KOTA KINABALU: The newly appointed Sandakan City Council President Datuk Peter Hii hopes to revive the district's glory days and is prepared to be saddled if he fails.
"If I fail to carry out my duties and responsibilities, fail to turn Sandakan into a booming or invest in our beloved city, then I'm ready to be placed in a shooting range," joked he.
The businessman said he was in a hurry to do this for the Sabah Wood Capital which was once known as "Little Hong Kong".
Hii said he is already looking at plans to speed up the development of the municipality that needs a strong economic base.
"Sandakan, despite being the home of former Prime Minister Tan Sri Musa Aman, is still suffering from a sluggish economy," Hii said in a statement.
"The key role of the board is to facilitate investment with the help of the state government," he said.
"There are certain areas that I look at to create an environment for the development of industries that can stimulate our local economy," he said.
Hii & # 39; s appointment has triggered a storm among several people, including those of the opposition.
He described the personal attacks against him as "nasty and unscathed"; and said that it would not stand in the way of making changes to the council that he hopes to be human and business oriented.
"For those who rightly or wrongly criticize me, I would say to them that I accept it with an open mind: I do not want bad, my focus is on Sandakan," he said.
"Do not judge me about my past, but do this at the end of my tenure," Hii said to thank the Warisan government for trusting him.
Apart from that, Hii is looking to improve the cleanliness in Sandakan, insist on the much-discussed start-up extension of the airport (to allow larger aircraft to land) to make Sandakan a favorite tourist destination and develop downstream industries in seafood, palm oil and wood.
"I will listen to development proposals and select the best for Sandakan with an advisory team," he said.