KOTA MARUDU: The Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) will enhance not only the security, but also economic development of towns in northern Sabah.
Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili said with Esscom’s implementation, security would be strengthened, resulting in an increase in confidence and ease of doing business.
“With security strengthened, towns such as Karakit in Pulau Banggi, Kudat, Pitas and here will experience strong growth fuelled by expansions in the agricultural sector, especially oil palm and rubber.
“Small coastal farmers will have no fear to develop their land and plantation companies can expand their planted areas,” he said at the swearing-in of Kota Marudu district councillors yesterday.
Ongkili, who is also Kota Marudu member of parliament, said the expansion of agricultural activities would result in the towns, which provide farm supplies, getting more vibrant, adding that the tourism sector would also benefit.
“This is a far-sighted security strategy by Barisan Nasional not only to ensure the security of Sabahans, but also facilitate the growth of the state economy.
“This is unlike the opposition, which spends time belittling the efforts of the government and security forces, while doing nothing to improve the people’s security.”
In addressing the councillors, Ongkili said the council must always be ready to face disasters like floods by following standard operating procedures.
He said the district should always have a clean environment, as well as be free of illegal businesses, vice activities and illegal immigrants.
“The main road at the town area here is often congested with vehicles, but this is a sign of growth.
“Next year, we hope to implement plans to create dual lanes to ease traffic congestion during peak hours.”
Source : New Straits Times