The Sabah state government aims to forge a collaboration with investors to build automotive production and assembly plants there, according to a Bernama report. Assistant finance minister for Sabah Sarifuddin Hata said that the state was organising discussions with UMW Toyota Motor and Nissan distributor Edaran Tan Chong Motor to build these facilities.

“We will soon hold discussions with Toyota and Tan Chong Motor and they have also expressed interest in assembling vehicles in Sabah,” said the Merotai MP yesterday.

Sarifuddin added that the move would not only provide jobs to locals but also unleash the potential of the downstream industry. He also said that the initiative would enable Sabah to drive the automotive sector more intensely over the next five to 10 years.

“Sabahans have the capability to develop the automotive sector through the efforts of the Ministry of Education and Innovation Sabah to nurture the highly skilled and creative youth,” he said.