Friday, February 02, 2007

Sabah and Western Australia aiming for Perth-KK flight

Kota Kinabalu: Mutual trust generated since a unique "friendship city" pact signed last year has infused confidence among the business communities of Kota Kinabalu and Western Australia's Rockingham city, said Mayor Barry Sammels, Thursday.

"We have had many discussions and identified many opportunities on both sides," said Barry of the historic Memorandum of Understanding with his counterpart Datuk Iliyas Ibrahim, at the Rockingham City Hall last November 17.

Sammels is leading a business delegation here for the KK City Day celebration, on invitation by Iliyas .

Among them include Justin Smith, President of Rockingham City Chamber of Commerce and Verghese Jacob, Regional Director of Kuala Lumpur-based Western Australian Trade Office. "We have certainly gained a lot of momentum over a short period of time," Sammels said, citing some industries getting very close to working with KK.

"One thing I would like to see is a direct flight between Perth and KK. Something we might be able to push from our end," he said, predicting that the hospitality industry here is going to "grow and grow." As for KK, Sammels said there has been a lot more development taking place since his last visit and believes the reasonable property prices should attract some Australians to invest here as well.

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