade mission a great success and also for inviting him to represent SUCCC.

“In relation to this, SUCCC once again congratulates the Chief Minister and you (Tangau) for the successful trade mission which saw more China industrial players investing in the State with the sealing of 12 memorandums of understanding (MoUs) with various parties, altogether estimated to value RM20 billion,” he said.

“However, SUCCCC believes we must never rest on our laurels and, instead, continue our efforts in view of future challenges to come,” added Liew.

Liew said SUCCC also remains highly committed to playing its role as the bridge between the State Government and the Chinese chambers and commerce as well as the Chinese business community in general. 

“We believe this role in important as both share the common interest in wanting to see Sabah’s economy grow strong and sustainable,” said Liew.

He said since 64 years ago, the body has been committed and proactive it playing its role in promoting liaison and co-operation among various Chinese chambers of commerce and/or other commercial and industrial associations in Sabah for the protection and advancement of the interests of their members in respect of commerce, industry, primary industries and other economic activities.

Throughout the period, SUCCC has been tried and tested, particularly during times of economic downturns which had affected everyone, particularly the Chinese business community who has always been known to be the main drivers of the economy, he said.

“Despite those moments, we had never backed down. Instead, we overcame the challenges and even turned them into opportunities for growth. 

“We had been able to do this by drawing strength from our genuine unity. Until today, we believe that if we are always united, we will always be successful,” said Liew.


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