Dr Yee: SMJ critics ‘living on another planet’

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KOTA KINABALU: The recent opening of the Kibing glass factory has not only proved the success of the Sabah Maju Jaya (SMJ) roadmap but also the determination of the Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) state government to bring Sabah to greater heights.

The SMJ is not merely window dressing as some power-crazed desperadoes have claimed in the early days of its implementation.

It was meticulously conceived with the interests of the state and people in mind, former Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Dr Yee Moh Chai (pictured) said, adding that the results have been clear as daylight for anyone to see.

This state-of-the-art glass factory has a huge workforce where some 1,100 – or more than 80 per cent of the 1,300 workers – are Sabahans.

“If anyone, especially the opposition, still thinks the SMJ is mere political window dressing, they must be living on another planet,” said Dr Yee.

The factory at Kota Kinabalu Industrial Park (KKI) is a multi-billion investment of the Kibing Group from China. 

And, it is one of the high impact investments under the SMJ development plan – the brainchild of Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Hajiji Haji Noor – launched two years ago.

“This is a promise the government has not reneged on,” said Dr Yee who is currently a deputy president of Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS), a component member of the ruling GRS.

At the opening of the factory recently, the Chief Minister said Sabah had now positioned itself as one of the prominent players in Malaysia’s solar glass manufacturing industry and was poised to make significant contributions to the renewable energy sector.

“This achievement not only promises economic growth but also underscores our commitment to sustainability and green technology,” Hajiji said.

And Dr Yee also said that Sabah was currently on the track under SMJ, and the RM7 billion in revenue collected last year was clear evidence of success.

“Yes, criticism by the opposition is vital as a catalyst for public discourse, but it must be constructive.

“Contribute to the progress of the state – share ideas but if you need to criticise, make sure your criticism is constructive and not just for the sake of criticising,” he insisted

Dr Yee added: ““That has been the opposition’s problem. Did you do anything good for the state when in power? No! And now, you are now green with envy at the GRS government’s success.”

The SMJ had attracted foreign and local investment worth billions that could create in excess of 10,000 jobs across the state

“At every waking moment, the state government under the direction of the Chief Minister is thinking, planning and doing what is best for the state and people.

“Securing billions in investment from abroad is never a walk at the park,” said Dr Yee. “But with sheer grit and tenacity in the face of an uncertain global economy, the state government has clearly done very well so far.”

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