Sabah wants to strengthen bilateral ties with China, says CM


KOTA KINABALU: The new Sabah government hopes to strengthen good bilateral relations with China.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor conveyed this message to China's Consul-General in Kota Kinabalu, Liang Caide, who paid a courtesy call on Hajiji at his office in the Sabah Administrative Building here Monday (Dec 28).

Hajiji, who leads the new Gabungan Rakyat Sabah state government, said that the state hoped to further enhance the existing bilateral working relationship with China.

"Sabah needs help and support from China especially in tourism, infrastructure development, agriculture, and other areas that are planned for the state's economy," he said after Liang handed over a 50,000 facemasks to Hajiji as part of a donation from the Kota Kinabalu consulate and the China embassy in Malaysia.

Hajiji said good relations between Malaysia and China over the years had brought benefits for the two countries, especially in areas of trade and economy.

The Chief Minister hoped that the friendship and strong relations between Sabah and China will grow further through the existing bilateral relations.

Hajiji said that Sabah Economic Action Council (SEAC) members would also make visit to China to attract investors after the current Covid-19 pandemic is over.

Hajiji also thanked the Chinese government for its assistance in helping Sabah tackle the Covid-19 pandemic.

Liang, meanwhile, assured that his government will continue to assist Sabah in tackling the Covid-19 pandemic through good relations between Malaysia- China.

He was confident that Sabah, under Hajiji's leadership, would be able to overcome the Covid-19 pandemic.

Liang also invited Hajiji to visit China to look at potential investments in agriculture and also agriculture among others.

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