KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah government plans to produce its own locally-manufactured cooking oil this year.
Chief Minister Shafie Apdal said the government has already identified several districts as potential locations for the plants, including Tawau and Lahad Datu in the east coast and Keningau in the interior.
Each of the plants would cost about RM5 million to build, he said.
“We are confident of producing high-quality cooking oil to be marketed at a very competitive price.
“Sabah produces a lot of palm oil. Therefore, we believe it is better for the state to produce its own products in an effort to help the people purchase cooking oil at more reasonable prices,” he said.
Shafie did not announce the proposed name of the cooking oil brand but promised it will be revealed soon.
He said this when met at a Hari Raya open house organised by the Sabah Community Development Leaders Unit (UPPM) here today.
On another note, Shafie said Sabah will soon have its own furniture factory in Kota Marudu, with operations expected to start before the year is out.
He said the government has already identified a sawmill in the district and will issue a licence to process furniture to the operator.
He added that the operator had already secured investors and a ready market in China for their products.