Move to encourage more industries in Mukah

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THE Regional Corridor Development Authority (RECODA) will review the need to implement the Matadeng Industrial Park project to encourage more industries in Mukah.

Deputy Minister of International Trade and Investment Malcom Mussen Lamoh said Matadeng was a strategic node in the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) development corridor, especially in the Mukah-Balingian coastal zone.

“Plans to implement the Matadeng Industrial Park have not yet been implemented.

“However, several projects have been implemented in the Matadeng area such as the operation of Matadeng Food Court by the Land Custody and Development Authority (LCDA) and the Kampung Matadeng Expansion Scheme which is under implementation by the Land and Survey Department,” he said.

He was replying to Abdul Yakub Arbi’s (GPS-Balingian) during question and answer time on the long-term investment plan by the government to add more industries in the Matadeng Integrated Industrial Estate.

Malcolm said among amenities built to support socio-economic activities and attract investment in Mukah area, including Matadeng, were two coal-fired power plants, new Mukah airport and several institutions of higher learning and technical training institutions.

“We have Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) Mukah, Research Centre UNIMAS, Laila Taib College, Mukah Polytechnic, and Mukah MARA Junior College Science in which the institutions would provide trained workers for industrial needs.

“The move will increase more socio-economic activities such as business and tourism as well as employment opportunities for the locals,” he said.

He also noted that his ministry would build an Anjung Usahawan (entrepreneurs platform) in Balingian which would be a centre for processing and selling local products to support small and medium entrepreneurs.

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