Electricity and water problems cost billions of dollars in investments

Published on: Monday August 15th, 2022

By: Bernama

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Bung (left) said the state government is sensitive to the situation where the completion of infrastructure projects, especially the construction of the Pan Borneo highway, is a major effort to attract investors and boost further the economic development of the state.

Kota Kinabalu: Sabah’s infrastructure is still at an unsatisfactory level making it difficult for the state government to attract large investors and thereby create more employment opportunities, which is one of the main reasons high unemployment and poverty rates in the state. Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin said the state government is sensitive to the situation where the completion of infrastructure projects, especially the construction of the Pan Borneo highway, is an important effort. to attract investors and further stimulate the state’s economic development. “Several investors came to us (the state government) to invest billions of ringgits in Sabah, but we were unable to do so due to unsatisfactory electricity and water supply as well as poor condition. roads.

“However, we will not let the (problems) continue. We will see how Sabah can be pushed out of other aspects to reduce this setback,” he told reporters after chairing the state-level rehabilitation aspiration program here last night. Bung Moktar, who is also Minister of Public Works, said this when asked to comment on the latest Gross Domestic Product (GDP) which indicates that Sabah is among the states with the highest unemployment and poverty rates. He said the state government has requested the federal government to increase the number of work packages for the highway construction project to be implemented next year to expedite the completion of the Pan Borneo highway. “If it can be put in place next year, in three years, this road will continue to improve and of course, we can also think about the development of water and electricity resources.

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Regarding the rehabilitation aspiration program, Bung Moktar, who is also a member of parliament from Kinabatangan, said that the effectiveness of the security forces and the Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCom) in controlling the borders of the country has succeeded in eradicating the problem of drug trafficking, especially in eastern Sabah. Meanwhile, when asked about measures to be taken to combat crocodile attacks in Sabah, particularly in his parliamentary constituency, Bung Moktar said he was aware that reptile attacks on humans were becoming more and more rampant. . “Maybe they’re facing a food shortage and they’re coming out now and starting to prey on humans. We don’t know. Although there’s no official count, every night along from the banks of Sungai Kinabatangan, you will see so many pairs of eyes when you hold a torch towards this area,” he said. He said he was informed by the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and State environment that if anyone wanted to offer his services to catch the reptiles, he could send a request to the ministry, so the crocodile hunters can come forward to help catch the reptiles in Kinabatangan.

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