MIRI: Sarawak wants to lure at least RM32bil from Chinese investors this year.
Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg said the state was on an aggressive drive to attract China businesses and industrialists or China-government linked companies to come to Sarawak.
Speaking at a Chinese New Year gathering organised by the Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) Miri-Sibuti committee on Friday night, he said China had the potential to become the biggest investor in Sarawak.
“Chinese businessmen and industrialists and development agencies from mainland China will play a big role in helping to propel Sarawak into the future.
“Malaysia is already getting some RM160bil in foreign direct investments from China.
“We, in Sarawak, foresee that we can secure at least 20% of those China investments for our state,” Abang Johari said.
He said Sarawak would also aggressively market its natural assets as tourism attractions to tourists from China.
“This state has unrivalled beauty when it comes to natural assets like mountains, beaches, caves, jungles and rivers,” said Abang Johari, who is also the State Tourism Minister.
“When it comes to tourism promotions in China, we will go big in promoting our natural assets.
“There is a big market for China tourists who are keen on enjoying nature and adventure.
“Sarawak has all these beautiful natural assets and Miri will be the entry point from the north.”
Abang Johari added that he would continue to uphold all the good policies put in place by the late Tan Sri Adenan Satem when the latter was chief minister for three years.
Adenan passed away on Jan 11. Johari took over on Jan 13.