Lawas’ strategic position opens potential for investment, economic growth and job creation

Awang Tengah (third right) presenting school bag to a student. Photo credit: Sarawak Public Communications Unit

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LAWAS, Jan 18: Lawas can leverage its strategic geographical position to attract investors such as in the oil and gas sector that could help drive the economy and create more job opportunities for locals. 

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan emphasised that if materialised, future investments can provide job opportunities for at least 15,000 workers and stimulate local economic growth through tourism as well as for small and medium enterprises.

“This is why the government is working hard to improve and enhance the infrastructure needed in rural areas including Lawas. 


“Many projects are being implemented now such as water and electricity supply and telecommunication,” he was quoted as saying in a Sarawak Public Communication Unit’s (Ukas) news report, during a ceremony to celebrate the victory of Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) Punang Zone in the recent State polls today.

Awang Tengah, who is also Minister for International Trade and Investment, added that better infrastructure is crucial not only for the needs of locals, but also to create more attractive locations for businesses to come in and invest in facilities needed.

“This is possible because our government is stable and Sarawak is peaceful. 

“The facilities available can also help to drive (the growth of) local businesses and products,” he added. 

The event also witnessed the presentation of school bags to students of SK Punang.

Deputy Transport Minister Dato Henry Sum Agong who is also the Lawas MP, Limbang Division Resident Ir Ahmad Denny Ahmad Fauzi, Lawas District assistant officer Joseph Ganang Surang and Northern Region Development Agency (NRDA) director Dato Ubaidillah Abdul Latiff were among those present. — DayakDaily