Sabah projects on course despite skilled labour lacking
Published on: Monday, July 12, 1965

DAILY EXPRESS (Thursday, July 12, 1965) - JESSELTON, July 11 - The Federal Minister for Sabah Affairs and Civil Defence, Dato Donald Stephens on Friday had a general review of the economic development in Sabah when he was briefed at the State Operations Room, Secretariat.

The briefing was given by various Heads of Departments, including the State Development Officer, Enche Sa’ad Walad.

The State Development Secretary told the Minister that the development programmes in Sabah were progressing well in spite of the setback arising from the shortage of skilled labour. He said that funds – available for this year’s development programme amounted to $62 million and the State Government was preparing plans for projects for which funds could be utilised.

He said that the first phase of the Labuk Valley survey had long been completed and the second phase would be launched soon.

The survey, largely financed by special funds from the World Bank was to examine and find out development potentials in the Labuk area and prepare basic information for recommendation to government.

The second phase of survey would be to make concrete proposals. With the completion of the survey a comprehensive blueprint would be prepared.

On Land Development schemes the Minister was told that Sabah had at present seven or eight major schemes in progress. Apart from this the State Government had earmarked four areas where FLDA schemes could be introduced.


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