Abang Johari credits Musa for Sabah's rapid growth

AVILA GERALDINE


KOTA KINABALU: Sabah’s rapid development made a positive impression on Sarawak’s sixth Chief Minister during his first official visit to the state today.

Datuk Amar Abang Johari Abang Openg said the landscape of Sabah’s state capital has transformed over the years as the state continues to progress.

“I am impressed with Sabah’s development under the leadership of Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman. The state is progressing fast and I am confident it will continue to be developed.

“My visit to Sabah is of course to find a common ground between Sabah and Sarawak to upgrade economic development.

“That is why I brought along business players from Sarawak so they can interact with the Sabahans,” he said at a special dinner hosted by Musa at Sutera Harbour Resort here.

Abang Johari noted that the Pan Borneo Highway project initiated by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak was a game changer to bring about transformation to the rural areas.

“Such connectivity is vital and I hope our business players can make use of this connectivity to close the gap between Sabah and Sarawak.

“We are grateful to have a Prime Minister who is concerned with the needs of both states. We are ever ready to sit down to solve common problems and bring the matters to the Prime Minister’s attention.”

Abang Johari also expressed confidence of efforts delivered by Najib and that Sabah would continue to bring victory in the next general election, adding that political stability must be maintained in challenging times.

During the event, he also suggested Sabah and Sarawak work on an approach to develop research and development in the biodiversity of both states which are rich with natural resources.

Meanwhile, Musa noted there were many Sarawakians doing business in the state namely in timber, hotel and malls among others.

“We welcome them and we hope to work together to bring mutual benefit for both states.

“As a neighbouring state, we share similarity in history, culture and social. I believe we can work together to bring progress to our respective state.”

Musa believed Sarawak would develop further under the leadership of Abang Johari with his vast experience.

Earlier in the morning, Abang Johari and his entourage paid a courtesy visit to Musa at the new office of the Ministry of Finance in Likas.

The Sarawak Chief Minister was accompanied by his deputy Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, who is also Sarawak Agriculture and Rural Economic Development Minister and Local Government Minister Datuk Prof Dr Sim Kui Hian, among others.