KKIP strives to raise manufacturing’s contribution to GDP
Datuk Jainab Ahmad Ayid, Minister of Community Development and Consumer Affairs (middle) presenting the donation to Palliative Care Association on behalf of the Chief Minister, Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Aman. The PCA is one of the charitable organisations that KKIP supports. Also present were the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Finance, Datuk Pengiran Hassanel Datuk Pg. Mohd.Tahir (second left) and KKIP CEO, Dr Tarsiah TZ Taman (third left).

By Fizah Yusof
Pictures by Elaine Mah

Kota Kinabalu Industrial Park (KKIP) has attracted more than RM2 billion in investment value from various industry clusters, mainly small and medium industries (SMIs).

In his speech read by Datuk Jainab Ahmad Ayid, Minister of Community Development and Consumer Affairs at the KKIP Annual Dinner at 1Borneo’s Grand Ballroom last Saturday, the Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Aman said that KKIP had succeeded in bringing industrialisation to places such as Sipitang and Lahad Datu.

Musa Aman, Chief Minister of Sabah“Over 6,000 jobs have been created in KKIP, mainly in the manufacturing sector and 10,000 trainees have undergone vocational skills training at various institutions affiliated with KKIP,” he said.

Musa urged KKIP to keep abreast of trends in manpower development to ensure new courses are introduced that are tailored to meet Sabah’s specific human resource needs.

“I hope KKIP will move a few notches higher in its contribution to the manufacturing sector in the State’s GDP.

“I am confident our targets are attainable, if proper attention is given to research, planning and effective execution of well-conceived plans,” he said.

“Despite the uncertainties in the global economy, we are determined to ensure Sabah’s economy will grow at the projected rate of between 5 to 6 per cent,” he added.

Musa stressed however, that the state government practices responsible industrialisation. “While we pursue industrialisation, we also place great importance on environmental and health safeguards as part of our commitment towards sustainable development.”

He urged all players in the various industries to conform to stringent environmental standards and to constantly seek new technologies to reduce the impact of pollution on the environment.

Dr Tarsiah TZ Taman, KKIP CEOAccording to KKIP CEO, Dr Tarsiah TZ Taman, KKIP has gone ‘from strength to strength’ in terms of development and progress.

“At the initial stages, KKIP had some teething problems but we managed to overcome most of them. Our main aim is to help turn Sabah into an economically strong state through its development programmes.”

KKIP was conceived and developed to spearhead the state’s industrialisation programme especially in the value-added processing sector that capitalises on the state’s natural resources. To date, KKIP has developed 60 per cent (or 2,372 acres) of the area gazetted for use as an industrial park.

A highlight of the annual dinner is the presentation of donations to several charitable organisations from the proceeds of KKIP’s various fund raising activities, including a recent charity golf tournament and the sales of tickets at the annual dinner event. Some of the organisations that received the donations are Kinabalu Pink Ribbon and Palliative Care Association, to name two of them. – Insight Sabah

Posted on June 17, 2013

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