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Support for IDS as think tank
Published on: Thursday, November 16, 2023
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Support for IDS as think tank
Hajiji presenting the certificate of appointment of IDS Honorary Fellow to Universiti Malaysia Sabah Vice- Chancellor Datuk Dr Kassim Mansor. 
Kota Kinabalu: The State Government will continue to support the Institute for Development Studies (IDS) Sabah to continue to be the think tank that brings development to the people and the State, said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor.

This includes always making IDS the primary reference and guidance entity.

“The journey to ensure that Sabah truly prospers for all the people in the State is a shared responsibility of ours. I will always pay attention to every result and research findings from IDS carefully, thus being able to provide comprehensive benefits to the people of Sabah.

“It is my great hope that IDS will not only be a think tank for economic development but as a think tank for both the people and the State, i.e. the voice that connects leaders and people for the benefit of the State,” he said at the Appreciation and Gala Night in conjunction with the 38th anniversary of IDS Sabah at the Sabah International Convention Centre (SICC), Wednesday.

The Chief Minister also hoped IDS staff would continue to shoulder their responsibilities with full commitment and not be easily discouraged, especially when doing research that benefits the State.

“As a pioneer researcher, IDS as a whole supports the hopes and aspirations of Sabah. With the effort taken, we can reach the highest level of thinking and confidence necessary to fulfil the role of executor and enabler.

“In the State Government’s efforts to bring more development, including investors to Sabah, the role of IDS is very important,” he said.

Hajiji said IDS’ ability to adapt to current developments, innovate consistently and refine existing ideas is proof of the legacy that has been preserved since the first day this institution was established.

“Thus, I would like to congratulate IDS for successfully implementing the Appreciation and Gala Night in conjunction with the institute’s 38th anniversary.

Indeed, this legacy has contributed to the formation of Sabah’s landscape and formed a line of leaders with competent capabilities.

“I am very pleased to be able to work with several ministers, elected representatives and also researchers born from IDS. All of them have high competence as a result of experience and exposure while serving at this institute,” he said.

He also hoped that all IDS citizens would always be ready to become the next generation of policymakers and leaders to deal with the challenges of the present and future, guided by the value of research and a data-based approach to development.

“Since the beginning of my mandate as Chief Minister, I have seen the invaluable contribution that IDS has made to the State Government. Research produced with intellectual rigour and analysis consistently meets the high expectations expected of a think tank.

“IDS’ earnestness in producing the Human Capital Development Action Plan, District Planning, border study with Kalimantan, as well as dealing with stakeholders is a commitment that supports the aspirations of the Hala Tuju Sabah Maju Jaya.

“This effort is supported by IDS’ commitment to increase grassroots capacity. Grassroots communities have enjoyed unprecedented levels of cooperation, stability and harmony with one another. I am moved to see IDS’ priority to ensure equitable development throughout Sabah,” he said.

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