Yang Berhormat Dato’ Sri Mustapha Mohamad, Minister of International Trade and Industry Malaysia (MITI) visits Samalaju Industrial Park

YB Minister of International Trade and Industry (MITI), Dato’ Sri Mustapha Mohamed made his third official visit to Bintulu and Samalaju Industrial Park (SIP) on 25th April 2016.

The visit began with a tour of Samalaju Industrial Park with a stop-over at Samalaju Industrial Port. This was followed by a Networking Lunch hosted by RECODA and held at Samalaju Resort Hotel.

During the lunch, Tan Sri Datuk Amar Wilson Baya Dandot the CEO of RECODA, the agency responsible for the successful implementation of SCORE gave a briefing to the Minister on developments and progress since his last visit.

Following the presentation, YB Minister congratulated RECODA for achieving the highest approved FDIs in the country and recording investment of RM41 billion as announced by Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) in its 2015 annual report. YB Minister also commended the cooperation between investors and related agencies to address challenges and issues and working together to find solutions.

Delegates in the Minister’s entourage included En. Griffith Jones Goba (Director, MITI, Sarawak), senior officers from MITI, En. Arham Abdul Rahman (Executive Director Investment Promotion, MIDA HQ), En. Redzuan Abd Rahman (Director of MIDA Sarawak) and their respective assistants, YM Tengku Azmi Tengku Majid (Director of MPC, Kuching), En. Abdul Halim Abdullah (Regional Manager, SME Bank, Kuching), En. Esmawandy Mohd Esa (Director, SME Corp. Kuching) and Mdm. Leany Moktar (Director, MATRADE, Kuching).

State agencies present were led by Tan Sri Datuk Amar Wilson Baya Dandot the CEO of RECODA and senior officers from the State Planning Unit, Ministry of Industrial Development, Sarawak, Sarawak Energy Bhd, Bintulu Development Authority, JKR – Northern Regional Office, LAKU Management Sdn Bhd, Samalaju Industrial Port Sdn Bhd and Samalaju Properties Sdn Bhd.

Investors were represented by senior personnel from Tokuyama Malaysia Sdn Bhd, Press Metal Sdn Bhd, Pertama Ferroalloys Sdn Bhd, OM Materials (Sarawak) Sdn Bhd, Sakura Ferroalloys Sdn Bhd and Malaysia Phosphate Additives Sdn. Bhd.

‘Grand Finale’ Sejiwa Senada 2016 at Metro City

The last leg of the outstanding ‘Sejiwa Senada’ 2016 programme was held at Metro City, Jalan Matang just outside Kuching and attracted a massive crowd of 50,000 people from different backgrounds.

The “Sejiwa, Senada” carnival, held over four months and at nine locations across the length and breadth of the State of Sarawak attracted more than 1 million visitors and was an unprecedented success.

The carnival’s committee advisor Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg was pleased with the carnival and said that ‘Sejiwa Senada’ had given members of the public in many areas the opportunity to interact with members of the civil service and learn more about the Sarawak civil service’s transformation programme so far as it develops a citizen focussed Key Performance Index (KPI).

Based on his numerous discussions with citizens in different locations, Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg was convinced that ‘Sejiwa Senada’ had improved perceptions of the civil service and created a positive impact with the community.

Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem attended the closing ceremony and as soon as he arrived went straight on the stage and launched into his trademark version of the “The Young Ones”, much to pleasure of the enormous crowd.

Tan Sri Adenan drew a huge round of applause and a massive cheer when he followed “The Young Ones” with his version of Tan Sri P. Ramlee’s iconic ballad “Getaran Jiwa” getting the crowd to join in as they proudly waved the State flag.

Present during the event were members of the state Cabinet and Tan Sri Adenan’s wife, Puan Sri Jamilah Anu.

Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia visits Balingian and Mukah

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Ahmad Zahid Hamidi visited Balingian a small town on the banks of the Balingian river in the central region. Balingian is one of the areas within the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE).

During his visit, RECODA CEO Tan Sri Datuk Amar Wilson Baya Dandot briefed the DPM on SCORE developments in Balingian and Mukah during the visit.

This includes Sarawak Energy Bhd’s 2 x 300MW Balingian coal-fired power plant project that is due to come online in 2018. According to Sarawak Energy, the Balingian coal-fired power plant is one of many new power generation projects on Sarawak Energy’s drawing board.

Construction of the coal-fired power plant commenced in 2014 and upon completion, will generate 600MW of inexpensive energy for SCORE’s customers.

This new power plant will utilise rich local resources of coal to generate the energy source based on a sustainable development and operations programme.

The plant is located along the Balingian river, 25km due south-east of the existing Mukah 2 x 135 MW Power Station, and about 60km from Mukah Town.

In conjunction with the construction of the plant, Sarawak Energy will upgrade the existing access to the plant to a 6m wide, tar-sealed 23km road from the junction of Jalan Selangau to Matadeng.

Other plans include the construction of a 33kV overhead electricity line and the laying of a water supply pipeline in the area.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi officiated Sejiwa Senada 2016 in the grounds of the Samarahan District Office

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi officiated Sejiwa Senada 2016 in the grounds of the Samarahan District Office today.

Also present were Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri (Dr) Haji Adenan Bin Haji Satem, Chief Minister of Sarawak who attended with his wife Datin Patinggi Datuk Jamilah Anu, the Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu and the State Minister of Housing and Tourism Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Abang Openg.

The Sejiwa Senada Carnival held at Samarahan created history drawing a record 140,000 visitors during the three day program that ran from 15th to 17th April.

Sejiwa Senada is a state government programme created to give the state government and agencies the chance to reach out to large sections of the community and give the chance for the community to engage with leaders in their own environment.

RECODA has been a constant supporter of Sejiwa Senada and again participated in the Samarahan segment along with 212 agencies with 274 booths.

Sarawak Youth Forum 2016

A fantastic crowd of around 5,000 young people from all over the state of Sarawak attented the Tabung Ekonomi Gagasan Anak Bumiputera Sarawak (TEGAS) Youth Forum held at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK).

TEGAS was established by the State government in 2012 to help school leavers, especially those from outside the main cities who for whatever reason, are unable to pursue their further education.

This forum at BCCK was one initiative by the State government to raise the profile of the State’s technical and vocational education and training (TVET) sector and to give those Sarawakians who haven’t gone on to university the opportunity to participate in the growth of the State.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Haji Adenan Satem was among the panel of speakers at the forum, themed “Sarawak to be an Advanced and High Income State by 2030”. The forum included a 60 minute question and answer session where the participants had the opportunity to ask the Chief Minister questions on a number of topics.

Topics raised by participants included women’s equality, rural development, racial-based parties, English language proficiency and the age of the internet. The Chief minister noted how times have changed tremendously and youngsters today have access to more information more frequently and from more sources compared to 10, 20 and 50 years ago.

Also present at the forum were YB Datu Haji Len Talif Salleh, Assistant Minister in Chief Minister’s Office (Promotion of Technical Education), Assistant Minister of Environment, Ministry of Resource Planning & Environment and Chairman of TEGAS, Datuk Peter Nansian Ngusie, Chief Political Secretary to the Chief Minister, YBhg Datuk Dr. Pang Chau Leng, Director, Department of Skills Development Ministry of Human Resources and Abdullah Saidol and Balai Ringin State Assemblyman Snowdan Lawan.