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CM confident Unity Government’s support will ensure Sabah’s economic growth

3 March 2024

By Wartawan Nabalu News

PUTRAJAYA: Chief Minister, Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Hajiji Haji Noor is confident that with the high political commitment and solid support from the Unity Government at the central level.

He stated that the SMJ direction's policy, which is determined to strengthen the agricultural, industrial, and tourism sectors, is in line with the 3 Ikhtiar proposed to boost the Bumiputera economy, namely establishing a Bumiputera land corporation, creating endowments for education, health, and welfare, and industrializing agriculture.

"Similarly, the Six Commitments for Bumiputera Economic Empowerment introduced in this congress, especially the Second and Third Commitments to Close the Implementation Gap and Create Equality Among Regions/Ethnicities and Groups, are very timely," he said in his speech at the Bumiputera Economic Congress 2024 held at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre here on Saturday.

In this regard, Hajiji hopes that any resolutions crafted from this congress will also take into account the interests of the Bumiputera community in Sabah.

"I also hope that whatever approach is taken to empower the economy of the Bumiputera in Sabah, it should be institutionalized under the supervision of the Sabah State Government entity.

"This is to give a mandate to Sabah to coordinate and lead socio-economic development programs efficiently, effectively, and synergistically," he said.

He also expressed high hopes that the national leadership under this Unity Government is truly committed to continuously championing the fate of the Bumiputera community throughout the country, including in Sabah.

"As the second largest state in Malaysia, with the Bumiputera population reaching up to 90% of its total population, we in Sabah have very high aspirations to together with all Malaysians enjoy the prosperity and economic progress of the country.

"This not only supports the grassroots economy of the Bumiputera in Sabah but also lays the foundation for a more inclusive and sustainable development model for the Bumiputera community. In other words, the empowerment of the economy, especially for the Bumiputera in Sabah, must be aligned with the development of infrastructure as the main enabler," he said.

He said that the state government is committed to closing the poverty gap that has long enveloped many Bumiputera in Sabah and is determined to bring about change to the lives of the people who yearn for advocacy, especially those in remote areas.

"We no longer want to be left behind, and we always hope that the wealth can be shared together in one big Malaysian family. Let us not make the South China Sea a barrier or obstacle to progress and shared prosperity," he said.

In this regard, he said that the state government's vision is to ensure that efforts to empower the Bumiputera economy in Sabah are institutionalized and achieve recognition of a unique identity for Sabah in the context of Malaysia.

"As we are well aware, geography is one of the obstacles capable of slowing down the development process, and this is happening in Sabah. It not only hinders economic growth and delays the development process, but also limits economic and social activities of the Bumiputera community, especially in the interior.

"In addition, developing a strong infrastructure network is crucial for the economy of Sabah, especially in improving connectivity between the interior and urban centers. This not only supports the grassroots economy of the Bumiputera in Sabah but also lays the foundation for a more inclusive and sustainable development model for the Bumiputera community.

"Therefore, I believe that empowering the Bumiputera economy in Sabah through the provision of training, quality education, digital and financial literacy enhancement, and equipping the necessary skills, along with infrastructure facilities as basic necessities, will enable them to compete at the national level, if not on the global stage," he said.

Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Panglima Anwar Ibrahim officiated the closing ceremony of the Bumiputera Economic Congress 2024.


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