As a follow-up action, RECODA sat with a few relevant authorities which include the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA) and several telcos yesterday to discuss what is in store to beef up the telecommunication facilities at the Samalaju Industrial Park in Bintulu.
MCMC Director Adiman Ajem and SMA General Manager Dr Zaidi Razak broke the good news to RECODA CEO Datu Ismawi Ismuni and his team that plans are in the works to upgrade telecommunications at the industrial park within this year.
Also joining the online meeting were representatives from telecommunication firms Sacofa, Telekom Malaysia, Digi Telecommunications, Maxis Communications, Celcom Axiata and U Mobile.
The virtual engagement was initiated following the recent meeting between RECODA and industries in SIP which among others, raised the issue of the need for a faster broadband internet speed.
Ismawi expressed his hope that this telecommunication upgrade could be expedited to facilitate the industries within the industrial park.
“We are now in a new normal, where everything is dependent on internet connections,” he said.
SIP, which is managed by RECODA, covers an area of 8,000ha dedicated to energy intensive industries. The industrial park is about 60km away from Bintulu town.
Since its launch in 2008, SIP has been a hub for heavy and energy intensive industries such as priority industries in steel, aluminium, glass as well as oil and gas.
RECODA is tasked with implementing socio-economic and infrastructure projects in the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE).
The statutory body also promotes and facilitates investments to SCORE as well as create job opportunities for Sarawakians.