KUCHING — Sarawak, in addition to providing business premises to entrepreneurs, will build more industrial parks to cater to the needs of investors as well as the small, medium entrepreneurs to grow their businesses.
Its Minister of Industrial Development, Entrepreneur and Investment, Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan, said eight industrial parks, with an allocation of RM141.8 million, had been approved.
“The parks in Demak Laut, Kapit and Marudi Industrial Park are in various stages of implementation while land acquisition is being carried out by the Land and Survey Department for sites in Bau, Sri Aman, Lundu, Betong and Sebuyau,” he said.
Awang Tengah said this in his winding-up speech for his ministry at the State Legislative Assembly sitting here today. He said a 60-hectare site for Sibu Industrial Park has also been identified and land acquisition was in progress.
In Miri the RM60.6 million Bio-Tech Centre project located at Curtin University Miri Campus was expected to be completed by end-2017, he said. Awang Tengah said in line with the ‘Go Rural’ policy of Chief Minister, Tan Sri Adenan Satem, the ministry would continue to seek additional funding to develop more industrial parks in the state.
He said while the government has placed a lot of efforts to help the entrepreneurs by providing the necessary training assistance and infrastructure, they must be proactive, creative and innovative, leveraging on technology in order to be competitive in this challenging environment.
“If this issue is not properly addressed it would adversely affect the state’s industrialisation efforts,” he said.
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