The Report: Sabah 2011

  • ID: 1826793
  • Country Profile
  • Region: Asia, Malaysia
  • 192 Pages
  • Oxford Business Group
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A tropical paradise rich in both beauty and resources, Sabah is one of the 13 states that form the Federation of Malaysia. It is one of two states on the island of Borneo, the other being Sarawak.
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Land beneath the wind: A tropical paradise rich in both natural beauty and resources

A growing role: The multicultural state has increasing clout in the national arena
Interview: Musa Aman, Chief Minister of Sabah
Trading post: Enhancing trade links around the world, one deal at a time
Interview: Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak
Viewpoint: US President Barack Obama
Party players: A wide range of groupings make for a unique political arena
Interview: HRH Prince Mohamed Bolkiah, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Brunei Darussalam
Interview: Surin Pitsuwan, Secretary-General, ASEAN Conservation-minded: Playing a central role in a range of environmental projects
Viewpoint: Fidel Valdez Ramos, Former President of the Philippines

Foot on the gas: Accelerating growth
Taking root: The government is working with enterprise on green initiatives
Interview: Carter Roberts, President and CEO, WWF
Interview: Mohd Yaakub Johari, CEO, Sabah Economic Development and Investment Authority
Planning for tomorrow: Laying the groundwork for economic growth and social development as part of the Sabah Development Corridor
Interview: Mohd Arifin bin Mohd Arif, Chairman, Sabah Economic Development Corporation
Interview: Ali Hamsa, Director-General, the Public-Private Partnership Unit
A new emphasis: Long-term efforts are under way to boost the economy under the 10th Malaysia Plan

Looking for an edge: With competition intense, companies focus on products and services
Interview: Peter Lim, Managing Director, Sabah Development Bank
Interview: Vincent Pung, CEO, Sabah Credit Corporation
Across the board: Insurance, led by life and sharia-compliant offerings, creates new business
Interview: Abdul Wahid Omar, President and CEO, Maybank Stocks & bonds
Hap Seng Consolidated: Conglomerate
Suria Capital Holdings: Port Services
Innoprise Plantations: Plantations
Cepatwawasan Group: Plantations

Growth corridors: Modernisation and infrastructure improvements key to development
Looking downstream: Adding value with clusters that focus on palm oil processing
Interview: Raymond Tan Shu Kiah, Minister of Industrial Development
Interview: Chong Hon Len, CEO, Kota Kinabalu Industrial Park
Getting connected: The industrial park at Kota Kinabalu continues to draw in investment
Interview: Pang Teck Wai, CEO, Palm Oil Industrial Cluster Sabah
Going local: The first petrochemicals cluster will provide a boost for local firms

A new approach: Exploration and innovation are now a crucial part of the mix
Shale storm: The discovery of a new gas source in the US has major ramifications for markets and producers
Interview: Johan Arriffin, Deputy Director, Yayasan Sabah
Interview: Harun Ismail, CEO, Sabah Energy Corporation
A work in progress: Increasing capacity is the next challenge for the electricity grid
Critical mass: The development of alternative sources is a top priority
Interview: Baharin Din, Managing Director, Sabah Electricity

Sailing downstream: The government is aiming to shift the emphasis in the coming years
Securing a staple: Increasing food self-sufficiency is a key goal of the ETP
Interview: Yahya Hussin, Minister of Agriculture and Food Industry, and Deputy-Chief Minister
Interview: Jhuvarri bin Majid, General Manager, Sabah Land Development Board
Planning for progress: Moving towards value-added industries is a key part of the 10MP
Interview: Othman Walat, Group Managing Director, Sawit Kinabalu
Palm pilots: The government is steering the development of a crucial industry

Paradise found: Conservation efforts and luxury developments are key
Strategy for competition: A new plan for the sector emphasises investment and infrastructure
Interview: Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General, UN World Tourism Organisation
Interview: Masidi Manjun, Minister of Tourism, Culture & Environment
A wider appeal: Investors have new opportunities in medical and sports niches
Deep blue: Developing marine tourism

Picking up speed: An array of projects will keep builders busy for years to come
Going green: Encouraging more environmentally friendly methods
Interview: Saifuddin Tahir, Managing Director, Sabah Urban Development Corporation
Interview: Raymond Chan, Managing Director & Executive Chairman, Sagajuta
Prime land: Rising demand leads to a hike in property values
Interview: Ben Kong Chung Vui, Executive Director, Wah Mie Group
No place like second home: Foreign buyers find a range of attractions in Sabah

Mapping out new connections: Developing tourism and regional integration are key goals
Interview: Joseph Pairin, Minister of Infrastructure Development
Interview: Mohamed Fowzi, Managing Director, Sabah Ports
A regional player: More airlines are basing their BIMP-EAGA operations out of KKIA
Interview: Thomas Ng, Managing Director, NCT Forwarding & Shipping
The road to growth: Rural initiatives will help pave the way for development

Making the connection: Government support remains steady for this key sector
Network news: Major improvements in connectivity are on the way
Interview: Yee Moh Chai, Minister of Resource Development & IT
Reaching out: The national development programme is having a big local impact

Forward thinking: A reform programme is set to address many of the sector’s challenges
Private perks: English-language instruction is one advantage of a private education
Opening the door: A range of measures are helping widen access to higher learning
Just the job: Tailored programmes are providing a route into the workplace
Interview: Kamaruzaman Ampon,
Vice-Chancellor, Universiti Malaysia Sabah
Interview: Wong Khen Thau, CEO, Asian Tourism International College

McMillan Woods
Incentives and allowances: Rules and stipulations vary according to sector
Viewpoint: Raymond Liew, Managing Partner, McMillan Woods

Jayasuriya Kah & Co.
By the book: Insights into the laws and regulations governing the state
Viewpoint: John Kah, Managing Partner, Jayasuriya Kah & Co.

From the beginning: An overview of the state’s history up to the present day
The myth and the mountain: Mount Kinabalu’s place in legend and lore
Main attractions: From jungles to cities, there is plenty in Sabah to fill a traveller’s agenda
A cultural gold mine: Many indigenous populations hold on to traditional customs
A room for the night: Hotels and resorts in Kota Kinabalu, Tawau, Kudat and Labuan Federal Territory
Local listings: Telephone numbers for state ministries, foreign missions, legal services, business associations, culture & entertainment, consultancy & accountancy services and more
Facts for visitors: Useful information for business and leisure travellers
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