What’s update on projects announced so far, Rahman Dahlan asks Shafie

An artist’s impression of the RM7 billion project at Kampung Meruntum, Lok Kawi, which will change the Putatan coastline in Sabah.

KOTA KINABALU: Umno Supreme Council member Abdul Rahman Dahlan today urged the Warisan-led Sabah government led by Shafie Apdal to give a status update on all the projects they had announced before this.

“What has happened to all the announcements after announcements made by Warisan since they formed the state government?” he asked in a statement today.

Yesterday, the Tuaran Umno chief had criticised the state government and Sabah Foundation for proceeding with the RM7 billion Lok Kawi beachfront project.

He questioned the necessity for the massive project amid a weak real estate global market, stating that it could end up in a lengthy legal battle if the project fails to gain investors’ interest.

He also believed that the RM7 billion beachfront project would face the same problem as the RM350 million Kota Kinabalu Waterfront project, which Sabah Foundation announced separately and which has not taken off.

The Oceanus Mall developer, Sunsea Development Sdn Bhd, wound up on April 19.

Rahman Dahlan.

Rahman listed down other projects that the Warisan-led government had announced previously.

He said on Sept 28, 2018, Shafie had announced a RM2 billion investment from China to create 3,000 jobs.

On March 27, 2019, he announced a RM13 billion investment from the Burel Industries Sdn Bhd petrochemical plant in the palm oil industrial cluster estate in Lahad Datu.

On April 24, 2019, Shafie signed a RM20 billion MoU with the governor of Jiangxi province (China) on real estate and a glass manufacturing industry.

On April 17, 2019, Sabah became involved in a RM5.2 billion project for the construction of a 175km railway track from Kota Kinabalu to Kudat.

On May 4, 2019, Sabah Foundation was involved in a RM3 billion investment with a Chinese investor in glass manufacturing.

Rahman said other issues also seem unresolved by the Warisan-led state government until today. These were:

  • Construction of a deep-sea port facility in Kudat;
  • Conversion of the Sandakan Palm Oil Industrial Cluster into a furniture hub;
  • Ending the legal dispute with Prestasi Pelangi on the timber concession owned by the Sabah Forestries Industries;
  • Ending the legal dispute on the termination of the water concession contract with several companies; and,
  • Resolving the legal dispute on the termination of service contracts of CEOs in Sabah GLCs.

Rahman said the legal disputes had bad financial implications for the state government if it is found liable.

He suggested that the state government proceed to complete its projects announced earlier before proceeding with any new ones which may involve Sabah Foundation in protracted legal disputes in future.

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