New Straits Times
LIVELIHOOD BOOST FOR SABAH FOLK
State’s monthly household income has doubled from RM2,087 in 2009 to RM4,123
ABOUT 553,000 employment opportunities have been created in Sabah since 2010, largely due to efforts by the state and federal governments in bringing in investments.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan said the efforts were carried out to boost the livelihood of Sabah folk, and had proven effective based on the increase in household income.
“The monthly household income in Sabah has doubled from RM2,087 in 2009 to RM4,123,” he said at the launch of the IMPAK18 Teraju programme here yesterday.
Rahman said the country’s unemployment rate was 3.4 per cent, following 360,000 jobs created last year.
“More can be done to rope in Bumiputera involvement in generating the nation’s economy.
“The government will continue with its efforts to empower them so that they will be exposed to more opportunities.”
He said the programme, jointly organised by the National Entrepreneurship Institute (Insken), Economic Planning Unit (EPU) and Yayasan Sabah, was geared towards providing a platform for people to seek business and entrepreneurship advice.
Rahman said the programme was an effort to transform the Bumiputera economy and engage with the local community through the three components of education, employment and entrepreneurship.