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By Brad Rantayy
MIRI, Sept 3: The first stage of construction of the Pelita Maslaut Sdn Bhd (PMSB) complex in Miri has commenced today.
The first phase of the project worth around RM20million is expected to be completed in 18 months.
The overall construction will be carried out in two stages at the cost of RM30million.
“This complex, once completed will be the biggest institute offering seafaring courses in Sarawak,” disclosed Assistant Minister of Urban Development and Resources Datu Len Talif Salleh who is also Kuala Rajang assemblyman.
Len Talif said this after an earth-breaking ceremony held this afternoon in Tudan.
He added that the state government, via various agencies, will always give its cooperation and support because they want to see more young local people (Sarawakians) take seafaring courses as their career.
“We believe and are optimistic that this industry (maritime and seafaring) can help boost the state’s economies in the wake of the global crisis,” Len pointed.
He said that the selection of Miri city as the main location for PMSB’s main campus was the right choice, considering its strategic location for the industry to grow further.
The complex sits on a 15-acre piece of land and will be able to serve up to 1,000 trainees in seafaring courses at any one time once fully completed.
According to PMSB managing director Masni Amit, the construction works of the first phase was supposed to be carried out on April (this year), but was halted due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
PMSB was established in 2000 with its first headquarters set up in Sibu before they later expanded to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
With the construction of its latest edition (in Miri), it would be the biggest institute by PMSB, offering seafaring courses in Sarawak.—DayakDaily