KUCHING: Sarawak has a huge potential to become Southeast Asia’s food basket in the halal industry.
International Trade and Industry, Industrial Terminal & Entrepreneur Development Assistant Minister, Datuk Naroden Majais said Sarawak has a lot of strategic locations for the industries to blossom. This includes reasonably priced industrial land along with low water and electricity tariffs.
“We have our strengths (that can be applied in the industry). We have a stable government that can attract investors to the state.
“In fact, Sarawak has been a foreign investment destination for the last few years,” he said when officiating at a ‘Halal is Global’ seminar at a hotel here.
Naroden also noted that the state government was providing various incentives to the industries.
“The latest being the state government’s micro credit scheme (SKMS). In our 2020 State Budget, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg allocated RM30 million for the scheme.
“This is targeted towards small and micro entrepreneurs under which they can apply for a maximum loan of RM50,000 to grow their business” he said.
The assistant minister said that halal products are clean and of high quality.
“It should be noted that ‘halal’ does not only apply to the food industry.
“It also applies to the medical, cosmetic and apparel industries. Because of that, ‘halal’ products can be accepted in non-Muslim markets as well.”
Naroden said Malaysia, in general, has in place policies to aid the industries. The country offers various financial aid through its agencies, he said, adding that Malaysia has among the best investment and business policies in the world.
Among those present was Cooperative Institute of Malaysia (IKM) deputy director-general Ramlan Kamsin.