Sabah creative in­dus­try to be dy­namic sec­tor — CM

The Borneo Post (Sabah) - - HOME - By Shalina R.

KOTA KINABALU: A uniquely Sabah ap­proach and the grass­roots par­tic­i­pa­tion will turn the Sabah creative in­dus­try into its fu­ture dy­namic sec­tor.

Chief Min­is­ter Tan Sri Musa Aman is con­fi­dent that the creative in­dus­try can grow in both ur­ban and ru­ral Sabah if the lo­cal devel­op­ment of the creative in­dus­try fo­cuses on the var­i­ous strengths and ad­van­tages that the state has in terms of creative re­sources.

“To­day’s sem­i­nar is rel­e­vant, es­pe­cially when the suc­cess of our State’s devel­op­ment ef­forts to­day partly hinge on grass­roots par­tic­i­pa­tion,” said Musa, whose key­note ad­dress was de­liv­ered by Datuk Seri Pan­glima Teo Chee Kang, at the Nurturing Sabah’s Ru­ral Creative Com­mu­ni­ties Sem­i­nar launch in Tan­jung Aru here on Thurs­day.

“Sabah is well rec­og­nized as cul­tur­ally di­verse with vast re­sources in the fields of per­form­ing arts, vis­ual arts, film and hand­i­craft. The State also has a sub­stan­tial pool of creative tal­ents who have con­sis­tently proven their abil­i­ties at na­tional level, as well as ac­tors and film­mak­ers cur­rently in­volved in the screen in­dus­try lo­cally and na­tion­ally.

“Sabah is also an in­ter­na­tion­ally-es­tab­lished tourist des­ti­na­tion, par­tic­u­larly in na­ture tourism. Our as­sort­ment of world class nat­u­ral at­trac­tions, abun­dance of flora and fauna and unique wildlife also makes Sabah an at­trac­tive des­ti­na­tion for doc­u­men­tary projects and com­mer­cial pho­tog­ra­phy, apart from film-mak­ing.

“The three main niche ar­eas Sabah could fo­cus on are Cul­tural Her­itage, Per­form­ing Arts and Creative Me­dia. This “Uniquely Sabah” ap­proach will pro­vide the best prospect for us to po­si­tion the State in the na­tional and global creative in­dus­tries mar­ket,” he added.

Musa said although most mea­sures sur­round­ing the devel­op­ment of the creative in­dus­try were cen­tered in ur­ban ar­eas, most of Sabah’s creative as­sets are ‘ru­ral-cen­tric’ and par­tic­u­lar key ‘creative place’ strengths that ex­ist in ru­ral ar­eas can at­tract creative work­ers.

“Ru­ral in­no­va­tions could be driven by ‘ur­ban de­mand’ and the creative in­dus­try of­ten dis­perses a range of creative prod­ucts, ser­vices and ex­pe­ri­ences that have been pi­o­neered in ur­ban ar­eas but are new to the econ­omy of many ru­ral places.

“De­vel­op­ing creative in­dus­tries in ru­ral ar­eas gen­er­ates po­ten­tial for sus­tain­able high-qual­ity en­ter­prise and em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties and con­trib­ute to ru­ral di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion. Growth in such prod­ucts and ser­vices cor­re­late with ris­ing lev­els of dis­pos­able in­come and bet­ter ed­u­ca­tion.

“The role of the creative in­dus­tries in ru­ral ar­eas needs to be more widely ac­knowl­edged and bet­ter un­der­stood by lo­cal gov­ern­ments in or­der to pur­sue in­no­va­tion poli­cies and plans aimed at ru­ral devel­op­ment.

“In par­tic­u­lar, pol­icy should rou­tinely in­te­grate the creative in­dus­try in plans for town cen­tre re-devel­op­ment, as well as tourism strate­gies and mar­ket­ing ini­tia­tives to help at­tract and re­tain skilled and creative in­di­vid­u­als.

The Chief Min­is­ter em­pha­sized the devel­op­ment of gov­ern­ment in­sti­tu­tional sup­port could be driven by groups in the creative in­dus­try.

He stressed this in­cludes the pos­i­tive and en­cour­ag­ing work through the Creative In­dus­tries clus­ter un­der the Work­ing Com­mit­tee on Nurturing Hu­man Cap­i­tal in Sabah co-chaired by In­sti­tute for Devel­op­ment Stud­ies (IDS) Sabah and Sabah Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment and In­vest­ment Au­thor­ity (SEDIA).

“The first mul­ti­pur­pose com­mu­nity the­atre or Black Box The­atre in Sabah has been es­tab­lished and is gain­ing pop­u­lar­ity among Saba­hans and tourists alike,” noted Musa.

“In ad­di­tion, the Sabah In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­tre (SICC) which is ex­pected to be com­pleted by next year will in­clude a world stan­dard Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tre to cater for regional and in­ter­na­tional con­certs and events.

“There is an in­creas­ing num­ber of creative events such as the on­go­ing com­mu­nity aware­ness project, Sabah Glow, which was suc­cess­fully or­gan­ised by IINSCAPE re­cently,” he added.

The sem­i­nar was or­ga­nized by IDS (Sabah) in part­ner­ship with Kon­rad-Ade­nauer-Stiftung and in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the So­ci­ety of Per­form­ing Arts Kota Kinabalu, Sabah (SPArKS).

IDS (Sabah) chair­man Datuk Seri Pan­glima Clarence B Malakun, IDS (Sabah) ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor and CEO Datuk Mohd Has­nol Ayub, se­nior re­search as­so­ciate cum or­ga­niz­ing chair­man Richard T Koh, SPArKS pres­i­dent Roger Wang and Tan Sri Her­man Lup­ing were also at the launch.

Teo (front, third right) with (left to right) Lup­ing, Koh, Has­nol, Malakun and Wang at the Nurturing Sabah’s Ru­ral Creative Com­mu­ni­ties Sem­i­nar yes­ter­day.

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