By Chris Maskilone
KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah Government under the leadership of Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal and through the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industry will continue to facilitate Business-to-Business between Sabah and China.
Minister Datuk Junz Wong said this was in the effort to bring in more advanced agriculture green technology and machination as well as foreign investments from China to Sabah.
Sabah, he said would also continue to promote its agriculture to the world especially China so that more platforms can be created to benefit business and local communities from both countries, in terms of foreign investment, employments, technology transfers among others.
Speaking at the Silk Road International Property Development Group Inauguration Ceremony, Junz expressed gladness to witness the birth of the organisation, specialising in agriculture technology, formed by a group professionals of various fields from both Sabah and China.
“This is the result of my Chengdu visit and after persistent passionate follow-through, finally it has materialised,” he said.
The signing of several MoUs between the Group and several Sabah companies in various fields also made it more fruitful, he said.
Meanwhile, BIMP-Eaga Business Council (BEBC) Malaysia Chairman Datuk Roselan Johar Mohamed said now it was time to look at agriculture sector instead of manufacturing for exports.
Under the new State Government and the able leadership of its young and dynamic leadership in the like of Datuk Junz Wong, he said it was time that “we have to share and learn from our Chinese partner the proper and methodical way of planting, marketing and distribution of our agriculture products.”
“The more we export, our financial position will improve for the betterment. We cannot blame cabotage if our wrong choice of manufacturing type produces dismal performance,” he said.
“When you mixed with garbage, you will smell like rubbish. But when you mixed with China, I can see money coming in,” he quipped.
Roselan said mixing with the right people would help in pursuing fortunes.
“Our Chinese friends have come a long way to guide and teach us the better and tested methods of agricultural performances.
“Those were the days when we plant only for local needs. Now we have to plant for exports. We must learn how to export instead of imports.
“Our past performances have seen very little exports. We tend to import more than export. This is a dangerous precedent,” he said.
Silk Road International Industry Property Development Group Vice Chairman Dato Dr Yong Tung Yong said they hoped to make Sabah the platform for China to establish cooperation channels and effective services with countries along the Belt and Road Economic Belt.
“Our group’s plans are long-term and solid, and our goals are long-term and ambitious.
“We not only believe in the Belt and Road Economic Belt Initiative and its positive impacts and benefits for the world, but we also believe we need to be strong and effective in the implementation of projects and plans to make them successful to benefit more people in more industries,” he said.
Dr Yong said the group hoped to bring more resources and build more cooperation channels for the growth areas in Sabah and East Asean Growth Area with China in all fields.
Among the fields earmarked were agriculture, fisheries, animal husbandry, tourism, cultural education, trade and processing industries.
“We believe that as long as we have a strong service platform and channel, it will not only bring great economic benefits to Sabah, but also bring benefits to the East Asean Growth Area.
“I hope that all our guests that participated in the inauguration ceremony today will have a better understanding of our Group’s background, resources, services and products.
“We welcome all kinds of cooperation, inquiries, opinions and suggestions. The Belt and Road Initiative offers infinite opportunities for all of us to make good use of it. The door to our Group’s cooperation will always be open to everyone,” he said.-SabahNewsToday