PASIR GUDANG: The Johor government recognises the role of people from Sabah and Sarawak in the development of the state, especially in Pasir Gudang.
Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin said the state appreciated the contributions by some 20,000 Sabahans and 15,000 Sarawakians, many of whom were living and working in Pasir Gudang.
He said that prior to the presence of foreign workers, most of the factories and heavy industries in Pasir Gudang depended on workers from Sabah and Sarawak.
“Sabahans and Sarawakians are now making Johor their home, with their children born in the state and attending schools here, and they only go back to Sabah and Sarawak during festive seasons.
“They have played an important role in the development of Pasir Gudang into a leading industrial area in Malaysia,” he said.
Khaled added that the state government would look out for the interest and well-being of Sabahans and Sarawakians in the state and would not sideline them in any development programmes or initiatives.
He said this at the opening of Pasar Muafakat Sabah on Saturday, where he also reminded traders not to rent out or lease their kiosks to make quick profit.
“The idea of having Pasar Muafakat Sabah here is to promote Sabah products to locals and visitors from outside Johor under one roof.
“Do not be tempted by short-term monetary gain, look at your business as a long-term investment which is able to generate income,” Khaled said.
The RM2.1mil market in Jalan Suria 66, Bandar Seri Alam, houses 40 kiosks and a food court selling dishes, dry foods, handicraft and apparel from Sabah.
The traders were allocated the kiosks by Pasir Gudang Municipal Council (MPPG) who had also decided to slash the monthly rental from RM300 to RM150. Rental for the first three months was also waived.
Also present at the event were MPPG president Hasrin Kamal Hashim and Persatuan Suluk Bersatu Sabah Johor president Faizal Sisar.