The Institute for Development Studies (Sabah) in-partnership with Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS), will be organising a Webinar on the State’s Industrialisation: A Solution to Migration and Youth Unemployment in Sabah.

Join us as we explore the secret recipe of industrial growth model which is crucial for state’s industrialisation to go forward and succeed where it can generate enough employment in Sabah to prevent migration and unemployment among youths.

Register now at secure your seat.



The manufacturing or industrial sector has a large footprint in many countries such as the United Kingdom, United States, Japan, Switzerland, Canada, China, Germany, Italy and South Korea. At the global level, the share of manufacturing in relation to global GDP was 15.6% in 2017. Its output is mainly used as intermediary inputs by all other industries. In China in 2019, the industrial sector accounted for around 27.5% employment in the country. China is the top nation in terms of manufactured output; it produces nearly 50% of the world’s industrial goods with the sector generating a significant percentage of national output. In developed countries, industrial production continued to grow with high-tech manufacturing and strategic emerging industries developing fast contributing to high economic growth. Similarly, the manufacturing play an important role in Malaysia. The average contribution of manufacturing to the country’s GDP from 2009-2019 is 39.19% and contributing an average of 27.27% in terms of employment from 2010-2020. Industrialisation bring numerous other advantages to the country. It could expand the import and export markets and improve trade balance. It also allows productivity level to increase, improved communication process, reduce cost of productions and makes goods and services more affordable, improve the quality of life of peoples, medical care and health. It also allows specialisation and innovation.


Industrialisation had hardly made significant progress in Sabah. The manufacturing or industrial contribution to the state’s GDP had remained low over the years. On the other hand, industrialisation in other areas of Malaysia has caused migration of Sabah’s youths to those areas. The main reason is a lack of job creation in Sabah which resulted in unemployment of youths. The continued migration of youths to Peninsular Malaysia and other countries gives a strong reason for Sabah to quickly progress itself into an industrialised entity. Industrialisation is the way forward. Furthermore, the ultimate success of any country or state in pursuing industrialisation depends on the right combination of many factors.  In order to move forward, it is important to evaluate the current status of manufacturing in Sabah. Thus, having the secret recipe of right industrial growth model or a very clear framework is crucial for state’s industrialisation to go forward and to succeed. The focus of industrialisation is meant to generate enough employment in Sabah to prevent migration and unemployment among youths. Therefore, the objectives of the seminar are:

  1. Increasing the public awareness especially youth on the vital role of industrialisation as job creation and providing opportunities to young people;
  2. To build bridges between manufacturers, government, technologists, research community, the academia, NGOs and industrial players by providing a platform to create new partnership, initiatives and actions connected to industrialisation in Sabah;
  • Providing insights into the available alternative framework and models for industrialisation and its prerequisites for success;
  1. Providing updates on government efforts towards industrialisation;
  2. Providing an avenue for entrepreneurs and business leaders to share their experiences and responses on the best way of job creation and effective solution to the migration and youth unemployment; and
  3. Providing a platform for youth to recommend ways of job creation.



For more information, please contact Organising Chairperson, Juliana Ringgingon at [email protected] or 088-450 500

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