SS: Necessary for new thinking on industrial by-products

KUCHING: State Secretary Tan Sri Datuk Amar Haji Mohamad Morshidi bin Abdul Ghani says that manufacturers in the State need to adopt a new way of thinking in terms of how they look at industrial by-products.

He explained the state government was mindful of the advancements made in waste management technology, especially after learning from the experiences of some countries in utilising industrial waste or by-products for productive purposes.

“In this respect, there is a need for a complete rethinking of ‘waste’ and to analyse if waste is indeed waste. A new thinking that calls for ‘waste to become wealth’, ‘refuse to become resource’, or ‘trash to become cash’,” he said, when launching the ‘Industrial By-Products Management and Business Opportunities Conference’, held at Borneo Convention Centre, Kuching, yesterday (Monday).

However, the State Secretary stressed that although there were numerous possibilities to turn waste into business opportunities, industries must never compromise on the safety of the environment or the safety of users of the by-products.

On a point made about Samalaju Industrial Park, the State Secretary also added, “It is our commitment to see Samalaju as a place to work, a place to live and a place where people will get jobs and enjoy the development of a liveable town, and for future generations and not a place for dumping of any slightest possible hazardous waste being deposited.

“It is a place which will not shun away investors or not shun away people from enjoying and benefiting the fruits of an environmentally well-planned township of Samalaju.

He also pointed out that the Government is committed to ensure all the industries in the State will always be environmentally friendly.

“The Governement will not compromise at all on this and have a clear policy in place to get everyone to be responsible for themselves, for the people and for the country in the long run.”

He therefore felt the Conference on Industrial By-Products Management and Business Opportunities was particularly relevant for Sarawak and for the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) especially since most of the industries in Samalaju Industrial Park in Bintulu were already in operation.

Meanwhile, more than 200 participants from the private and public sector as well as institutions of higher learning attended the conference, which was organised by the state government in collaboration with the ferroalloy industries operating in Samalaju Industrial Park.

The conference saw speakers from United Kingdom, France, Norway, Korea, Germany and Malaysia delivering presentations on the current issues and latest trends in industrial by-products management.

The organisers believed that creating awareness on the management and business opportunities of industrial by-products would be pertinent in the development of SCORE, where in recent years the State has witnessed the rapid growth of new industries, especially in the Growth Node of Samalaju.

Some of the conference participants will get the chance to see for themselves the vast potential and progress of SCORE as the conference organisers also arranged for a visit to Samalaju Industrial Park in Bintulu, today (Tuesday).

The conference was organised by State Planning Unit of the Chief Minister’s Department in collaboration with Sakura Ferroalloys Sdn Bhd, Pertama Ferroalloys Sdn Bhd and OM Materials (Sarawak) Sdn Bhd, and sponsored by Regional Corridor Development Authority, Sarawak Energy Bhd, Cahya Mata Sarawak Bhd and Sarawak Convention Bureau.