KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal (pic) has suggested that renowned automotive company, Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota), opens an assembly factory in the state.
Making the proposal during his working visit at Nagoya, Japan, Shafie said the move would strengthen Toyota's market in Borneo, with the anticipated move of Indonesia's capital to Kalimantan.
At the same time, Sabah will benefit from the employment and economic opportunities, he said in a statement released here.
Shafie relayed this during his meeting with several automotive industry players, after attending the Business Opportunities in Malaysia seminar in Nagoya on Monday (Dec 2).
“We are users of the cars they produced, but we need to see what potential we can tap into, maybe collaborate in assembly or become their supplier.
"The four-wheel drive is a type of vehicle much needed due to the road conditions in Sabah, Sarawak and Kalimantan.
“I am confident Sabah has good location not being too far from Japan and our people have the capabilities in fields related, so it can be a win-win situation," he said.
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