KUALA LUMPUR: The 15th Sabah Legislative Assembly sitting started today with the attendance from Yang Di Pertua Negeri Tun Datuk Seri Panglima Dr Haji Juhar bin Haji Mahiruddin and Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal.
The points were taken from Shafie Apdal’s Facebook.
In his opening speech, Sabah Chief Minister Mohd Shafie Apdal’s highlighted points are summarized as below:
- To achieve Smart Digital Government between 2020 to 2024 to speed up the manufacturing, business approvals and attract more investors to the state. It will be done in stages via the process of digital automation, digital transformation, and digital innovation. It is themed as Accessible by Anyone at Any Time, Anywhere, by Any Mobile Device (5A).
- The state government has abolished the Urban and Rural Planning Central Board. Substituted with State Planning Council which will oversee the policy-making for all the physical developments in Sabah.
- The industrial sector will be given better attention. This sector creates more employment. Clean and environment-friendly industries will be strongly exercised.
- Sabah Oil and Gas Industrial Master plan include Invest Sabah which will promote investment opportunities in Sabah and Free Economic Zone also will be built in industrial areas strategically to attract investors.
- Sabah Entrepreneurs Information System (SENTIS) will be introduced to coordinate, monitor and easing the entrepreneur development in Sabah.
- In 2019, Tourism sector increased to 8.2% or 4.19 million tourists visited Sabah compared to previous years. However, due to COVID-19, there will be a low turnout and impact in this industry. The flora and fauna attracts more tourists to Sabah. During this time, the state government will take an approach to protect, conserve and upgrade natural resources. Among the areas are Teluk Darvel, Lahad Datu, Pulau Mantanani and Kota Belud.
- Sabah Agriculture Blueprint 2021 to 2030 will be introduced as a guideline to develop agriculture sector. Extra focus will be given to untapped potential agriculture areas as well as farming, fishery, aquaculture. They will not only depend on palm oil but will start to diversify into other areas like rice production, fruits, and high-quality vegetables. They will also ensure food security for Sabah people. The agriculture industry will be reinforced by using modern technology, R&D, training and agriculture compliance programs. Sabah is poised to become a food hub in Asia to meet the demand from China.
- Sabah will protect its forest through ‘Totally Protected Areas’ program ensuring orang utan, pygmy elephants, sun bears will be greatly protected. Sabah Wildlife Department has introduced Enforcement, Tactical, Operational and Protection rapid team to curb illegal wildlife hunting and smuggling.
Source: Shafie Apdal Facebook
Pix credit Jabatan Penerangan and Shafie Apdal Facebook