Hajiji lauds Sabah GLC's excellence in sustainable land management


Hajiji (second right) meeting with retired staff members of Sabah Softwoods Berhad.

KOTA KINABALU: Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor has commended government-linked company (GLC) Sabah Softwoods Berhad for setting a benchmark in sustainable land management.

The Sabah Chief Minister said this has made it one of the state's most profitable GLCs since its inception 50 years ago.

He said the company had played a key role in developing Sabah's plantation sector and had shown it could manage its land assets through maximising productivity while balancing environmental considerations.

The company's success in research and development, plantation management and environmental conservation was also something the whole state could be proud of, he added.

"As one of our main GLCs, Sabah Softwoods has made a big contribution in terms of dividend paid to the state government,” Hajiji said at the company's golden jubilee celebration at the Sabah International Convention Centre (SICC) here on Friday (May 26).

“This has positioned its parent Innoprise Corporation Sdn Bhd at the forefront of our plantation sector.

"It has reciprocated to the state in terms of building a titled land bank, supporting Yayasan Sabah’s education promotion efforts and environmental conservation activities as well as other social programmes for the benefit of the people," he added.

The Chief Minister hoped Sabah Softwoods would continue to lead in the plantation sector not just in the state but also at national and global level.

"We must always take care of our forest so that it can be sustained for our future generations," Hajiji said.

At the same event, the Chief Minister also launched a book in conjunction with the golden jubilee, which he said will be a record of its history and success.

"Now we need to look ahead... (and) hope our successors will continue to hold on to the high standards set and achieve greater success," he said.

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