Singapore and Sabah to further strengthen economic ties

Olivia Miwil

KOTA KINABALU: Singapore and Sabah are set to further strengthen their economic relationship particularly in tourism, property development and education.

The Republic Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, who is on his second working visit day here, said he is happy to be here to discuss further cooperation with Sabah.

“I am happy to meet my old friend (Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal) of two decades to discuss on economic ties and investments, particularly in tourism.

“During a briefing (with Tourism, Culture and Environment minister Christina Liew last night), one of the things we talked about is on Sabah tourism development particularly on the eastern side namely Sandakan, Tawau and Semporna which are quite attractive places for tourists,” he said in a press conference here.

Teo also added that in terms of technical and vocational education, Mohd Shafie had expressed interest particularly on skills for young people and their opportunities in the future.

“I would like to invite the Chief Minister for official visit to have deeper discussion to further strengthen relations between Sabah and Singapore.”

Meanwhile, Mohd Shafie said the bilateral discussions not only focus on tourism but also on property development to further attract foreign investments.

He added that airline was one of the areas being discussed. Direct flights between Singapore and Sabah will give Singaporean tourists an ultimate experience where they can climb mountain, visit islands, and learn about culture and food as well as other tourism products.

“They (Singapore) are also advanced in terms of vocation schools. This is one of the areas we can enhance and we’ll be sending a team to explore on how to do this,” Mohd Shafie said. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd