HGST’s RM1b factory expansion plan to roll out jobs for 800 locals

Awang Tengah together with others in a video conference with HGST representatives.

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KUCHING, Nov 18: HGST Malaysia Sdn Bhd, which is owned by Western Digital and operating in Sama Jaya High Tech Park currently, will create an additional 800 job opportunities following its announcement of a RM1 billion factory expansion plan.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan emphasised that the American company’s expansion plan, particularly during this Covid-19 pandemic period, spoke volumes of the confidence of its American owners on Sarawak’s leadership.

“HGST is expecting construction to commence in early 2021. The new expansion will adopt Industry 4.0 and will require an additional 800 skilled manpower,” he said in a media release today.

Currently, HGST employed about 1,800 workers in Sama Jaya with 10.8 per cent were degree and master holders while 26.3 per cent were certificate and diploma holders and the rest were SPM and above graduates.

Western Digital to invest RM1 billion for their factory expansion in Sama Jaya High Tech Park.

Awang Tengah, who is also Minister of International Trade and Industry, Industrial Terminal and Entrepreneur Development (Mintred), was today given a briefing on the expansion plan from HGST representatives through a video conference.

HGST was presented by the senior director (Sarawak Substrate Operations) Chok Siong See, director (Sarawak Facilities Operations) Teo Lian Seng, vice president and general manager (Media and Substrate Operations) Oung Kheng Huat and Finance director Raymond Tan.

Assistant Minister of Entrepreneur and SME Development Datuk Mohd Naroden Majais, Assistant Minister of Industrial Development Datuk Dr Malcolm Mussen Lamoh, permanent secretary to Mintred Datu Liaw Soon Eng, Malaysia Investment Development Authority (Mida) Sarawak director Redzuan Abdul Rahman, Kuching Water Board (KWB) general manager Rodziah Mohamad as well as representatives from Department of Environment (DOE), Sarawak Planning Authority (SPA) and Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) were present. – DayakDaily