OM Sarawak donates laptops, PPE to Bintulu Division Health Office

BINTULU (July 20): OM Materials (Sarawak) Sdn Bhd (OM Sarawak), an associate company of ASX and Bursa-listed OM Holdings Limited (OMH), has donated laptops and personal protective equipment (PPE) to the Bintulu Division Health Office today.

The donated items, consisting of laptops, disposable coveralls, latex gloves, medical gowns and hand sanitizers were handed over to Bintulu Division Health officer Dr Melvin Chung.

The items will be used to facilitate the Covid-19 vaccination programmes and various active case detection activities within the Bintulu Division.

OM Sarawak in a statement said the contribution would benefit the local authorities in their ongoing efforts to curb the Covid-19 pandemic.

The company also expressed its appreciation to the Bintulu Division Health Office and the local authorities for expediting the Covid-19 vaccination programme in Bintulu.

The rapid roll-out of the vaccination programme is vital to protect the community at large and reduce the risk of infection, it added.

The company previously donated about RM1.4 million worth of PPE to the healthcare frontliners to support the Sarawak government’s efforts in curbing the spread of the pandemic last year.

The safety and wellbeing of all employees and the local community remain a key priority for the company, it added.

“OM Sarawak is committed and will continue to provide support and contributions to the local communities in Bintulu, as well as the local authorities and State Government in containing the pandemic,” it said in the statement.

The company also extended its utmost appreciation to the health care frontliners and volunteers for their tireless and dedicated efforts in keeping the communities safe.

“Their resilience and determination during unprecedented times like this are highly commendable,” it said. – Source: The Borneo Post

Meet the people session at Long Jeeh, Ulu Baram

The Regional Corridor Development Authority (RECODA) has gone to the ground to engage with the people of Long Jeeh, in Ulu Baram to brief them on the benefits of a planned road project.

Highland Development Agency (HDA) Board Member and Baram MP Anyi Ngau, who was accompanied by HDA Regional Director Semuel Belawan, recently visited the rural community in the hilly terrain, where the main livelihood comprises of mixed farming.

The community were briefed on the proposed 30km Long Jeeh road upgrade project, which will also link nearby Long Selawan. The infrastructure project will be implemented by HDA, under RECODA.

The mostly Kenyah community plants peppers, Terung Asam eggplants and other crops.

“There is great potential for the area to be developed and the community to organise their mix cropping in the area to raise their income,” said Semuel.

RECODA joins online sharing session with economic corridor CEOs

The Regional Corridor Development Authority (RECODA) joined other economic corridor authorities in an online sharing session today with newly appointed Senior Deputy Secretary-General (TKSUK) of the Prime Minister’s Department, Dato’ Jamil Rakon.

Jamil, 59, who was previously the Secretary-General of the Ministry of Human Resources, hosted a video call with CEOs of authorities that manage five of the country’s economic corridors, namely: the East Coast Economic Region (ECER), the Northern Corridor Economic Region (NCER), Iskandar Malaysia (IM), the Sabah Development Corridor (SDC) and the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE), which is managed by RECODA.

RECODA CEO Datu Ismawi Ismuni briefly described the state statutory body’s evolving roles, which now include the implementation of not only Federal projects, but also state-funded infrastructure and socio-economic development projects.

These projects are high-impact and strategic in nature in order to accelerate economic growth and bridge the income divide between the urban and rural residents, Ismawi said.

And by laying down infrastructure facilities and providing amenities, investor interest could then be drawn into the state, he added.

One recent development initiative is the establishment of the three development agencies under the leadership of Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Abang Openg, namely the Upper Rajang Development Agency (URDA), the Highland Development Agency (HDA) and the Northern Region Development Agency (NRDA). Since 2019, these agencies have been allotted RM4.5 billion to carry out development projects in the central, highland and northern region of Sarawak.

To take on the expanded roles, Ismawi said RECODA has also undergone a corporate restructuring exercise since last year.

RECODA discusses with EPU on leveraging BIMP-EAGA, IMT-GT for growth

The Regional Corridor Development Authority (RECODA) joined in on a virtual meeting today chaired by YBhg Dato’ Ahmad Zamri bin Khairuddin, Director of the Regional Development Division from the Economic Planning Unit (EPU) in the Prime Ministers’ Department, to share input on the proposed National Strategic Action Plan.

This was held to provide a better understanding on the issues and challenges facing the Corridor Authorities in their participation in the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) and Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle (IMT-GT).

The meeting included a presentation by Asia Development Bank (ADB), represented by Bernard Tai, on the National Strategic Action Plan for Subregional Cooperation (2021-2025). The proposed plan’s main goal is for Malaysia to be able to effectively leverage IMT-GT to achieve its national development agenda.

“The plan includes 35 pilot projects which will be replicable and scalable, to be effectively used in respective regions, to spur growth and inject optimism into the market,” shared Dato’ Ahmad Zamri.

Also present virtually were the East Coast Economic Region (ECER), Northern Corridor Economic Region (NCER) and Sabah Development Corridor (SDC) to share key challenges faced in efforts to find solutions to effectively and efficiently optimise the benefits of BIMP-EAGA and IMT-GT.

“We would like to be given a more active role in subregional collaboration, subject to the capacity and resources available. We also intend to look into investing in data for marketing, business analysis, scientific and academic research to be able to effectively strengthen our network with international partners,” said RECODA Facilitation and Coordination Manager Khairina Dawek.

In addition to drawing investment to SCORE and creating job opportunities for Sarawakians, RECODA is also tasked with implementing infrastructure and socio-economic development projects.

RECODA, Wenan Steel touch base with education institutions on steel-making jobs

The Regional Corridor Development Authority (RECODA) today joined the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Research (MESTR), Wenan Steel (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd and the Department of Skills Development (JPK) Sarawak in an online meeting to brief education institutions on job opportunities in the steel industry. 

China-based Wenan Steel is investing into a steel manufacturing plant in the Samalaju Industrial Park in Bintulu, which is expected to be operational by 2024. The plant, the largest of its kind in Malaysia, is expected to have a production capacity of 10 million tonnes per annum and employ up to 4,000 people at various stages. 

Today’s meeting, hosted by MESTR, was to provide early awareness to institutions on potential future workforce requirements of the steel industry, as Wenan Steel’s project is already in progress.

“In the steel industry, we generally welcome all sorts of skilled workers, who may specialise in automation or even accounting,” said Wenan Steel Managing Director Gao Wei.

“The investment of the steel plant will contribute to the local economic, social and industrial development. Based on its expected dominant position in the steel industry chain, we expect to attract high technical talents and ambitious investors, and help accelerate Malaysia’s industrial growth,” he said. 

The site of the plant is currently undergoing earthworks, which is expected to be completed by March next year, added Gao Wei. 

Attending the briefing were representatives from institutions that included Advanced Technology Training Center (ADTEC) Bintulu, Sarawak Skills (PPKS), Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Centre of Technical Excellence (CENTEXS), Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus, Mukah Polytechnic, Kuching Polytechnic and Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) Bintulu Campus. 

Wenan Steel, which will utilise continuous casting in its steel-making process, will need technical specialists, industrial machinists, plant maintenance mechanics and special skills related to the steel-manufacturing sector. 

Also required are electrical & electronics, mechanical and chemical engineers as well as chemists, in addition to administrative staff.  

MESTR and the Department of Skills Development, under the Ministry of Human Resources Malaysia, also updated attendees on the National Occupational Skills Standards (NOSS) relevant to the steel industry as well as requirements for vocational training and upskilling programmes that may cater to the steel manufacturer’s workforce requirements.

RECODA’s role, meanwhile, is to facilitate engagement and collaboration between industry and institutions in order to match the workforce requirements of the industry. 

“Our part is to help plan, collaborate and administer programmes to upskill and reskill industry workers, particularly within the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) region,” said RECODA Facilitation and Coordination Manager Khairina Dawek. 

In addition to drawing investment to SCORE and creating job opportunities for Sarawakians, RECODA is also tasked with implementing infrastructure and socio-economic development projects.



Improvement of existing road to Long Laput, Miri division

The riverine settlement of Long Laput along the Baram River will soon have safe and comfortable access to the existing Lapok Road in the interior.

Residents of the Kayan-majority agricultural village, located some 20km south of Long Lama town in the Marudi district, will enjoy better road conditions and enhanced road safety while traversing through the improved road.

In phase 1 of an infrastructure project implemented by the Highland Development Agency (HDA) under RECODA, 4.925km of the existing earth road linking Long Laput will be upgraded to modified R1 Standard gravel road with 5-metre width carriageway.

The project, which began in December 2019, is expected to be completed within a few months with 55% of roadworks done.

The improved road will provide better mobility to key public social services such as health and education, according to the project’s benefits scope.

In the long term, the improved road will enhance road connectivity, which is important to stimulate social and economic development in the region. The main source of income for residents in the surrounding area is agriculture, such as rice, pepper and rubber.

Currently, construction of drainage structures is nearly complete, including the construction of one reinforced concrete pile culvert and surface drainage. Electrical posts, which were affected by road widening and slope stabilisation works have been relocated.

During the project, the existing access road is maintained to ensure it is passable to road users at all times.