“Generally, development and jobs are concentrated in the urban areas. All these urban centres have attracted [people], just like vacuum cleaners, sucking in labour and families...”. Uneven economic development, as well as changing aspirations, are shaping the migratory dynamics in the country. Today we look specifically at the push and pull factors shaping Sabah and Sarawak in migration within the Federation.This is a report by Haniff Baharudin.
The Enterprise team speaks to two individuals who moved from the Klang Valley to Sabah, in search of new entrepreneurial possibilities . Suchen SK lived in nine different countries before settling down in Sabah to pursue a photography career; Pravid Panickar headed to East Malaysia to build a business in waste management. The two gentlemen shares with us what life and business is like on the other side.
As Prime Minister Dato' Sri Najib Razak proclaims Sabah as the ideal embodiment of his signature 1Malaysia concept, we speak to Dr. Arnold Puyok from Universiti Malaysia Sarawak about the challenge of nation building and defining a common national identity in a country as diverse as Malaysia.
A national figure and a leader among his community, Tan Sri Leo Moggie is a political stalwart whose last post in Cabinet was as Minister of Energy, Communications & Multimedia until he retired in 2004. Tan Sri Leo who was only 22 in 1963 during the formation of the Malaysian federation shares the scepticism that permeated among the Dayak community at that time. Tan Sri Leo also weighs in on ongoing development challenges in East Malaysia and the controversy surrounding the use of the word Allah which has divided Malaysians.