By Peter Sibon
KUCHING, Jan 25: Like any other communities in Sarawak, the Orang Ulu community too wants to participant actively in business activities in the State, said Orang Ulu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OUCCI) president, Datuk Mutang Tagal.
He said even though OUCCI is new, it plans to connect its members to the various government agencies as well as the private sectors.
“As OUCCI is not a business entity, we will provide the necessary platform for our members to participate in businesses such as oil and gas, manufacturing, tourism and in service sector,” Mutang told DayakDaily when contacted today.
Mutang, who was a former Bukit Mas MP prior to its change of name to Lawas from 1982-1990, added that the community has been left behind in terms of business opportunities and hoped that with the support of the state and federal governments, its members would be given the opportunities in the development of the State.
“What we need to do is to strengthen our database and also our networking so that our members would then be able to connect themselves with the right people,” he said.
Currently, OUCCI has about 100 members.
Earlier today, he led OUCCI’s committee members to pay a courtesy call on Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari at the latter’s office at Wisma Bapa Malaysia here.
During the visit they extended an invitation to Abang Johari to officiate the launching of OUCCI next month in Kuching.
Among those accompanying Mutang were State Legislative Assembly Deputy Speaker Datuk Gerawat Gala, Assistant Minister of Utilities (Rural Electricity Supply) Datuk Liwan Lagang and former Ba Kelalan Assemblyman Datuk Nelson Balang Rining. — DayakDaily