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Call to open up Nabawan state land for commercial development

1st March, 2016

NABAWAN: The Nabawan Chinese Chamber of Commerce (NCCC) has called on the state government to consider opening up state land for local investors to develop on their own or through joint ventures so as to rejuvenate the district’s dwindling economy.

Making the call, its president Kapitan Ng Nai Yung said the economy of the district has been hard hit following the plunge in oil price and rubber prices.

He said Nabawan and its sub-district, Sook, have vast acreage of idle land that could be used for commercial developments.

“Jobs and business opportunities will then be created to uplift the living standard of the people,” he said at the district level Chinese New Year celebration held in Sook on Sunday.

The said event was organised by NCCC and officiated by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Tan Sri Joseph Kurup.

And, Ng also proposed that Nabawan be part of the Pan-Borneo highway project – to build a ring road linking the district to the east-coast.

He also called on the federal government to speed up construction of a district police station in Nabawan so as to encourage the banks to set up branches.

He noted that at the moment the Nabawan business operators had no choice but to use the bank services in Keningau.

And, Ng also hoped the government would provide a special grant to rubber small holders to help ease their burden in coping with escalating cost of living.

Also present at the event were the secretary-general of Sabah United Chinese Chambers of Commerce (SUCCC), Datuk Ling Tiong Chai, president of Beluran Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Tsen Kin Enn, president of Keningau Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Raymond Koh Kian Ling and representatives of various government departments. – By MICHAEL TEH

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