KOTA KINABALU - Sabah's economic future remains assured with investments focusing on manufacturing and tourism on the upswing, said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman.
The state had received more than RM2.8 billion (S$1.09 billion) worth of investments in the first seven months of the year, he added.
This has placed Sabah in fourth place in terms of investments in the manufacturing sector in the country, Musa said at the investiture ceremony at the Istana Negeri in conjunction with the Yang DiPertua Negeri Tun Juhar Mahiruddin's 60th birthday celebrations yesterday.
He noted that last year alone, the state received investments exceeding RM5 billion for some 30 manufacturing projects.
On the tourism sector, Musa noted that Sabah received more than 621,000 visitors between January and July this year, an increase of nearly 15 per cent to the 541,500 tourists who visited the state during the same period in 2012.
Meanwhile, the Malaysian security forces were honoured at the celebrations.
Armed Forces chief Gen Tan Sri Zulkifeli Mohd Zin and Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Khalid Abd Bakar were among the six recipients of the highest state award, the Seri Panglima Darjah Kinabalu (SPDK), which carries the title Datuk Seri Panglima.
Also named as SPDK recipient was former IGP Tan Sri Ismail Omar.
The other SPDK recipients include state Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Hajiji Mohd Noor and his Tourism, Culture and Environment counterpart Datuk Masidi Manjun.
They were among the 823 recipients of the various state awards this year.
Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan was among 36 recipients of the Panglima Gemilang Darjah Kinabalu (PGDK) award carrying the title Datuk.
A parade at the Likas Sports Complex was also held in conjunction with the festivities yesterday.