Awang Tengah: Sri Aman Industrial Estate to boost business potential in rural areas

Awang Tengah (centre) being briefed on the progress of works on site by the project consultant.

KUCHING, July 26: The Sri Aman Industrial Estate will help to expand business potential, especially in rural areas, asserts Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan.

According to Awang Tengah, the Sri Aman Industrial Estate is conveniently located on a 5.5 hectares of industrial land near a main road and only approximately 2km away from the Simanggang town center.

“It consists of 21 industrial lots dedicated to general industries and is equipped with basic infrastructure such as road, drainage, telecommunications infrastructure, electricity and water supply.

“Apart from establishing industrial parks in major towns such as Kuching, Kota Samarahan, Bintulu and Miri, the establishment of the Sri Aman Industrial Estate by the Sarawak government as in other rural towns such as Bau, Betong, Kapit, Lawas, Lundu, Marudi and Sibu is intended to provide organised and conducive sites in rural towns aimed to expand their business potential,” he pointed out in a statement today.

Awang Tengah added, at the same time, it would also provide support and help in nurturing the growth and competitiveness of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the state.

Meanwhile, Assistant Minister for Community Wellbeing Datuk Francis Harden Hollis highlighted that the development of the industrial estate is timely due to the growing number of industries in town.

He noted, currently, the existing industries are scattered across Simanggang town with some located in residential areas.

“The first phase which consisted of earthworks and retaining walls, and is valued at RM5.1 million, was completed ahead of schedule in September 2019. The second phase consisting of infrastructure works valued at RM8.6 million is progressing well and expected to be completed in September 2021,” he added.

During the visit, the Deputy Chief Minister was accompanied by Francis, Assistant Minister for International Trade and Industry, Industrial Terminal and Entrepreneur Development Datuk Malcolm Mussen Lamoh, the ministry’s permanent secretary Datu Liaw Soon Eng and Sri Aman Resident Indit Bangai. — DayakDaily