Oleh Chris Maskilone
KOTA KINABALU: The Agricultural University of China has express interest to expand in Labuan, said BIMP-Eaga Business Council (BEBC) National Chairman, Datuk Roselan Johar Mohamed.
He said BEBC was hoping that Labuan can be turned into a University Island and at the same time converted into a Green City.
“If we were to prepare for Sabah as a food basket nation, then the younger population must be in sync with agricultural requirements and knowledge.
“It is a time for mental awareness and attitude changes if we are to toil with the earth and the worms,” he said during a meeting with Labuan Corporation Chairman, Datuk Seri Amir Hussein here last Friday.
According to him, the University has indicated that a suitable R&D facilities will be designed accordingly and we will bring back all the forgotten tropical fruits to be replanted in Labuan.
Roselan added that Labuan has been targeted to be another Green City and that the Asian Development Bank will be prescribing the rules and guidance to be adhered to for compliance purposes.
He suggested to Amir that it would be best if Labuan can gradually convert all its vehicles to electricity-powered including its buses and taxis.
Together with Roselan were BEBC Sabah Chairman, Carl Mossoom, Executive Secretary, Junzuenn Basalan and SME Sabah President, NK Foo.
Also in attendance was Azhar Othman, the incoming BEBC Labuan Chairman and his assistant, Debbie Chin.
On another note, Carl extended an invitation to the Labuan Corporation to visit Chengdu in the very near future to see the Agricultural University there and their sphere of operations.
BEBC hoped that the Agriculture Department in Labuan can start to upgrade their knowledge on soil qualities in all parts of Labuan just to ascertain future usage on plantings.
Meanwhile, Azhar has given his assurance that the new line-up of BEBC Labuan committee will spent more time and efforts towards understanding the operating concept of BIMP-Eaga so that Labuan can benefit more at the discussion table.-SabahNewsToday