Sabah will become among the top five liveable places in Asia by 2025, said Sabah Institute for Development Studies (IDS) Executive Director Datuk Dr Mohd Yaakub Johari. He said with the implementation of the Sabah Development Corridor (SDC), making Sabah as one of the most preferred places to live in, was among the goals to be achieved under SDC over a three-phase period. “Phase one will focus on addressing the basics to support tourism development and laying the foundation for future growth. World-class tourism infrastructure and services will be put in place including nurturing a vibrant arts and culture scene. “Phase two will focus on strengthening Sabah’s position as a premier eco-adventure destination through conservation, research and sustainable development of new tourism products anchored by signature resorts. “Phase three will see Sabah being transformed into one of the most liveable places in Asia, a bustling metropolis within a tropical paradise,” he said when 30 foreign and local journalists visited him at IDS here, yesterday. Mohd Yaakub also told the journalists the agriculture sector would play a major role in eradicating poverty in the rural areas of Sabah under SDC. The journalists were on a week-long familiarisation visit to Sabah as part of a six-week course organised by the Malaysian Press Institute (MPI) and Universiti Malaya. Leading the group was Sabah Journalist Association President Datuk Jonistan Bangkuai.