attract cheap labour.
Even its locals had to become beggers outside Sabah simply beggars
cannot even survive in Sabah.
Many jobs may be on offer, but if the income is much less than what
beggars get, there is no point in doing these jobs.
Worst, you will become slaves for these companies because it is
legalised in Malaysia to enslave workers. It is verified by
the worst Human Trafficking label for Malaysia given by the US
Al these so called proposed industries are useless in a poverty
stricken state such as Sabah. You cannot develop people who have no
Scholarships given are not even enough to cover basic needs and always
late. You must pay thousands upfront first before you can get any
and that is not guaranteed.
This is further proof that SAbah does not get any of its oil revenue.
With only RM150 million for the last 30 years, no wonder. It is not
even enough to cover pollution cause by oil activities in Sabah.
The CM talks about enterprises but when there is no money involved, it
is just useless.
What is required is just money to be spent in Sabah. Let the people
decide. Even corruption money is better than nothing which Sabah gets
at the moment.
With corruption, at least some money will flow freely in Sabah and
thus stimulate the economy. It is better than no money at all.
With so little money retained in the state, the corrupt gets more
Wellness and Care?? What a laugh?
There is not a single private hospital now in Sabah.
Sabah used to have the best wellness and care facility in the best
location in the world. It was thrown into the rubbish bin. It is
turned into ill equipped and crowded government hospitals
without any qualified doctor.
I know it very well because I and my family were treated there but
Sabahans just don't appreciate their facilities. After all, the
richest go to Singapore. In fact Sabahans are the largest group of
Malaysians in Singapore hospitals.
The poor just don't bother with private hospitals without realising
that it is the poor that get the most treatment in these private
hospitals. The government has no excuse to deny medical facility when
it is available in Sabah itself so had to send poor patients to these
A second private hospital was built with much less ideal location
because it is no longer on a hill top with a sunset sea view. Even
this hospital was turned into rubbish bin. Now we have no where to go
if you are sick. Medical cards are useless in Sabah.
With the apparent opulence of Sabahs, such as having treatment in
Singapore, you will want to consider Sabahans as rich, but SAbah has
the highest income gap in the whole world. And statistics don't lie.
Worst, nothing is done about it. What is being done is to the "abject
poverty" which is completely different from "poverty" which is the
main concern of UN Human Development Program.
This is the price of being bought for RM50 for 5 years.
Sabah's days of reliance on cheap labour over
Published on: Friday, March 05, 2010
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Kota Kinabalu: Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman said Sabah can no
longer rely on cheap labour to attract investment to its shores but to
shift towards an innovation driven and service-based economy powered
by the creativity and talents of its human capital.
He said failure to shift towards the new economic model would bar the
State from making headway to national income growth, thus impeding its
And as a result, the nation may eventually lose its growth momentum
and start sliding. "So, as the nation embarks on preparing for the
Tenth Malaysia Plan, it is timely for us to take stock of past
development performance and identify measures needed to enable us to
shift towards a high income, innovation driven service-based economy,"
His speech at the Sabah Development Corridor (SDC) "Seminar on
Investment Opportunities in Knowledge-Intensive Industries and Product
Innovation Driven by Technology Convergence" at Le Meridien was read
by Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Seri Joseph Pairin Kitingan.
Sabah, he said, was aware of the need to shift gears to a high income,
innovation driven service-based economy. Hence, the State Government
has introduced various programmes to lay the foundation to participate
in knowledge-intensive sub-sectors.
As an example, he said the Government recognises the potential of
biotechnology and acknowledged it is a catalyst for new growth areas
in the state's economy as well as source of new wealth and income for
"Biotechnology could assist in enhancing the competitiveness of the
agriculture, manufacturing and services sectors," he said.
Sabah has a fertile environment for the development of new sources of
growth such as agro-biopharmacy, bio-medicine, wellness and
healthcare, renewable energy and eco-friendly products.
But to add value to Sabah's rich biodiversity, Musa said it needs a
systematic programme that covers research, development and
commercialisation. And this is achieved through the Sabah
Biotechnology Action Blueprint that provide a road map and policy
framework for the sector, he said.
"In support of this, the SDC Blueprint has also laid out the necessary
ingredients to catalyse the emergence of knowledge-based bio-industry
in Sabah," he said.
He said the measures outlined under the SDC include the creation of an
Agrobio Innovation Zone, the Sandakan and Interior Education Hubs,
Palm Oil Industrial Clusters, Sabah Agro-Industrial Precinct and
On forest eco-system conservation, he said the Danum Valley Field
Centre (DVFC) has been recognised as one of the top three field
centres in the world for tropical rainforest research.
However, he said Sabah can also leverage other conservation areas such
as the Maliau Basin, Imbak Canyon and the islands off the coastline
within the Coral Triangle to attract leading scientists and top
talents to Sabah.
Sabah is actively involved in the Heart of Borneo project that seeks
to manage and conserve the second largest contiguous forest landscape
in the world by leveraging on trans-boundary collaboration of
governments, engaging local interests in short and long-term planning
and securing sustainable and long-term finance.
In short, the State is gaining global recognition as a leading
location for conservation and tropical biodiversity research in the
"We are confident that these initiatives will contribute towards
sustainable development via judicious usage of natural resources,
conservation of biological resources and environmental protection," he
He said conservation and research have also been a strong driving
force for eco-tourism, and thus conservation and rehabilitation of the
natural environment will enhance the value of the state's natural
capital and its push for sustainable development.
Also present was Chairman of Sabah Institute Development Studies
(IDS), Datuk Seri Clarence Bongkos Malakun.