(From left) Sri Aman Resident Indit Bangai, International Trade and Industry, Industrial Terminal and Entrepreneur Development Ministry permanent secretary Datuk Liaw Soon Eng, Awang Tengah, Harden and International Trade, Industry Terminal and Entrepreneur Development Assistant Minister Datuk Malcolm Mussen Lamoh being briefed on the progress of the Sri Aman Industrial Estate.

SRI AMAN: More industrial parks will be developed in rural towns throughout the state, said Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan.

He explained that the move was aimed at providing organised and conducive sites for local businessmen to expand their potentials.

It was also a strategic approach by the state government to support and nurture the growth and competitiveness of the state’s small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

Awang Tengah, who is also International Trade and Industry, Industrial Terminal and Entrepreneur Development Minister and Second Minister of Urban Development & Natural Resources Minister, stated this during a visit to the site of the Sri Aman Industrial Estate here on last Sunday.

“Apart from focusing on major urban centres such as Kuching, Kota Samarahan, Bintulu and Miri, the state government will also establish industrial parks in rural towns such as Sri Aman, Bau, Betong, Kapit, Lawas, Lundu, Marudi and Sibu,” he added.

On the Sri Aman Industrial Estate, the deputy chief minister praised the contractor for completing Phase 1 ahead of the schedule by 189 days.

Earlier, during a briefing on the project, the consultant said it would have 21 industrial lots dedicated to general industries.

Sited on a 5.5-hectare industrial land by the main road and about 2kms away from here, the industrial estate will be equipped with basic infrastructure such as roads, drainage, telecommunication infrastructure, water and electricity.

The first phase of the project, which involved earthwork and retaining walls and is valued at RM5.1 million, was completed ahead of schedule in Sept last year.

The second phase, consisting of infrastructure work valued at RM8.6 million, is progressing well and expected to be completed in Sept next year.

Community Wellbeing Assistant Minister Datuk Francis Harden Hollis, who is also Simanggang assemblyman, accompanied Awang Tengah during the site visit.

Harden said the development of the industrial estate was timely.

The past few years had seen a growing number of industries in the town, he said, adding the existing industries were scattered across the town and that some were even located in residential areas.

Construction work being carried out at Sri Aman Industrial Estate site.