Firms brief minister on expansion plans

HGST (Western Digital)’s new proposed plant.

KUCHING: Four companies in the Sama Jaya High Tech Park today (Tuesday) briefed Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan on their expansion plans totaling RM6.31 billion. 

The companies were Taiyo Yuden (Sarawak) Sdn Bhd, GST Malaysia Sdn Bhd, IMM Technology Sdn Bhd and LONGi Kuching Sdn Bhd.

The virtual meetings were also attended by Assistant Minister for International Trade and Industry, Industrial Terminal and Entrepreneur Development, Datuk Malcolm Mussen Anak Lamoh; Permanent Secretary to Mintred, Datuk Liaw Soon Eng; Sarawak Energy Berhad chief executive officer, Datuk Sharbini Suhaili; Malaysian Investment Development Authority (Mida) Sarawak director, Redzuan Abdul Rahman; Kuching Port Authority general manager Robert Lau and Kuching Water Board general manager, Rodziah Mohamad.

Virtual meeting between Awang Tengah and the HGST (Western Digital) team.

“These electrical and electronics (E&E)manufacturing companies have performed well even during the pandemic due to high demand globally for E&E related products such as solar, multilayer ceramic capacitors, aluminium substrates and copper foil. 

“Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, these multinational corporations in Sama Jaya have proceeded with their huge expansion plans, reflecting their total confidence in the state  government’s business friendly policy as well as its ability to contain Covid-19,” said Awang Tengah, who is also International Trade and Industry, Industrial Terminal and Entrepreneur Development Minister (Mintred).

He disclosed that almost all members of the 13,700 workforce in Sama Jaya had been vaccinated with the first dose under the Industrial Vaccination Programme (PPVIN).

According to him, the Sama Jaya High Tech Park exported RM6.93 billion worth of goods in 2020, an increase of 27.5 percent from 2019 (RM5.43 billion).