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Group to follow up on China bid
Published on: Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Kota Kinabalu: The State Government sent a seven-member delegation to China, Monday, on the invitation by a group of China investors who recently expressed keen interest to invest RM2 billion in various business and industries in Sabah.

The delegation is led by Deputy Speaker Datuk George Ginibun. With him are ex-Kota Kinabalu Mayor Datuk Abidin Madingkir, who is now Paginatan Assemblyman, Kuamut Assemblyman Datuk Masiung Banah, who is also former Assistant Youth and Sport Minister, State Legislative Assembly Secretary Datuk Bernard J Dalinting, Likas Assemblyman Tan Lee Fatt, Luyang Assemblyman Phoong Jin Zhe and Special Officer to Speaker of the State Legislative Assembly, Saimin Mirin.

Met before their departure, Ginibun said they were going on the invitation by the group to further discuss their intention and explore probabilities in certain business sectors as their first step in investing in Sabah.

The invitation was to further prove their commitment after having met with Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal for a lengthy understanding of the Sabah economy and business ambitions, where the group was convinced that Sabah will be a near-perfect place to foster a long-term business relationship.

The RM2 billion investment will be the first phase of their investment of what would possibly be a multi-billion ringgit investment in Sabah in the long run.


"Our visit to China is fully endorsed and approved by our Chief Minister," said Ginibun, who is also tasked to observe the fields of China economy, science, technology, industry and social development.

Ginibun will be reinstating to the China investors that the Sabah Government is willing to strengthen cooperation and will provide convenient and favourable investment policies.

The Sabah delegation will be in China until Oct 23.

"The Chief Minister said China has achieved tremendous development and is on par with strong economies of the world such as the United States and other developed countries.


"Sabah is willing to learn from China to upgrade the speed and quality of development in the State and with this visit of our delegates, we hope to quickly bring in the China investors and create a much better economy and livelihood to all Sabahans," he said.

According to Ginibun, the official visit is also an opportunity for them to study the government set-up of China, particularly the standing committee of its Provincial People's Congress.

He said their official schedules include meeting with top officials of the Beijing Municipal People's Congress in Beijing, Standing Committee of Lijiang Municipal People's Congress in Lijiang, Standing Committee of Dali Prefecture People's Congress in Dali, Standing Committee of Yunnan Provincial People's Congress and Foreign Affairs office and Standing Committee of Yunnan Provincial People's Congress and Foreign Affairs office and Standing Committee of Yunnan Provincial People's Congress.

At the same time, he said they will also extend an official invitation to these Provincial People's Congress to visit Sabah.

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