Awang Tengah: Relocation of Indonesian capital ‘Nusantara’ benefits Sarawak’s economy significantly

Awang Tengah (third left) at the NRDA Socio-economic LAB at Hotel Seri Malaysia in Lawas. Photo credit: Ukas

LAWAS, March 24: The involvement of local Sarawak companies such as Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) in the construction of large projects in Indonesia demonstrates appreciation for local Sarawakians’ expertise.

According to Sarawak Public Communication Unit (Ukas), Sarawak Deputy Premier Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan has travelled to Indonesia to finalise Sarawak’s involvement through SEB in the development of hydroelectricity in Kalimantan, Indonesia, which will be the new capital of Indonesia.

“They (Indonesia) have invited SEB to assist in the construction of hydroelectricity.


“We know that Indonesia intends to relocate the capital to Kalimantan, also known as Nusantara, and that they have a plan. As a result, that development will have an effect on us.

“It will also benefit us, particularly in terms of border trade, and we will be able to plan development in border areas,” he said.

On Tuesday (March 22), he spoke at the Northern Region Development Agency’s (NRDA) Socio-economic LAB, which was held at Hotel Seri Malaysia in Lawas.

Regional Corridor Development Authority (Recoda) chief executive officer Ismawi Ismuni commented on the organisation of the Socio-economic LAB, saying that it was held in line with the strategy to make Sarawak a developed state by 2030.

“The Sarawak government has outlined a very clear direction and allocated a massive allocation to double Sarawak’s economy so that it can become a developed and high-income state by 2030,” he stated.

He went on to say that this direction encompasses all development and socioeconomic projects in accordance with the Post Covid-19 2030 Development Strategy (PCDS) 2030.

Also present were Limbang Sebi Abang Acting Resident, Sarawak Social Welfare Director Noriah Abang, Sarawak Economic Planning Unit Deputy Director Lester Matthew, and Lawas District Heads of Departments and Community and Racial Leaders (KMKK). — DayakDaily