LIST OF IDS RESEARCHES FOR THE YEAR OF 2010-2011

1. MASTERPLAN STUDY FOR TONGOD AGROPOLITAN PROJECT

  • To prepare a comprehensive economic, social and physical development plan for the proposed Tongod (Ulu Tongod) Agropolitan area. This Agropolitan project as propounded under the Sabah Development Corridor (SDC) is designed primarily to eliminate hardcore poverty within the Agropolitan area by accelerating rural economic growth through agriculture and related activities. The anticipated growth would help bridge the disparity in development between rural and urban areas and should reduce by half the overall incidence of poverty by the end of the Ninth Malaysia Plan Period (2010). 

2. MASTERPLAN STUDY FOR BELURAN AGROPOLITAN PROJECT 

  • To prepare a comprehensive economic, social and physical development plan for the proposed Beluran (Ulu Lingkabau) Agropolitan area. This Agropolitan project as propounded under the Sabah Development Corridor (SDC) is designed primarily to eliminate hardcore poverty within the Agropolitan area by accelerating rural economic growth through agriculture and related activities. The anticipated growth would help bridge the disparity in development between rural and urban areas and should reduce by half the overall incidence of poverty by the end of the Ninth Malaysia Plan Period (2010).

3. MASTERPLAN STUDY FOR KOTA BELUD, PITAS AND KEMABONG SUB DISTRICT AGROPOLITAN PROJECT 

  • To prepare a comprehensive economic, social and physical development plan for the Kota Belud,Pitas and Kemabong-Sub district Agropolitan area aimed primarily at mitigating hardcore poverty in the district;
  • To identify and evaluate the impacts of the “Quick Win” (QW) and other projects on household income of hardcore poor (HCP), and employment opportunities;
  • To establish the key project design parameters, project requirements and components and timeline for implementation; and;
  • To determine the project cost components, participating agencies, and implementation framework.

4. STUDY ON ‘DEVELOPMENT PLAN FOR THE CROCKER RANGE PARK COMPLEX AND SUB-STATIONS’ 

  • To provide a sustainable development plan for four Sabah Parks Sub-stations i.e. at the CRP Complex (Keningau), Mahua-Gunung Alab (Tambunan), Inobong/ Salt Trail (Penampang) and Ulu Senagang-Mongool Baru (Tenom). The study will involve identifying the appropriate infrastructure, visitors’ facilities as to enhance their enjoyment and experience whilst maintaining and conserving the environment and creating economic opportunities in partnership with the local community.

5. REVIEW AND FORMULATION OF 2ND SABAH TOURISM MASTER PLAN 2011-2015 

  • Formulate a strategic development plan for tourism in Sabah to bring the industry to the next level of value added and long term sustainable growth in the use and management of Sabah’s touristic resources for the benefit of a wide range of stakeholders which include tourism players and rural communities; and Contribute significantly to Sabah’s economy in line with the objectives of Sabah Development Corridor.

6. TOURISM MASTER PLAN FOR THE COASTAL AREA BETWEEN TUARAN AND KOTA BELUD 

  • The principle objective of the project is to formulate a coastal tourism master plan for the coastal area between Tuaran and Kota Belud districts with long term sustainable growth strategy which will maximise the tourism benefits for Sabah for the future from coastal tourism development. 

7. KENINGAU INTEGRATED LIVESTOCK CENTRE 

  • The Keningau Integrated Livestock Centre (KILC) aimed to produce genetically - superior dairy cattle breeders based on the three tiers breeding concept – Nucleus, Multiplier and Commercial herds. The project is to support the development of a sustainable dairy industry in Sabah. Through this project, the shortage of genetically superior dairy cattle breeders that is a hindrance to the growth of the dairy industry in Malaysia and Sabah in particular could be addressed. The Nucleus Farm will ensure the continuous supply of high quality breeders to be distributed to farmers in the multiplier and commercial farms to increase productivity and income from milk production. This project is part of the Sabah Development Corridor initiative to develop the dairy industry, particularly in the Interior Agropolitan Zone.

8. BRUNEI MARKET SURVEY 2009/2010 

  • In view of the growing number of Brunei tourists visiting Sabah, the Sabah Tourism Board recognises the importance of having a proper profile to better understand the background of the visitors and feedback on what places and experiences that appeal to them. The study is mainly on field survey (personal interviews) targeting only Brunei tourists spending their holidays in Sabah.

9. STUDY OF PETROCHEMICAL INDUSTRY IN SABAH 

  • The feasibility and viability of establishing an oil and gas related industry in Sabah; 
  • The type of products and services suitable for the development of the petrochemical industry; 
  • The manpower requirement and employment opportunities in the oil and gas related industry; and 

10. STUDY OF KUDAT DEEP WATER OIL AND GAS SUPPORT SERVICES HUB 

  • To determine a viable business model for a deep water oil and gas support services hub in Kudat; and 
  • To prepare a physical master plan of the identified area which allows for sustainable activities based on the business model. 

11. STUDY ON POTENTIAL OF SWIFTLET FARMING IN SABAH 

  • To identify the potential of swiflet farming in Sabah; 
  • To examine the existing policies, regulation, rules, law and institutional legal framework at state, national and international level; and 
  • To formulate a set of guidelines on swiftlet farming in Sabah, taking into account environmental, health and sustainability concerns. 

12. VISITOR REQUIREMENTS AND SATISFACTION SURVEY 

  • The tourism industry in Sabah has contributed an estimated of RM 3.852 billion towards the state’s economy in 2009. Visitors’ arrivals have increased by 22.8% to 2.25 million from the 1.83 million recorded in 2005. Sabah Tourism Board recognizes the importance of having a proper profile to better understand the foreign tourists. In view of that, the Board has appointed Institute for Development Studies (Sabah) through its subsidiary, IDS Consultancy Services Sdn Bhd, to conduct a survey with the main objective of understanding the visitors’ requirements and satisfaction based on their experience during their visit in. The study is mainly on field survey (personal interviews) targeting only foreign tourist spending their holidays in major cities and towns of Sabah.