‘Pro­posed in­dus­trial es­tate bet­ter site for light in­dus­tries’

The Borneo Post - - HOME - By Peter Boon re­porters@the­bor­neo­post.com

SIBU: The pro­posed in­dus­trial es­tate here will be a proper and bet­ter site for light man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­tries like ship­build­ing and re­pairs, ac­cord­ing to As­sis­tant Min­is­ter of En­tre­pre­neur and Small and Medium En­ter­prise (SME) De­vel­op­ment Datuk Mohd Nar­o­den Ma­jais.

He said th­ese in­dus­tries will spur re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties like ser­vices and sup­plies to sup­port ship­build­ing works.

“In other words, ac­tiv­i­ties like ship­build­ing will cre­ate ship­build­ing sup­ply chains.

“Ex­am­ples are the sup­plies of ma­te­ri­als, wa­ter­proof­ing paints and paint­ing works, in­sur­ances, en­gines and in­stal­la­tion, fur­ni­ture and many more.

“Th­ese are op­por­tu­ni­ties for other small and medium in­dus­tries. Hence, the set­ting up of the new es­tate will help to spur ac­tiv­i­ties that will in turn con­trib­ute to eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment in the ar­eas like Sibu, Mukah and Sarikei. And de­mand for marine cour­ses and train­ing at in­sti­tu­tions like Univer­sity Col­lege of Tech­nol­ogy Sarawak ( UCTS) will also rise,” Nar­o­den, who is also As­sis­tant Min­is­ter of E-Com­merce, told The Bor­neo Post yes­ter­day.

He was asked to com­ment on Deputy Chief Min­is­ter and Min­is­ter of In­dus­trial and En­tre­pre­neur De­vel­op­ment Datuk Amar Awang Ten­gah Ali Hasan’s state­ment that a new in­dus­trial es­tate would be es­tab­lished here to pro­vide fa­cil­i­ties for lo­cal small and medium en­ter­prises (SMEs).

Awang Ten­gah, who is also Min­is­ter of Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources, had said his min­istry was now work­ing with the Land and Sur­vey Depart­ment to iden­tify a site of about 100 acres for the pro­posed in­dus­trial es­tate.

Mean­while, Sibu Chi­nese Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try ( SCCCI) wel­comes the an­nounce­ment made by Awang Ten­gah that the govern­ment has a plan to set up a new in­dus­trial park in Sibu.

“It is wel­come news for Sibu busi­ness com­mu­nity and the en­thu­si­as­tic ap­plause from the close to 500 par­tic­i­pants in the half­day in­dus­trial and en­tre­pre­neur de­vel­op­ment sem­i­nar (on Wed­nes­day) is a strong in­di­ca­tion.

“That is what we have been ask­ing for. The set­ting up of a new in­dus­trial es­tate will lead to in­jec­tion of new in­vest­ment cap­i­tal and ex­pan­sion of new busi­ness and in­dus­trial ac­tiv­i­ties to ben­e­fit hun­dreds of lo­cal SMEs,” SCCCI pres­i­dent Dr Hii Sui Cheng said in a state­ment yes­ter­day.

With the new in­dus­trial es­tate cou­pled with bet­ter air con­nec­tiv­ity, start­ing with jet liner ser­vice between Sibu and Kota Kin­a­balu fol­lowed by oth­ers an­nounced re­cently by Datuk Ab­dul Karim Rahman Hamzah, the Min­is­ter of Tourism, Arts, Cul­ture, Youth and Sports, he said Sibu should wit­ness an ac­cel­er­ated pace of busi­ness ex­pan­sion and tourist arrivals.

In other words, ac­tiv­i­ties like ship­build­ing will cre­ate ship­build­ing sup­ply chains. Datuk Mohd Nar­o­den Ma­jais, As­sis­tant Min­is­ter of En­tre­pre­neur and Small and Medium En­ter­prise (SME) De­vel­op­ment

Hakim (right) pre­sent­ing the pres­i­den­tial in­stru­ments to Jong as other mem­bers of the com­mit­tee look on.

Dr Hii Sui Cheng

Datuk Mohd Nar­o­den Ma­jais

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