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Sunday May 27, 2012

Taib proposes Lawas as location for fourth MRSM college

LIMBANG: Sarawak has proposed that the fourth Mara Junior Science College in the state to be built in Lawas to meet the educational needs of outstanding students in the northern part of the state especially from rural areas.

Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud explained that the new MRSM would complement the rapid development enjoyed by Lawas in Limbang Division currently.

“Lawas can be the site of the new MRSM college in the northern Sarawak,” he said when launching Pesta Lawas here yesterday.

On May 24, Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal was quoted in Betong recently as saying that the Federal Cabinet has approved the construction of the new MRSM in northern Sarawak with the location yet to be identified as discussions were still ongoing with the state government on suitable sites.

Shafie said the new MRSM college would be built under the current 10th Malaysia Plan (10MP) and that there were currently 46 MRSM colleges nationwide, three of which were in Kuching, Mukah and Betong in Sarawak.

Taib also hit out at Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) critics who claimed that it would only benefit nearby towns like Sibu and Bintulu.

“The idea that the project should be spread throughout the state so that many can get equal economic opportunities are outdated,” he said, adding that SCORE would create many spinoff economic employment opportunities just like the oil and gas industry in Bintulu and Miri.

“Like in Bintulu, there are those as far as from Sarikei and Sibu who benefited from the spinoff effects, with many working or setting up business in Bintulu.”

SCORE is located in the state’s central region and stretches 320km along the coast from Tanjong Manis in Mukah to Similajau in Bintulu and extends into the hinterland, covering remote, semi-urban and urban centres of growth.

Launched in 2008, SCORE is expected to be one of the main growth drivers towards enhancing more cluster-based industries once fully developed especially so with the priority industries, namely oil-based, aluminium, steel, glass, tourism, palm oil, timber-based, livestock, aquaculture and marine engineering. — Bernama

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