KUCHING: Nine companies have to date confirmed investments totalling RM20bil in the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (Score), Second Minister of Planning and Resource Management Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hassan said yesterday.
He said this was apart from the RM2bil investment by a Taiwanese company in the halal industry hub.
“The nine companies have confirmed starting their investments and one of them, Tokuyama of Japan, is already in Score,” he said after officiating at the 1Malaysia Character Building Forum.
He said the entry of foreign investments into Score proved that what the Government had been implementing to date had brought benefits to Sarawak not just from the economic aspect but also job opportunities which were expected to reach 1.5 million in 2030.
Meanwhile, commenting on the aluminium plant in Samalaju which is also within the corridor, he said the Government gave an assurance its implementation would not impact the environment as alleged by certain quarters.
Awang Tengah, who is also State Minister of Public Amenities, said it had been emphasised to the company involved in the project that it should not neglect the environmental factor before being allowed to start operations.
He said he had visited a number of aluminium plants overseas, such as in Australia and Dubai, finding they were built in residential areas and close to towns.
“They have enhanced the technology. What is important is that they must take seriously the environmental impact which is the key factor before implementing the project,” he added. Bernama