By Sitti Nor Azizah Talata
KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah Animation and Creative Content Centre (SAC3) and KK Pedestrian Walkaway and Cycleway are a significant project that contributes to the development of Sabah’s human capital.
Sabah Economic Development and Investment Authority (SEDIA) Chief Executive Officer Datuk Dr Mohd Yaakub Johari said it has already offered programmes in the creative industry to many young Sabahans as well as produced local content and entrepreneurs.
“One of SAC3’s creations, the popular Sabah-based “Ondu” series, airs on RTM,” he said.
Meanwhile, the walkway and cycleway project promotes an active lifestyle among people residing in the city, while supporting efforts to boost tourism.
“Kota Kinabalu in fact had been ranked among the top liveable cities in Asia in the 2017 Annual Overseas Retirement Index,” he said after meeting with the Treasury Secretary General Datuk Ahmad Badri Mohd Zahir here yesterday.
Ahmad Badri had visited two Sabah Development Corridor (SDC) projects located within the Greater Kota Kinabalu area, as part of a three-day working visit to Sabah.
In concluding the visit, Ahmad Badri said he was pleased to see how well the projects were executed and thanked SEDIA as it had been instrumental towards the implementation of both projects, particularly as SAC3 is one of a kind in Malaysia.
He noted the critical role that SEDIA had played in ensuring development of the projects, despite facing challenges along the way.
The Sabah Development Corridor was launched on January 29, 2008 during the Ninth Malaysia Plan as one of Malaysia’s five regional economic corridors, with the aim to accelerate the growth of Sabah’s economy, promote regional balance and bridge the urban-rural divide, while ensuring sustainable management of state resources.
This was followed by the establishment of SEDIA, through the adoption of Sabah Economic Development and Investment Authority Enactment 2009 on January 15, 2009. – SabahNewsToday