Dubbed as “the land below the wind”, Sabah has a population of more than 3.5 million people, the state has been facing a serious talent outflow problem due to the lack of job opportunities.
Most Sabahans migrate to the big cities on the Peninsular, such as Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Johor Bahru, in order to work in the manufacturing sector. Latest statistics show that more than 20000 Sabahans are living and working here in Johor Bahru with 65 % of them being in Pasir Gudang.
With such a big community, the Pasir Gudang Municipal Council recently organised the ground breaking ceremony for the Pasar Muafakat [email protected] at Bandar Seri Alam. The RM1.5million building spreads over 19000 square feet and will include 40 stalls, management office, a stage as well as prayer rooms.
The project will provide an avenue for Sabahans to sell their traditional produce, delicacies and souvenirs from their home state. The effort also seeks to lower the unemployment rate in the Sabahan community in the state.
Menteri Besar Johor, Datuk Seri Khaled Nordin urged the Sabahan community to embrace the opportunities given and raise their living standards.
“This project is a testament of the cooperation between the communities in the constituency and I hope that you (Sabahans) will use this chance to create a more dignified and respectable life for yourselves here,” he said, adding that there should be no gap between the communities there.