LAWAS: Northern Sarawak could be set for an economic game-changer if a proposed downstream oil and gas complex here by a Chinese company takes off.
Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan said the company will soon undertake a feasibility study after Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg gave his nod for the project.
?The top management of the company paid a courtesy call on the chief minister at his office a fortnight ago to express their interest (in carrying out the project), and will now carry out a feasibility study.
?It would be a game-changer for Lawas and Sarawak if this materialises, and I really hope it becomes a reality,? he said when officiating at the district-level Chinese New Year celebration, organised by local Chinese associations and guilds.
The Industrial and Entrepreneur Development Minister, who is also Urban Development and Natural Resources Second Minister, said there would be plenty of economic spin-offs and job opportunities should the project take off.
?The business community as well as small and medium enterprises in Lawas will definitely benefit from the development,? he added.
On another note, Awang Tengah said the setting-up of the Northern Region Development Agency (NRDA) by the chief minister will be able to tailor the specific infrastructure and amenity needs in Limbang and Lawas. He said the agency will be allocating RM160 million for the repair and rehabilitation of schools in the two districts, even though such works are the responsibility of the federal government.
?The state government has stepped up to take over numerous projects that were either cancelled or deferred by the federal government. One such project is for Lawas Airport, with the state allocating RM150 million under NRDA to kick-start the first phase of the project,? he said.
Among those present at the event were Awang Tengah?s wife Datuk Dayang Morliah Awang Daud, Assistant Minister of Agriculture Dr Abdul Rahman Ismail, Lawas MP Datuk Henry Sum Agong, Batu Danau assemblyman Paulus Palu Gumbang, Limbang Resident Ir Ahmad Denny Ahmad Fauzi and Lawas District officer Ladin Atok.