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Sabah deputy president:

"Malaysia must look into the cannabis industry or we will be left behind"

The Sabah government has been urged to consider new cash crop industries like medical cannabis and industrial hemp to boost state economic development.

Moyog assemblyman Datuk Darell Leiking said these industries were new but very much talked about, adding that neighboring countries like Singapore, Thailand, and Indonesia have ventured into growing these crops. "We must be brave enough to move into these industries because countries like Singapore have moved into the packaging of medical cannabis while Thailand has gone into industrial hemp and medical cannabis crop production. We must also look into this, or we will be left behind," said the Parti Warisan Sabah deputy president at the state Legislative Assembly meeting on December 6.

Earlier, during his debate speech, Leiking said Sabah should no longer be seen as just an agrarian state, but a state capable of producing premium agricultural products. "My opinion is that Sabah can never beat the Philippines and Indonesia in terms of production by volume, but we can compete in terms of quality and standard of products produced."

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