Sabah, Sarawak in joint promotion

  • Nation
  • Friday, 18 Feb 2005

KOTA KINABALU: Sarawak and Sabah plan to jointly promote their tourism and manufacturing industries and share their expertise in the agriculture and fisheries sectors. 

Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Musa Aman said the joint promotion was among the matters raised during a meeting between him and his Sarawak counterpart Tan Sri Muhamad Taib Mahmood and senior officials of both states here yesterday. 

Taib said it was an advantage for Sarawak and Sabah to carry out joint investment promotion as the peninsula was still the preferred destination for investors. 

“I don’t mind if they choose Sabah over Sarawak or vice versa, but the main thing is for them to see the potential of both our two states,” said Taib who was on a one-day working visit to Sabah. 

Apart from joint investment promotions, the east Malaysian states would also need to establish their marketing network as the local markets were limited, he said. 

Taib said the Sarawak government was also looking forward to sharing expertise with Sabah in fisheries and other sectors. 

For a start, the Sabah government had briefed Sarawak about its plan to develop the downstream processing of palm oil through the Palm Oil Industrial Clusters in the Sandakan and Lahad Datu districts, Musa said. 

On the Pan Borneo highway spanning Sabah, Brunei, Sarawak and the Indonesian province of Kalimantan, Taib said the Sarawak government was satisfied with the road for now though there were some “gaps” particularly at the stretches between Lawas, Brunei and Limbang. 

“We realise it is not smooth and fast as a highway connection but we are not clamouring for highways as we are still struggling to get the basic amenities to reach our people,” Taib said. 

Musa said following yesterday’s meeting, he and Taib had agreed to hold similar discussions with senior officials of both states from time to time.  

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