KOTA KINABALU: The state government should focus on modernising the fisheries, agriculture and livestock industries in the state to achieve self-sufficiency, says the Sabah United Chinese Chambers of Commerce (SUCCC).
Its president Tan Sri Andrew Lim said that strategic development of the industry would help not only in self-sufficiency, but also provide employment for the youth in the state.
He said such focus by the state government would improve the economic situation of the state especially when it was facing the prolonged Covid-19 pandemic that has affected all sectors of the economy.
"It will assist the people as well as rejuvenate the economy," said Liew, who is also a member of the Sabah Economic Advisory Committee and vice-president of the Associated of Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia.
Liew said that SUCCC hoped that the state government would urge the Federal Government to expedite the infrastructure projects under the 12th Malaysia Plan for 2021-25.
He said development funds should be provided early for the Borneo Highway project, electricity, water power, telecommunications engineering, airport, seaport facilities and other upgrades to attract local and foreign investment opportunities for the state.
He said that the issues were among motions adopted by the SUCCC during its third annual general meeting held here recently.
Among other motions were for the SUCCC to give its full support for the economic revitalisation plan of the state government as well as call for the Federal Government to quickly send more Covid-19 vaccines to the state.
They also called on the Federal Government not to close down the Sandakan nursing college and allow it to continue operating.