Pan Borneo S’wak to complete in June 2021- Baru

SEMATAN: Works Minister Baru Bian is optimistic that the RM16.49 billion Pan Borneo Sarawak will be fully completed in June 2021.

“The project is divided into two phases; phase one covering 786km from Telok Melano to Miri is divided into 11 packages. While phase two, which is still under our consideration, will be from Miri to Lawas and will not be going through Brunei,” said Baru, when speaking at the official opening of Telok Melano to Sematan road yesterday.

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What about industrial forest plantations? Sarawak govt asks timber companies

Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg has asked timber licence holders to embark into industrial forest plantations (IFPs) as the state government is gradually reducing the production of timber from natural forests.

He said timber licence holders, therefore, should look at IFP as another source to support the development of timber industry.

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‘Sarawak govt continues to be business-friendly’

KUCHING: The Sarawak government will continue its business-friendly policy and is ever ready to help investors, both domestic and foreign.

In giving this assurance yesterday, Deputy Chief Minister and Minister of Industrial and Entrepreneur Development Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan said Sarawak is always among the preferred investment destinations in Malaysia given the state’s competitive power and water tariffs as well as land premium, abundant resources coupled with political stability.

“Sama Jaya (High Tech Park) is the operation base for many multinational corporations (MNCs) in the global electronic supply chain.

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What is Norza Zakaria’s involvement in Sarawak’s oil and gas, and Petros?

The outlook for the oil and gas sector in Sarawak will very soon closely resemble that of Sarawak’s timber industry at present, which is quite bleak. Sarawak’s timber resources are managed by Sarawak Timber Industry Development Corporation (SITDC) whose strategy is to basically cut down as much forests as possible to extract the most timber in the shortest possible time. However, without any replanting scheme in place it is no wonder that timber exports are dropping. Exports declined a significant 23.5% from RM1.7 billion in the first quarter of 2017 to RM1.3 billion in the first quarter of 2018. The decline is expected to be steady until there is nothing left to cut down.

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Vandalism of electrical facilities cost utility firm RM5mil over last three years

Vandalism of electrical facilities in Sarawak cost over RM5mil over the last three years, according to Sarawak Energy Bhd (SEB).

The state utility company said 369 vandalism cases were reported from 2016 to 2018, causing RM5.33mil worth of damage.

He said SEB stepped up efforts to mitigate the rising trend of cases, including installation of remote monitoring systems and increased patrolling.

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STAR president fumes over mistake in textbook

KUCHING: The Bahasa Melayu Tingkatan 1 textbook for Form 1 students omits Sarawak as one of the oil and gas states in Malaysia in its section on the oil and gas industry of the nation.

This glaring mistake has riled State Reform Party Sarawak(STAR) president  Lina Soo who brought it to the attention of The Borneo Post yesterday.

She said the mistake in the textbook which has been used since 2017 is unacceptable.

“The book did not mention Sarawak as one of the petroleum producers in Malaysia despite Sarawak being one of the richest oil and gas locations in the world, and main contributor to the federal coffers,” Soo said.

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Dayak appointed as Communications Ministry senior official in Sarawak

The Ministry of Communications and Multimedia has appointed a former senior federal officer Dusit Jaul as its special functions officer in Sarawak.

The appointment was announced by the minister Gobind Singh Deo, who was here on an official visit to the state.

“As a special functions officer, I report direct to the minister,” Dusit said when contacted today.

He said he has been tasked to oversee all the agencies in Sarawak under the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia.

The agencies are state RTM, state Information Department, national news agency (Bernama) and state Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).

It is believed that the appointment of special functions officer is the first to be made by the ministry in Sarawak.

Dusit, who retired as a senior programme coordinator with the state National Institute of Public Administration (INTAN), met with Gobind Singh Deo yesterday afternoon.

Dusit, who is the president of the Sarawak Dayak Graduates Association, is the second Dayak professional to be appointed by the Pakatan Harapan federal government for an important post in the state.

The first was management consultant Dr John Brian Anthony as Bintulu Port Authority chairman last year.

Source: Malay Mail

Sarawak hopes to boost birth rate with RM1,000 trust fund for every newborn

The Sarawak government hopes to reverse the declining birth rate with the launch of a RM1,000 trust fund for every newborn in the state from January this year.

Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Fatimah Abdullah said the birth and fertility rate in the state is low with only around 40,000 births per year.

“We want to boost the number of births in the state,” she said after handing out financial assistance as part of the Endowment Fund Sarawak (EFS) at the Waterfront Hotel here.

A total of 1,213 babies were born and registered under the state’s National Registration Department from Jan 1-15 this year. Kuching recorded the highest number, with 498 births, she said.

Source: Free Malaysia Today

3,217 affordable homes for Sarawak this year

SIBU: The federal Housing and Local Government Ministry (KPKT) aims to build 3,217 affordable houses in Sarawak and 8,336 in Sabah this year, said minister Zuraida Kamaruddin.

She added that under the 11th Malaysia Plan (RMK-11) Mid-term Review for 2019-2020 which was tabled by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad on Oct 18 last year, the government promised to build 7,000 affordable houses in Sabah and Sarawak.

“For the 11th Malaysia Plan, Sarawak’s applications totalled 20,742,” she said when contacted.

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