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Old December 24th, 2008, 01:53 AM   #61
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Sarawak SEDC To Start Upgrading Flagship Properties Early Next Year
December 21, 2008 15:48 PM

KUCHING, Dec 21 (Bernama) -- The Sarawak Economic Development Corporation's (SEDC) five-year plan to upgrade its tourism flagship properties in view of changing times and new market trends is expected to start early next year, its chairman Datuk Talib Zulpilip said today.

He said SEDC's upgrading plans included refurbishment of the Kuching Waterfront, hotels (Holiday Inn Kuching, Crowne Plaza Riverside Kuching), as well as the Sarawak Cultural Village and Top Spot Food Court here so as to remain competitive.

"It (exercise) will take a few months to complete. The budget has been approved and sourced from our own internal funds," he told reporters at the reopening ceremony of the Sarawak Plaza shopping complex here by Kuching Hotels Sdn Bhd chairman Tan Sri Bujang Mohd Nor.

Located in the city's central business district along Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman here, Talib said RM3 million was spent on refurbishing the complex but SEDC would maintain the rental rates for the time being to assist the 41 tenants during these current economic downturn.

The refurbishment to improve the ambiance and facilities to make it more user-friendly to both shoppers and tenants took almost two months.

First opened for business in November 1985, the Sarawak Plaza, owned by Kuching Hotels, a subsidiary of SEDC has remained one of the premier shopping complex here.

Talib added that SEDC would not shelve or postpone its plans for the overall exercise even though the economy was not doing very well because the cost involved would be low now.

"We will continue to complement the state's efforts in promoting Sarawak as a premier tourist destination, bearing in mind that tourism is one of the key development strategies under the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (Score)," he said.

SEDC's involvement in the tourism industry dates back to 1976 with the opening of the first international hotel, Holiday Inn in Sarawak, followed by Riverside Majestic Hotel in 1992.

The Kuching Waterfront project was opened in 1993 and is regarded as one of the best examples of urban regeneration and rehabilitation projects in Asia as old shop houses and international-class hotels are nestled within a 500m radius.

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Pekerja mahir asing bakal isi kekosongan sektor tenaga di Score

KUCHING: Sebahagian besar tenaga kerja berkemahiran dalam pelbagai sektor industri berasaskan tenaga dan logam di Koridor Tenaga Diperbaharui Sarawak (Score) di wilayah tengah Sarawak, akan terdiri daripada pekerja asing.

Ketua Menteri, Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud, berkata perkara itu berlaku berikutan Score memerlukan 2.5 juta tenaga kerja terlatih dalam tempoh kira-kira 20 tahun, sedangkan kadar pertumbuhan jumlah penduduk Sarawak terlalu rendah, hanya 1.9 peratus setahun.

Beliau berkata, populasi semasa Sarawak hanya 2.4 juta, justeru mustahil negeri ini mampu menyediakan 2.5 juta buruh terlatih dalam tempoh kira-kira 20 tahun.

Katanya, Score dijangka menyediakan 69,000 peluang pekerjaan peringkat pengurusan dan profesional; 337,000 pekerjaan berkemahiran sederhana; 143,000 jurutera dan juru teknik serta 946,000 pekerjaan tidak mahir.

"Jadi untuk mengisi semua keperluan itu, Sarawak akan mengambil tenaga kerja berkemahiran asing yang diperlukan di Score.

"Apapun pengambilan mereka bagi mengisi semua jawatan yang memerlukan kemahiran tinggi lebih bersifat sementara, sebelum jawatan itu diisi oleh anak tempatan yang berkelayakan," katanya ketika menjawab soalan seorang peserta pada sesi dialog di Persidangan Perniagaan Sarawak, anjuran Institut Kajian Strategik dan Kepimpinan (Asli) di sini, semalam.

Hadir sama Setiausaha Kerajaan Negeri, Datuk Amar Wilson Baya Dandot dan Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif Asli, Datuk Dr Michael Yeo.

Taib berkata, memang benar kemasukan tenaga kerja asing ke Sarawak tidak semudah yang dicakap berikutan negeri ini mempunyai Undang-Undang Imigresen yang ketat, namun ia bukan alasan.
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RM500m projects for Sarawak

KUCHING: The Works Ministry will complete three bridge and two road projects worth nearly RM500mil in Sarawak this year, said minister Datuk Mohd Zin Mohamed.

He said RM191mil would be spent to upgrade the Kuching-Sibu trunk road from the Julau junction to

the Sibu Airport while a new

road costing RM201mil would

be built to link the proposed new federal administrative centre near here.

The bridges planned are across the Batang Loba Pulau and Batang Belawai rivers in central Sarawak (RM71.4mil) and Sungai Trusan in the north (RM31mil).

Mohd Zin said this in his speech which was read out by his deputy Datuk Yong Khoon Seng during

the opening of a briefing session on variation of prices and indus-

trialised building systems yesterday.

Mohd Zin said the ministry had increased its allocation for road and bridge projects in Sarawak under the Ninth Malaysia Plan by RM124mil to RM2.1bil.

As of last year RM1.44bil or 68.3% of the funds had been spent.

Mohd Zin said 38 of the 68 infrastructure projects under the 9MP had been completed.

The roads which have been upgraded are Jalan Tun Jugah to

BDC junction in Kuching costing RM98mil, Miri to Jalan Lutong (RM109mil), Jalan Oya-Mukah-Balingian (RM374mil), and Jalan Tanjung Genting-Paradom in Sarikei (RM21mil).

Part of the additional RM124mil allocated to the state would be used to upgrade Jalan Mambong Sejingkat here as a bridge across Sungai Kuap in the area was

now under construction, he


He added that more funds had also been made available for the construction of a road connecting Beluru to Long Teru and Long Lama in northern Sarawak.
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Sarawak Plans Study On SCORE's Workforce Need

BINTULU, Feb 16 (Bernama) -- The Sarawak Government plans to appoint a group of specialists from Australia to conduct a human resource study to meet the industrial need in the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) project, Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud said today.

He said the special study group would be appointed by the end of this year to look into the type of skills and knowledge required by the various industries involved in Score as well as in the project's spin-off activities.

He was speaking to reporters after officiating the Gulf Golden International Flying Academy (GGIFA) hangar and witnessing the handing over of training aircraft from Airflite Limited Australia and Cessna USA to the academy.

Taib said the group would conduct the study in collaboration with Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) which is expected to be completed in two years' time.

He said the study was vital at the early stage of the Score project implementation to make sure that the workforce, particularly Sarawakians, attained the right skills and knowledge required in this corridor development programme.

Taib, who is also the State Minister of Resource Planning and Management, said his concern was more on the human capital development as the basic infrastructure for the development of Score project had been in place.

The chief minister said the state government had agreed to offer a 30 percent discount to GGIFA for the price of a 45-acre land here that the academy had earmarked as the site for its new campus.

He said the discount would be given upon the completion of the project.

Earlier, GGIFA executive chairman Datuk Morshidi Abdul Rahman said it had requested for the discount as the cost of the whole area estimated at about RM120 million was deemed as "quite high".

He said at present the academy was training 120 trainees, comprising 60 from Sarawak and the remainder from Sri Lanka, Iraq, Iran, Singapore and Brunei.

GGIFA had also set up an office in India with the intention to facilitate recruitment of students from the country, he added.

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Sarawak halal hub attracts RM4bil outlay

TANJUNG MANIS: Six Taiwanese and five local companies have committed more than RM4bil in investments in the Tanjung Manis Halal Hub in Mukah Division in central Sarawak.

The Taiwanese firms under the SEA Party group will invest RM1.89bil in aquaculture projects, including rearing of fish, prawns and chickens, as well as in biotechology projects.

Abdullah (second left) launching the Tanjung Manis Halal Hub. With him are (from left) Second Minister of Planning and Resource Management Datuk Awang Tengah Ali Hasan, Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud and Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Alfred Jabu

They signed a leasing agreement for industrial land with Tanjung Manis Food and Industrial Park Sdn Bhd at the launch of the halal hub by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi yesterday.

The five Malaysian companies will jointly invest nearly RM2.2bil in the halal hub.

The biggest single investment of RM2bil will come from Najee Brothers Sdn Bhd, which will also venture into aquaculture projects.

Golden Priority Sdn Bhd will invest RM45mil in pineapple plantation and canning facilities while Pertanza Sdn Bhd plans a RM10mil catfish-farming project.

Intigrati Sdn Bhd has committed RM100mil to build a technical college for Sarawak Corridor of Renewal Energy while Musyati Sdn Bhd is expected to invest RM30mil to build hotels and restaurants.

The five companies signed triparite agreements for licences to occupy the land with state-owned Sarawak Timber Industry Development Corp (STIDC), Tanjung Manis Food and Industrial Park Sdn Bhd and Halal Industry Development Corp.

Also sealed at the ceremony was a sales and purchase agreement between STIDC and Tanjung Manis Food and Industrial Park for 1,012ha of land.

The halal hub is expected to involve the development of 16,000ha. Factories will be set up to produce halal food for the export markets.
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Abdullah Arrives To Open Tanjung Manis Halal Hub

TANJUNG MANIS (Sarawak), Feb 18 (Bernama) -- Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi arrived here this afternoon to launch the Tanjung Manis New Township Halal Hub.

Accompanied by his wife, Datin Seri Jeanne Abdullah, and Chief Minister, Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud, Abdullah was accorded a traditional welcome, steeped in customs and traditions of the Sarawak diverse ethnic groups at the project site.

Federal and state cabinet ministers, federal and state government officers, thousands of people from all walks of life, various races and religions were on hand to greet the prime minister who arrived at 3pm.

To mark the launch, six Taiwanese and three Malaysian investors will sign a land lease agreement and receive the permit to enter the project site.

Aquaculture, biotechnology and livestock projects will be implemented apart from setting up halal food processing estate and research and development centre.

Under the economic stimulus package announced in November last year, the Sarawak Timber Industry Development Corporation was tasked with developing Tanjung Manis.

It was allocated RM135 million to develop basic infrastructures for the hub.

Since the project was announced at the World Halal Forum in Kuala Lumpur in May 2008, the corporation received many proposals for halal-based industrial projects worth not less than RM2 billion, covering 47,000 acres.

The projects are expected to generate 3,000 jobs for locals.

The Tanjung Manis new township project started in 1990 with timber industries and has since diversified into deepsea fisheries industry, poic-palm oil industry cluster), petroleum and gas-based industries and shipping industry.

The launch of the halal hub is expected to increase diversity of the existing economic activities in Tanjung Manis.

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RM9 billion pour into Halal Hub in Sarawak
By Firdaus Abdullahfirdy@nst.com.my

TANJUNG MANIS: Sarawak's Halal Hub here charted a remarkable start with the signing of more than RM9 billion worth of investment agreements on the first day of its official existence.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, who launched the 16,000ha Halal Hub, the largest in the country, witnessed the signing of the investment agreements by local and foreign investors.

The investments in the hub, which falls under the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy or Score, were for a variety of livestock and food production related industries, a technical college and a 3-star hotel in this once quiet fishing village.

"The launching of the Halal Hub here today is testimony of the government's commitment towards the well-being of the people.

"This is not an exclusive project but rather an inclusive project that will benefit the locals," Abdullah said at the launch yesterday.

"The locals must be trained to play a part in the specialised industries like biotech, aquaculture and food production. We don't want the locals to be mere spectators."

The prime minister also urged future industries in the area to give priority to local workers.

He urged locals here and the surrounding areas to grab the opportunities and not wait for the government to persuade them.

"All elected representatives must also ensure that the people are aware of the opportunities presented by the creation of the Halal Hub here. This is the biggest and the most important growth area in the country."

Abdullah also called on the government and private bodies to set up skills training institutes in areas where industries were expected.

"We must prepare our people before the industries start operation, not after."

Abdullah said the Federal Government would continue to support the Sarawak government in its endeavours to attract investors.

Earlier, Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud revealed that despite the current financial crunch, Score had sealed several long-term investments.

"With the completion of Bakun (hydroelectric dam) and the expected commissioning of the Murum (hydroelectric dam) by 2010, we should have between 9,000 and 10,000MW of electricity for our energy intensive industries.

"Tanjung Manis, with its natural inland port and with the Halal Hub, would eventually be connected to the surrounding areas like Mukah with good infrastructure. Tanjung Manis is an integral part of Score," Taib said.

The Halal Hub is being developed by Sarawak Timber Industry Development Corporation (STDIC) with close cooperation with the Halal Industry Development Corporation (HDC).

Present were STIDC chairman Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hassan and HDC chairman Tan Sri Syed Jalaluddin Syed Salim.
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Universiti Limkokwing pilih Sarawak

KUCHING 19 Feb. - Kolej Universiti Teknologi Kreatif Limkokwing (Universiti Limkokwing) mahu menjadikan Sarawak sebagai destinasi pilihan serta hab utama dalam pendidikan antarabangsa pada masa akan datang.

Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif Universiti Limkokwing, Profesor Datuk Ar Parid Wardi berkata, untuk tujuan itu, institusi pengajian tinggi tersebut akan mengukuhkan lagi pendidikan global dan memainkan peranan membawa lebih ramai pelajar dari luar negara untuk meneruskan pengajian di negeri ini.

Katanya, Limkokwing Sarawak juga mahu membantu dalam membangunkan ekonomi negeri ini dengan memperkayakan modal insan bertenaga mahir di kalangan anak-anak tempatan bagi menampung keperluan sumber manusia untuk menjayakan Koridor Pembaharuan Tenaga Sarawak (SCORE).

''Dengan menerapkan teknologi kreatif serta pemikiran kreatif terkini, kami yakin dapat membangunkan modal insan yang mempunyai ilham dan pemikiran penting dalam proses transformasi Sarawak kepada ekonomi inovatif.

''Rakyat Sarawak begitu kreatif dan ini terbukti dalam banyak perkara yang mereka ceburi," katanya pada majlis Perasmian Laman Web Kolej Universiti Teknologi Kreatif Limkokwing di Kampus Sarawak di Jalan Nanas di sini hari ini.

Majlis perasmian disempurnakan oleh Ketua Menteri Sarawak, Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud.

Hadir sama Timbalan Ketua Menteri Sarawak, Tan Sri Alfred Jabu Numpang; isterinya yang juga Pengerusi Majlis Pentadbir Universiti Limkokwing; Senator Puan Sri Empiang Jabu serta Presiden yang juga pengasas Universiti Limkokwing, Prof. Emeritus Tan Sri Dr. Lim Kok Wing.

Dalam pada itu, Ar Parid berkata, menerusi laman web yang dilancarkan itu, Universiti Limkokwing bukan sahaja menarik pelajar luar negara ke Sarawak bahkan mempromosikan negeri ini ke seluruh dunia apabila melayari antara web universiti paling popular di dunia itu.

Katanya, Universiti Limkokwing menerima empat juta pelawat laman web setiap bulan dan 60 juta setiap tahun dari 188 buah negara dari seluruh dunia.

Tambahnya, pada laman web tersebut boleh dimasukkan maklumat mengenai Sarawak seperti kebudayaan, ekonomi serta sosial yang terdapat di negeri ini.

''Kita mahu membawa seluruh dunia datang ke Sarawak dan meletakkan Sarawak ke persada antarabangsa menerusi hubungan bidang pendidikan yang dibangunkan oleh Universiti Limkokwing selama ini," ujarnya.
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SCORE tarik minat pelabur jangka panjang
KUCHING 25 Feb. - Sarawak yakin krisis kewangan global tidak memberi kesan yang buruk kepada pelaksanaan Koridor Pembaharuan Tenaga Sarawak (Score) memandangkan pelabur yang berminat bersifat jangka panjang.

Ketua Menteri Sarawak, Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud berkata, persaingan dalam industri berat sentiasa berterusan dan memerlukan mereka terus melabur bukan untuk tempoh masa yang pendek.

''Kemelesetan sememangnya memberi kesan. Tetapi bagi syarikat besar, mereka bukan fikir melabur untuk hari ini atau esok tetapi melabur untuk jangka panjang.

''Syarikat besar ini telah membuat komitmen dan mereka tidak menarik hasrat untuk tidak melabur di negeri ini," katanya selepas merasmikan cawangan pertama Kuwait Finance House (M) Bhd., (KFH) di Sarawak di sini hari ini.

Turut hadir, Pengarah Urusan KFH, Datuk K. Salman Younis dan Menteri Perumahan Sarawak, Datuk Seri Abang Johari Tun Openg.

Abdul Taib berkata, dengan pemintaan tinggi dalam industri berat, Sarawak akan meneruskan usahanya membangun serta membekalkan tenaga elektrik bukan sahaja untuk penggunaan domestik tetapi juga untuk dieksport.

Malah jelas beliau, tenaga elektrik dari Sarawak mampu untuk disalurkan kepada Semenanjung pada tahun 2015 dengan keupayaan sebanyak 2,000 Megawatt.

Terdahulu pada ucapannya, Abdul Taib memberitahu pertumbuhan institusi kewangan masa kini menunjukkan ekonomi negara masih kukuh.

Bagaimanapun jelas beliau, institusi kewangan Islam terutamanya perlu inovatif dan kreatif supaya tidak terheret sama dengan krisis kewangan global.
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Government Mulls Sending Surplus Energy From SCORE To Peninsular Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 26 (Bernama) -- The government is considering transmitting excess hydro power generated at the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) to Peninsular Malaysia, the Dewan Rakyat was told today.

Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Tan Sri Amirsham Abdul Aziz said the surplus energy might also be sent to Sabah and Kalimantan, an Indonesian province bordering Sarawak.

The government would nevertheless focus on development of heavy industries first so that the energy produced could be fully utilised in Sarawak, he said when replying to a supplementary question from Datuk Dr James Dawos Mamit (BN-Mambong) during question time.

He had asked whether the surplus energy from SCORE would be channeled to Sabah, Kalimantan or Peninsular Malaysia.

Earlier, replying to Chong Chieng Jen (DAP-Bandar Kuching) on SCORE, Amirsham said though the real impact from SCORE is still too early to be seen, several indicators showed encouraging performance especially in terms of investments.

Thus far, close to RM80 billion worth of projects have been committed to SCORE's development vis-a-vis RM34 billion investment target until next year, he said.

He said foreign investments are mainly from the United States, China and Japan.

The bulk of the investment commitments are in the sectors involving huge investments, particularly in heavy industries, such as aluminium smelting and energy generation, he said.

Under the Mid-Term Review of the Ninth Malaysia Plan, the minister said RM2.5 billion has been allocated to SCORE, one of the five regional development corridors being implemented by the government.

Of the RM1.035 billion allocated for SCORE this year, RM414 million has been channelled to the Sarawak state government to start initial work for all the nine projects suggested by the state government under SCORE.

Implementation of the projects would have high impact on the people, especially people residing in the central region, covering Bintulu, Mukah, Miri, Sibu, kapit and Sarikei, in business and employment aspects, he said.

The nine recommended projects are building an access road to the Murum Dam project site in Kapit; access road to Kapit town; access road to Baram Dam in Miri; access road to Baleh Dam site, access road to Limbang Dam; build a road to Tunoh, Kapit; build a new airport in Mukah; provide piped water supply to Samalaju; and build Samalaju industrial estate.

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ZPTM diluas tingkat kapasiti Score

ABDUL Taib Mahmud (tengah) melihat model projek Pembangunan Pelabuhan dan Terminal Minyak di Tanjung Manis pada perasmiannya di Kuching, semalam. Turut kelihatan dari kiri, Alfred Jabu Numpang, Bujang Mohd Nor, Abang Johari Tun Openg, Awang Tengah Ali Hassan.


KUCHING 27 Feb. - Zon Perindustrian Tanjung Manis (ZPTM) perlu diperluaskan sebagai usaha meningkatkan kapasiti pembangunan di wilayah Koridor Pembaharuan Tenaga Sarawak (Score).

Ketua Menteri Sarawak, Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud berkata, zon tersebut kini yang hanya seluas 6,474.9 hektar boleh dipertimbangkan untuk ditingkatkan keluasannya kepada 18,615.5 hektar.

Menurutnya, ini bagi menempatkan projek Pembangunan Pelabuhan dan Terminal Minyak di Tanjung Manis bernilai RM600 juta.

''Projek tersebut adalah di bawah tanggungjawab ASSAR Senari Group, Perbadanan Pembangunan Industri Perkayuan Sarawak (STIDC) serta rakan kongsi mereka yang lain.

''Pembangunan projek tersebut secara tidak langsung menggerakkan ekonomi serta memberi manfaat kepada penduduk di Tanjung Manis, Sibu dan kawasan sekitarnya," kata beliau.

Beliau berkata demikian pada majlis penganugerahan dan menandatangani Projek Kompleks Dua Industri STIDC/ASSAR Senari Group (ASIC DUA) di Tanjung Manis, Mukah di sini hari ini.

Hadir sama Timbalan Ketua Menteri Sarawak, Tan Sri Alfred Jabu Numpang, Menteri Perancangan dan Pengurusan Sumber II Sarawak, Datuk Seri Awang Tengah Ali Hassan, Menteri Perumahan Sarawak, Datuk Seri Abang Johari Tun Openg dan Pengerusi ASSAR Senari Group, Tan Sri Bujang Mohd. Nor.

Pada masa sama, Abdul Taib mahu Perbadanan Elektrik Sarawak (SESCo) dan Tenaga Nasional Bhd. (TNB) memastikan kejayaan projek Bakun dalam usaha meningkatkan bekalan tenaga elektrik untuk ZPTM.

Beliau percaya kejayaan projek Bakun bukan sahaja dapat membekalkan tenaga elektrik untuk pembangunan di Score tetapi turut menarik para pelabur dari luar negara.

Tambahnya, kejayaan projek pembangunan di Score pula akan dapat meminimumkan pembuangan pekerja akibat krisis ekonomi dunia yang melanda ketika ini.

''Contohnya, fasa pertama projek di Tanjung Manis itu akan memerlukan seramai 500 pekerja dan ia secara tidak langsung membuka peluang pekerjaan kepada penduduk di negeri ini dan meminimumkan pembuangan pekerja," katanya.

Dalam pada itu, ditanya mengenai penurunan kadar tarif elektrik di Sarawak, Abdul Taib berkata, proses mengenai perkara itu masih dalam perbincangan.

Bagaimanapun, beliau memberitahu, tarif elektrik di negeri ini masih pada kadar rendah berbanding tarif di Semenanjung.

Secara purata tarif elektrik Perbadanan Elektrik Sarawak (SESCo) adalah 29 sen/kWh manakala Tenaga Nasional Berhad (Semenanjung) 32.5 sen/kWh.
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Tanjung Manis berubah wajah


pengurus Besar Pusaka, Len Talif Salleh (dua dari kanan) memberi penerangan kepada Abdullah Ahmad Badawi mengenai pelan pembangunan Hab Halal Tanjong Manis sambil diperhatikan Ketua Menteri Sarawak, Abdul Taib Mahmud (dua kiri) pada majlis pelancarannya di Tanjung Manis, baru-baru ini. - UTUSAN / AMIR HAFIZ ABD. RAHMAN


TANJUNG MANIS 2 Mac - Dulu Tanjung Manis yang terletak di Kuala Batang Rajang lebih dikenali sebagai sebuah perkampungan nelayan kecil yang dipenuhi pokok nipah dan hutan bakau.

Namun kini, Tanjung Manis yang majoriti penduduknya kaum Melanau dibangunkan sebagai sebuah bandar industri baru yang merangkumi bidang perikanan, perkayuan, hab halal dan perkapalan.

Usaha kerajaan untuk membangunkan kawasan tersebut bermula setelah menjadikan Tanjung Manis sebagai kawasan industri hiliran perkayuan pada tahun 1984.

Komitmen itu berterusan setelah kerajaan melancarkan Koridor Pembaharuan Tenaga Sarawak (SCORE) tahun lalu.

Ia merangkumi keluasan 70,708 kilometer persegi bermula dari Bintulu ke Tanjung Manis.

Usaha kerajaan untuk menarik lebih ramai pelabur di Tanjung Manis diperkuatkan dengan membina lebih banyak infrastruktur asas termasuk lapangan terbang, pelabuhan, telekomunikasi, air dan elektrik.

Malah, semasa pelancaran SCORE, kerajaan turut mengumumkan untuk membina sebatang jalan raya baru sepanjang 325 kilometer yang menghubungkan kawasan Tanjung Manis hingga ke Samalaju di Bintulu bagi memacu perkembangan koridor tersebut.

Terbaru, pada 18 Februari lalu, Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi melancarkan Hab Halal Tanjung Manis (HHTM) yang dijangka bakal menarik pelaburan bernilai RM9 bilion.

Hab halal yang terletak di dalam kawasan Koridor Pembaharuan Tenaga Sarawak (SCORE) itu merupakan pangkalan produk halal terbesar di Malaysia untuk meneroka pasaran industri halal dunia.

Bagi penduduk sekitar Tanjung Manis, usaha kerajaan itu merupakan rahmat bagi mereka yang mendambakan pembangunan sekali gus mampu meningkatkan ekonomi rakyat.

Menurut mereka, zon perindustrian yang dibuka itu akan membuka peluang pekerjaan dan memperkenalkan tempat mereka kepada masyarakat luar.

Bagi Fredy Jumaat, 22, pelancaran HHTM di Tanjung Manis akan membuka banyak peluang pekerjaan terutamanya kepada anak tempatan Sarawak.

Menurutnya, ketika ini ramai anak jati dari negeri ini yang mencari rezeki di Semenanjung kerana berpendapat sukar untuk mencari peluang pekerjaan yang lumayan di negeri mereka sendiri.

Katanya, peluang pekerjaan yang banyak itu akan membolehkan mereka berjasa kepada negeri sendiri.

''Ia sekali gus akan membantu rakyat meningkatkan ekonomi," katanya kepada Utusan Malaysia di sini baru-baru ini.

Bagi Aswadi Hanafi, 20, HHTM merupakan salah satu projek yang mampu dibanggakan rakyat Sarawak kerana ia akan menjadi pangkalan produk halal terbesar di Malaysia bagi meneroka pasaran industri halal dunia.

''Baguslah, selepas ini rakyat Malaysia dan dunia akan lebih mengenali kawasan ini antara kawasan termaju di negara ini," ujarnya.

Usop Pengkoh, 50-an berkata, HHTM dapat mengurangkan pergantungan kerajaan terhadap rakyat asing.

Katanya, ia merupakan faedah yang baik terutamanya bagi rakyat Sarawak yang ketika ini kebanyakannya merantau di Semenanjung dan Singapura bagi mencari pekerjaan.

''Adalah satu kerugian sekiranya rakyat negeri ini tidak memanfaatkan peluang yang diwujudkan kerajaan di Tanjung Manis ini," jelasnya.

Sementara itu, Sa'anah Shuhaili berkata, pembangunan kawasan Tanjung Manis secara tidak langsung akan membawa pelabur luar dan pelancong untuk datang ke situ.

Usahawan tenun songket dari Belawai itu menjelaskan, kedatangan pelancong itu akan dapat membantu usahawan di Tanjung Manis untuk mempromosikan hasil buatan mereka kepada pelancong.

''Malah, pembukaan kilang-kilang ini akan menarik lebih ramai tenaga kerja untuk berada di sini dan sekali gus membantu penduduk memperbaiki taraf ekonomi dan memasarkan produk mereka," jelasnya.
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Lapangan terbang baru RM200j di Mukah

MUKAH 26 April - Dua projek infrastruktur baru akan dilaksanakan di bandar Mukah dalam masa terdekat dan ia merupakan buah tangan tidak ternilai yang diumumkan Ketua Menteri Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud sempena Pesta Kaul bermula semalam.

Abdul Taib memberitahu, pembinaan lapangan terbang baru akan dimulakan secepat mungkin menerusi peruntukan RM200 juta disalurkan Kerajaan Persekutuan.

''Projek ini akan dilaksanakan secepat mungkin bagi menggantikan lapangan terbang lama Mukah yang pada masa ini hanya mampu menampung pesawat ringan sahaja," katanya pada majlis pecah tanah bagi pembinaan bangunan pusat pentadbiran Mukah di sini semalam.

Menurutnya, apabila siap kelak, projek itu selaras dengan hasrat kerajaan menyediakan kemudahan pengangkutan moden untuk manfaat rakyat.

Lapangan terbang baru itu dikatakan mampu mengendalikan pesawat 737.

Katanya, ia merupakan pelaburan jangka masa panjang kerajaan untuk menarik aktiviti pelaburan di kawasan yang terletak dalam Koridor Tenaga Diperbaharui Sarawak (Score).

''Ini merupakan antara projek yang kerajaan laksanakan di bawah Rancangan Malaysia Kesembilan. Harapan kita agar rakyat terus mendapat manfaat dari segala yang kerajaan lakukan," katanya.

Selain lapangan terbang, bandar Mukah juga akan menerima bangunan pejabat pusat pentadbiran yang baru.

Bangunan berkenaan dibina setinggi lima tingkat di atas tanah seluas enam hektar.

Ia bakal menempatkan pejabat daerah, Syarikat Sesco Berhad, pejabat Lembaga Pembangunan Koridor Wilayah (Recoda) dan pejabat-pejabat jabatan dan agensi kerajaan yang lain.

Kerja-kerja pembinaan bangunan yang terletak berhampiran Menara Pehin Setia Raja dijangka mengambil masa dua tahun.

''Projek ini dibina bagi memastikan pengurusan aktiviti-aktiviti di bawah Score dapat dikendalikan dengan cekap," katanya.
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Pembangunan kedua Sarawak


KUCHING 28 April - Pembangunan fasa kedua Sarawak bukan hanya bertumpu kepada pembangunan fizikal tetapi juga kemajuan secara menyeluruh membabitkan modal insan di kalangan rakyat tempatan bagi memenuhi keperluan di Koridor Tenaga Diperbaharui Sarawak (Score).

Ketua Menteri Sarawak, Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud berkata, projek Score adalah pembangunan peringkat tertinggi dalam politik pembangunan di negeri ini yang akan memberi limpahan manfaat kepada rakyat tanpa mengira bangsa dan agama.

Menurutnya, pembangunan seterusnya di negeri ini bukan lagi soal membina jalan raya, sekolah, perparitan, insentif tanah atau sebagainya, tetapi tanggungjawab sekarang adalah membangunkan modal insan yang mahir serta profesional.

''Perkara paling sukar adalah membangunkan modal insan berkualiti dan kita memerlukan tempoh 14 hingga 15 tahun bagi melahirkan tenaga kerja profesional dan berkemahiran tinggi.

''Ini kerana pembangunan pada masa akan datang membabitkan penggunaan teknologi tinggi dan canggih, maka kita perlu ada tenaga mahir di kalangan rakyat tempatan yang berpengetahuan menggalas cabaran tersebut,'' katanya.

Beliau berucap merasmikan Majlis Seminar Gelombang Kedua Pembangunan Untuk Ketua Masyarakat Negeri Sarawak di sini hari ini.

Abdul Taib berkata, pembangunan di Score memerlukan pelaburan sebanyak RM330 bilion dan Sarawak tidak mampu membangunkannya sendiri memandangkan Keluaran Dalam Negara Kasar (KDNK) negeri ini hanya RM65 bilion.

Bagaimanapun katanya, kestabilan politik, ekonomi serta pentadbiran cekap daripada kerajaan mampu menarik pelaburan luar negara.

Malah kata beliau, Sarawak mempunyai kelebihan ekoran mempunyai tenaga hidro untuk menyokong pertumbuhan Score yang menarik minat banyak syarikat antarabangsa melabur ke negeri ini.

Sehubungan itu, Abdul Taib memberitahu, kerajaan negeri tidak perlu mempunyai rancangan induk ekonomi tetapi cukup dengan mempunyai dasar politik pembangunan untuk membawa Sarawak dan rakyatnya ke mercu kejayaan.

''Teras perjuangan kita (kerajaan) adalah mahukan rakyat memperoleh kemajuan serta kemakmuran, namun, ia menuntut usaha daripada setiap rakyat untuk merealisasikan Sarawak sebagai sebuah negeri yang maju pada 2030.

''Kita perlu menebus kemiskinan yang dialami 45 tahun lalu yang memerangkap rakyat daripada kemajuan dan mereka harus keluar daripada perangkap tersebut dengan memikirkan keperluan masa depan generasi akan datang," ujarnya.

Sehubungan itu, Abdul Taib mahu setiap pemimpin kaum, penghulu serta ketua kampung menceritakan pengalaman sendiri ketika berdepan dengan kemiskinan kepada rakyat agar masyarakat menyokong dan mendokong dasar pembangunan negeri.
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Score tak pinggir kepentingan Orang Ulu

MIRI: Kerajaan tidak pernah mengetepikan kepentingan suku kaum Orang Ulu di Sarawak dalam usaha menjayakan pelaksanaan projek pembangunan dalam program Koridor Tenaga Diperbaharui Sarawak (Score).

Timbalan Menteri Perdagangan Antarabangsa dan Industri, Datuk Jacob Dungau Sagan, berkata semua kaum di negara ini diberi keutamaan dan tidak disisihkan dalam pembangunan yang dirancang kerajaan.

Beliau berkata, ia selaras dengan strategi baru kerajaan sekarang yang nampaknya amat serius mengambil beberapa strategi dan pendekatan pembangunan untuk meningkatkan kualiti hidup masyarakat Malaysia termasuk Orang Ulu, selaras dengan konsep Satu Malaysia.

“Justeru, masyarakat Orang Ulu perlu sama-sama memastikan kejayaan program berkenaan supaya mereka turut mendapatkan manfaat maksimum projek terbabit,” katanya pada majlis penutupan Simposium Budaya Orang Ulu, selama dua hari, di sini, malam kelmarin.

Beliau yang juga Ahli Parlimen Baram, berkata tiga pendekatan utama perlu diambil untuk menyahut harapan itu termasuk menggunakan ilmu pengetahuan sebagai kunci utama pembangunan.

Pendekatan lain, katanya, ialah menggunakan landasan sedia ada seperti Score untuk meningkatkan penyertaan mereka dalam pelbagai industri yang dilaksanakan.

Mengenai penganjuran simposium itu, Jacob berkata ia tepat pada masanya untuk menyemarakkan lagi usaha bersepadu masyarakat Orang Ulu menyertai pembangunan yang dirancang kerajaan.

Beliau berkata, resolusi dari simposium itu yang akan dihantar kepada kerajaan untuk diberikan pertimbangan sewajarnya.

Pada majlis yang sama Jacob menyampaikan bantuan kerajaan berjumlah RM30,000 kepada Persekutuan Persatuan Orang Ulu Sarawak selaku penganjur simposium.

Lebih 1,000 ahli wakil daripada sembilan persatuan di bawah naungan persatuan itu menghadiri simposium dua hari berkenaan.
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Sarawak Company Seeks Opportunities From Stimulus Package And SCORE

By Caroline Jackson

KUCHING, May 4 (Bernama) -- Hock Seng Lee Bhd, the Sarawak-based marine engineering specialist which has RM1.7 billion worth of projects in hand, is eyeing opportunities from the recently announced economic stimulus package for 2009-2010 and the implementation of the Sarawak Corridor for Renewable Energy (Score).

Its managing director Datuk Paul Yu Chee Hoe, expressed confidence that Sarawak would continue to require the company's reclamation and construction services for such initiatives, including Score's development of the still remote areas of the central region and efforts to provide greater linkages between energy-producing hubs and larger cities which hold out the promise of infrastructure and construction works.

"The value of our projects in hand is at a record high, keeping our people and our machinery busy but with the economic downturn, the situation is challenging and we have to be vigilant on cost controls, keeping financing and cash-flow issues uppermost on our minds," he said in the company's latest annual report released here today.

The company's shares on Bursa Malaysia were traded four sen higher at 70 sen at 11.06 am today.

HSL currently has RM1.7 billion worth of projects in hand, including RM905 million secured in 2008, with the RM452 million contract for the first phase of a comprehensive centralised sewage system for Kuching city notable among the new projects.

"We have commenced work on phase one of Kuching's centralised waste water management project and our site operations are presently focused at the treatment plant site near to the Tun Salahuddin toll-bridge, with survey and setting out of the first piping routes later this year," he said.

Yu said that last year, eight projects worth RM136 million were completed, including three major Public Works Department road contracts in Samarahan and Mukah as well as dredging works for Kuching Port Authority.

Looking ahead, he said the company needed to exercise business acumen to confront procurement and financial management as the credit market was tight and public sector budgets under pressure.

He cited the drastic fluctuation in material prices last year which was impossible to forecast.

"For example between the end of 2006 and mid-2008, that is between the time of tendering or negotiating many contracts and their actual execution, the market price for diesel increased from RM1.58 per litre to RM3.60 per litre, steel from RM1,800 per tonne to RM4,200 per tonne and cement from RM247 per tonne to RM275 per tonne" he said.

HSL group's revenue amounted to RM309.07 million in 2008, up 25 percent from 2007's revenue of RM248.17 million while profit before tax rose to RM56.46 million from RM53.7 million.

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Dr Chan: More briefings scheduled to attract FDIs into SCORE

KUCHING: The state government has organised roadshows in several countries to attract foreign investments in the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE).

Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr George Chan Hong Nam said the investment trips covered the Middle East, Norway, China, Singapore and Brunei.

While foreign ambassadors and high commissioners had been briefed on it, he said more briefings were scheduled during the Malaysia-China Business Council annual joint council meeting and the Malaysia-China business forum here in August.

Dr Chan, who is also the state Industrial Development Minister, said companies and members of the business chambers in China would be invited to the forum.

Since its launch 15 months ago, Dr Chan said SCORE was progressing well, based on the many enquiries received from potential investors.

“We are confident that investments coming into SCORE will generate new business and job opportunities for Sarawakians,’’ he said, adding that the government would carry out a comprehensive human capital development plan to support the industries in SCORE.

A consultant had predicted that SCORE would create 1.6 million jobs by 2030.

Dr Chan said Sarawak approved some RM20bil worth of foreign direct investments (FDIs) last year.

“This high level of foreign investments indicates that the new strategy of the state government to attract more FDIs by tapping our rich natural resources, such as hydro-electricity, coal and silica sand, is the right approach,” he said, adding that the investments came mainly from Austra*lia, China, Japan and the Netherlands.
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PNB dijemput melabur jayakan Score

KUCHING: Kerajaan Negeri sedia menerima pelaburan baru daripada Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB) terutama yang membabitkan usaha meningkatkan keupayaan industri berat yang dirancang dilaksana di bawah Koridor Tenaga Diperbaharui Sarawak (Score).

Ketua Menteri Sarawak, Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud, berkata Score memerlukan banyak pelabur tempatan dan luar dengan PNB dijemput bersama pelabur sedia ada membangunkan pelbagai projek penting yang dirancang dibangunkan dalam tempoh 20 tahun.

Beliau berkata, PNB melalui syarikat majoritinya seperti MNRB Holdings Berhad, CCM Berhad, Sime Darby dan UMW Toyota Motor telah banyak melabur dalam pelbagai sektor berkepentingan tinggi bagi menjana ekonomi negeri.

"Selain CCM yang telah melabur RM50 juta bagi pembinaan kilang baja di Bintulu dan Sime Darby yang mempunyai 48,250 hektar ladang sawit di Sarawak, kita mengalu-alukan PNB membuat pelaburan tambahan di sini.

"Saya yakin dengan keupayaan dan pengalaman yang dimiliki PNB selama 30 tahun, mereka dapat membantu Sarawak membangunkan industri di bawah Score yang jelas memerlukan pengurusan modal cekap," katanya selepas merasmikan Majlis Bersama PNB 2009 di sini, semalam.

Hadir sama Pengerusi PNB, Tun Ahmad Sarji Abdul Hamid; Setiausaha Kerajaan Negeri Sarawak, Datuk Amar Wilson Baya Dandot dan Presiden merangkap Ketua Eksekutif Kumpulan PNB, Tan Sri Hamad Kama Piah Che Othman.

Terdahulu dalam ucapannya, Taib menyifatkan, PNB telah banyak berjasa kepada rakyat Sarawak sehingga berjaya mengubah nasib penduduk yang pernah dibelenggu kemiskinan sehingga menjadi antara negeri terkaya di Malaysia.

Ahmad Sarji dalam ucapannya, berkata kira-kira 10 peratus dari modal keseluruhan PNB dimiliki 887,000 rakyat Sarawak dengan ini menjadikan penduduk negeri ini antara pemilik saham penting dalam syarikat multi nasional tempatan.

"PNB telah berjaya mendidik rakyat terdahulu yang tidak mempunyai pendidikan tinggi mengenai peluang menanam modal dengan penduduk telah mula yakin dengan peluang pelaburan mudah yang ditawarkan kerajaan.

"Pembangunan Sarawak tidak boleh dipisahkan dengan PNB kerana saya boleh mengatakan satu pertiga dari ekonomi negeri dipacu syarikat-syarikat yang mempunyai pelaburan secara langsung bersama PNB," katanya.

Sementara itu, Ahmad Sarji dalam ucapannya, berkata kira-kira 10 peratus dari modal keseluruhan PNB dimiliki 887,000 rakyat Sarawak dengan ini menjadikan penduduk negeri ini antara pemilik saham penting dalam syarikat multi nasional tempatan.

"Sejumlah 9.14 bilion unit saham amanah dimiliki pelabur Sarawak dengan wang berkenaan digunakan bagi pelaburan dalam syarikat utama negara menjadikan rakyat Sarawak juga terbabit dalam menjana ekonomi Malaysia.

"Hampir 83 peratus dari keseluruhan saham amanah pelaburannya adalah kurang dari 10,000 unit dengan ini menunjukan kita mempunyai ramai pelabur berpendapatan rendah dan sederhana yang mahu melabur," katanya.
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Naim plans eyeing major infrastructure and property projects in Sarawak

KUCHING: Construction company Naim Holdings Bhd is eyeing major infrastructure and property development projects in Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE).

Senior vice-president/director Ahmad Abu Bakar said Naim was in talks with state agencies and other interested parties on several development proposals within SCORE.

“However, discussions are still at the preliminary stage,” he told StarBiz.

SCORE will be driven by the development of Sarawak’s abundant hydro and coal resources to generate electricity to power energy-intensive industries, like alunimium smelters, to be set up with the regional economic development belt.

Sarawak is now building the proposed Murum dam – which could generate about 900MW - in the upper Rejang Basin in central Sarawak. Murum is located upstream of the on-going Bakun hydroelectric dam project capable of generating up to 2,400MW.

Several other hydro dam projects have also been planned in the upper reaches of the Rejang River.

To provide accessibility to these proposed dam sites, Sarawak Second Finance Minister Datuk Wong Soon Koh said recently that six major road projects, with a combined length of 403km, within SCORE would be built.

The design for the access road from Jalan Bakun extended to Murum has been completed while other proposed access roads are still being designed.

Meanwhile, Naim was close to securing two road projects worth RM250mil in Sarawak, said Ahmad. The projects are funded by the federal government under the stimulus package.

He said Naim had an outstanding net order book of RM2.5bil that could keep the group busy in the next five years.

Its ongoing projects include a RM630mil contract from Syarikat Perumahan Negara Sdn Bhd to build some 5,000 residential homes in Kuching, Samarahan and Miri divisions, the RM310mil Bengoh dam near here, RM150mil phase one, Kuching flood mitigation project in Matang (the entire project is estimated to cost RM1.6bil), a RM188mil road project in Sibu and the proposed RM90mil Sarawak Islamic Centre project here.

Ahmad said Naim sold 633 houses and shophouses worth RM165mil last year. For the 2009 first quarter, it raked in some RM26mil from the sales of 103 such properties.

“Our target this year is to sell 800 units, 80% of them residential homes. Unsold houses (mostly high end), commerical units and detached lots are worth about RM20mil,’’ he said, adding that the company was carrying out various promotion activities to attract buyers.

Ahmad said Naim would save at least RM5mil this year through a series of cost-cutting measures introduced last year.

Naim posted a group net profit of RM83mil on a turnover of RM524mil for the financial year ended Dec 31, 2008 compared with RM80mil and RM646mil respectively in 2007.

For the first quarter ended March 31, Naim chalked up a group net profit of RM17mil on revenue of RM95mil.

Naim’s 36%-owned Dayang Enterprise Holdings Bhd contributed RM22mil in net profit to the group last year.
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Sarawak approves RM80b investments for Score
By Desmond DavidsonPublished: 2009/06/12

THE Sarawak Regional Economic Development Authority (Recoda) has approved 24 investments worth over RM80 billion for implementation in the state's new economic growth area, the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (Score) over the next five years.

The projects are estimated to generate over 20,000 jobs, excluding preparation of the basic infrastructure and plant site and construction of the factories.

Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud said the two biggest projects approved are an aluminium smelter in Mukah and a polysilicon plant in Bintulu.

Press Metal Bhd's aluminium smelter has a capacity of 100,000 tonnes per year and is expected to start production in August, with an initial production of 50,000 tonnes per year.

On the Tanjung Manis halal hub, which is projected to draw some RM10 billion in investments, Taib said so far some RM400 million have been invested in the hub that covers an area of 16,000ha.

"This is out of the RM2 billion to be invested (in the hub) in the next five years," he told reporters after chairing Recoda's first meeting in Kuching yesterday.

Construction of the halal hub laboratory is expected to start at the end of this month or early next month.

"I hope by 2013, things would be visible on the ground," Taib said.

Recoda, which manages and promotes the development of Score, has spent about RM1 billion in preparing the authority and providing the basic infrastructure in the corridor since its formation two years ago.

These include manpower planning and training, the building of the Mukah airport, planning and designing of the roads to Baram and Murum, and setting up the industrial parks such as the 6,000ha Similajau industrial park in Bintulu.

Taib said the tender to construct the road to Murum, where a hydroelectric dam is to be built to provide some of the huge amount of energy needed to run the power hungry industries in the corridor, would be out later this year.

He also announced that state secretary Datuk Amar Wilson Baya Dandot would be appointed as the general manager of Recoda when he retires in August.

Recoda on its website states that its primary goal is to create 1.5 million new jobs in Score and drive the state to achieve an average gross domestic product growth of 5.5 per cent per year by 2030.

To achieve that, it projects an investment of RM305 billion over the next 20 years.
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