KUCHING: The state government will provide as much assistance as possible to foreign investors in the Tanjung Manis Halal Hub, which is part of the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (Score) development.
Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem said more opportunities would be opened up to potential investors in the hub, particularly in the food industry.
He said basic facilities and land were available for investors to develop industries for the export market.
“Let me say on behalf of Sarawak, we will assist you in every way you can if you invest here. So all you worry about is how to produce (goods) and make money.
“Leave it to us to sort out the bureaucracy. Our policy is free enterprise, leave the private sector alone and don’t interfere too much,” he said when opening a seminar on investment opportunities in the halal hub here yesterday.
Adenan said the state would also ensure skilled manpower for industries as it was now emphasising technical education.
“We will have enough trained manpower to develop these areas and assist foreign investors. With that in mind, we bid you welcome if you want to invest in Sarawak,” he said.
He also said Sarawak wanted to participate in the halal trade, estimated to be worth US$3 trillion globally, even in a minority position.
“I must admit we are a bit slow in developing this area. We have to catch up with the potential competition in this region.
“But the opportunities are there and the market is big enough for everybody to share,” he said, adding that the halal hub would be developed to cater to the regional and global markets.
Second Resource Planning and Environment Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan said the Tanjung Manis Halal Hub would provide opportunities for upstream and downstream industries as outlined in a master plan approved by the state government in December 2014.
“The halal hub and Mukah Smart City will explore the hinterland of Score for aquaculture, forest plantation, fishery and livestock farming.
“It provides facilities to implement upstream, midstream and downstream activities in the same area. This will create job opportunities for the locals,” he said.
He added that the halal hub would be the biggest in the region when fully developed, covering an area of 31,160ha.
Meanwhile, Dunia Melayu Dunia Islam president Tan Sri Mohd Ali Rustam said the organisation was keen to plant pineapple and coconut in the halal hub.
“We should have a working committee for this project soon and I hope within a few months something will happen,” he said.