BAU: Works for phase one of the Bau Industrial Estate are expected to commence this year.
Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan said the site for the industrial estate has already been identified and the state government is now in the process of getting back the state land.
He said the location of the industrial estate will be near Bau Hospital.
“We are going to do this in stages, starting with phase one and then to be followed by the second phase.
“Hopefully the first phase can be implemented this year,” he told reporters after officiating at the handing over of land titles under Section 18 in Singai area in conjunction with the ‘Leader with the people’ session (Singgai Zone) Bau District 2020 held at Kampung Bobak Sejinjang’s Multipurpose Hall yesterday.
He said allocation for the project has already been approved but the cost involved will only be known at a later date.
Awang Tengah, who is also the International Trade and Industry, Industrial Terminal and Entrepreneur Development Minister, said a consultant has also been appointment to do the building design.
“With this industrial estate, it will provide more business opportunities, especially for the local Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).
“Look around here, there are many agriculture products being abandoned. So with this industrial estate in place, we can make use of the resources here and process them into foods or handicrafts,” he said.
Last year when tabling the State 2020 Budget, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg announced that Sarawak has set aside RM65 million for the development of industrial estates across the state beginning this year.