Deputy Premier welcomes investors to explore mining opportunities in Sarawak

Awang Tengah (center) and Sarawak delegation being briefed by one of the mine personnel during their benchmark visit to Micassa Gold Mine in Kirkland, Toronto.

By DayakDaily Team

KUCHING, June 16: Deputy Premier Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan welcomes investors and the Micassa Gold Mine company to explore opportunities, particularly mining in Sarawak.

According to a press statement today, Awang Tengah said this following his recent visit leading the Sarawak delegation for a benchmark visit to Micassa Gold Mine in Kirkland, Toronto.


The visit was to benchmark best practices of gold mining in the biggest gold mine with the highest grade in the world operated by Agnico Eagle Mines Limited.

The delegates were briefed on the Sustainability and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) management where the company shared their vision and mission on mining, including the compliance to industry’s Sustainability Standards.

They were also briefed on mining protocol of “Towards Sustainable Mining”, which is a globally recognised sustainability program that supports mining companies in managing key environmental and social responsibilities

Among others, the delegate has toured the underground mining and gold milling operations, which observed the various advanced techniques and technologies, including automation and digitalisation to enhance efficiency, safety and sustainability.

Gold mining in Sarawak has a long history dating back to the 1800s, but operations ceased in 1997 due to low market prices. According to geomapping survey estimations, there are commercially viable gold deposits evaluated at 3.3 million ounces that can be mined.

Currently, a Canadian company listed in the Australian Stock Exchange is exploring the potential of gold in the Bau area since 2010.

Accompanying the Deputy Premier were Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Urban Development Sarawak Datuk Len Talif Salleh, and Deputy Minister in the Sarawak Premier’s Department (Law, MA63, and State-Federal Relations), Datuk Sharifah Hasidah Syed Aman Ghazali and other senior government officials. –DayakDaily