Premier: Samalaju faces housing shortage following increasing investments in Sarawak

Abang Johari speaking at the 2022 Sheda Property Expo opening ceremony at BCCK here today (Sept 30, 2022).

By Ling Hui

KUCHING, Sept 30: The Samalaju Industrial Park in Bintulu is in dire need of more housing with more investments coming into Sarawak, says Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg.

“Once our economy is good, people invest, and they need accommodation. Nowadays, there is a shortage of housing in Samalaju because of the investments that are coming into Bintulu,” he said.

Not only in Samalaju, he said other industrial areas such as Miri would also need more housing, especially with Shell Malaysia relocating its headquarters to Miri Times Square.

He said foreign workers coming to Sarawak would require various services, and Sarawak must create an ideal working and living environment for them.

“Investors’ confidence is there. They come with money, and we provide a suitable environment for them. That’s only Shell; many others wish to come (to Sarawak).

“The other day, I was in Korea, and they asked me whether there are any Korean restaurants in Sarawak. If Koreans are coming, we will need to have Korean restaurants.

“While providing an environment for the Koreans, this also creates job opportunities for our local population,” said Abang Johari when launching the 2022 Sheda Property Expo at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) here today.

Also present at the event were Deputy Premier Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian, Ministry of Public Health, Housing and Local Government permanent-secretary Datu Antonio Kahti Galis, Sarawak Housing and Estate Developers’ Association (Sheda) president Augustine Wong, and Sheda Property Expo organising chairman Ir John Yong Lock Ping. — DayakDaily