We believe SCORE has the ability to grow organically out of Samalaju to major cities in Sarawak like Kuching, Sibu and Miri. Essentially, we can deliver power from our hydro dams anywhere to power industries. As we increase our renewable energy output and distribute power further afield beyond the borders of Sarawak, I believe the State’s economy should become more sustainable for the long haul.
Undeniably, SCORE has achieved considerable success. Since inception, it has attracted a total of 22 projects in various industries with a total investment worth RM33.64 billion. This includes investment in aluminium, ferroalloys and polycrystalline silicon manufacturing in Samalaju Industrial Zone. SCORE is now in its second phase of implementation starting in 2016 until 2020.
SCORE owes its success so far to the team in RECODA that was set up in 2006 to oversee and manage the ambitious programme. RECODA, in the face of fierce competition from rivals and global competitors, has done well to promote SCORE among domestic and overseas investors.
Along the way, we need to make some adjustments so that the development of the central region of Sarawak can be more focussed and specific. For this reason, we have set up the Upper Rejang Development Agency (URDA) that comes under the purview of RECODA to enable development of the Upper Rejang area to be given the right attention.
It’s my fervent hope that RECODA can continue to move forward in parallel with our desire to transform Sarawak into a digital economy. We are now entering an era where digital technologies have set the wheel in motion for the Fourth Industrial Revolution or Industry 4.0 as the ecosystem takes shape with the advent of Big Data Analytics, Virtual Relaity, 3D Printing, Drones and Internet of Things (IoT). We have to attune our mindset to many things digital as ideas about them are no-longer far-fetched.
In conclusion, I sincerely hope that SCORE will continue to be a preferred destination for investors. The State Government on its part will work to ensure that its policies are always friendly to setting up of businesses and industries in Sarawak.
DATUK AMAR ABANG HAJI ABDUL RAHMAN ZOHARI BIN TUN DATUK ABANG HAJI OPENG
CHIEF MINISTER OF SARAWAK AND CHAIRMAN OF RECODA