Time to go fishing, Taib tells companies

Happy....Sarawak Head of State Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud and wife Puan Sri Kurdi Taib looking amused as a monkey king danced around them during a grand CNY dinner by the Federation of Chinese Association in Miri on Saturday night. Stephen pic

MIRI: Sarawak Head of State Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud has called on Chinese entrepreneurs in the state to venture into the multi-billion ringgit fishing industry.

He said this was one area which Sarawak had yet to fully tap.

“Sarawak has the longest coastline in the country which means that we have the biggest sea territory (South China Sea),” he said at a Chinese New Year gathering here organised by the Federation of Chinese Associations.

“The sea is a place with muliti-billion worth of resources in marine life.

“We do not have large fleet of vessels that can harvest huge amount of fishes and other maritime resources.”

He said Sarawak’s Chinese entrepreneurs had already done well in the oil and gas industries, the timber sector, agriculture, plantations, and retail businesses as well as construction.

“It is time they take up new ventures and the fishing industry is one that they should explore,” he added.

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