The Borneo Post (Sabah)
Sabah govt committed to develop wood industries
KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah government is committed to develop the wood industries for the global and local market.
Deputy Chief Minister, Datuk Dr Joachim Gunsalam said that Sabah has quality woodbased products that have huge potential to be developed commercially and contribute to Sabah's economy.
He said wood industry entrepreneurs in Sabah from the upstream sector (forestry) and downstream manufacturers should sit down together and address issues related to the industry holistically and reach a long term solution for the sector.
Joachim who was visiting the Kimanis wood-based factories said that his visit was also to enlighten him on the problems faced by the factories on the whole.
He said that from his visit, he can see the various wood products including high quality wood that is being exported to overseas markets such as Germany, Poland, Japan, Australia, Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
At the same time, he also identified operational problems facing factories which include low supply of wood, high material cost, high freight charges, frequent electricity outages, high electricity tariff and slow internet connection.
“All these problems are disrupting the work flow and weakens the factories productivity and is viewed seriously by the government.”
Joachim also mentioned that his ministry, the Industrial Development Ministry, is in the process of preparing a masterplan for the wood industries in Sabah.
Among the factories visited yesterday were NWP Industries Sdn Bhd, Bidasari Sdn Bhd and Lamitech International Sdn Bhd.
Also present during the visit was Sabah Chief Forest Conservator, Frederick Kugan.