TANJUNG MANIS: In the early 1990’s, the mere mention of Tanjung Manis would make people link the town with Sarawak’s lumber industry. However, Feb 18 marked the transition of Tanjung Manis into an industrial hub.
Among the industries set to flourish here are deep-sea fishing, palm oil, gas and petroleum as well as shipping.
At the launch of the Tanjung Manis Halal Hub on Feb 18, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, witnessed the signing of an agreement between 11 companies, including six from Taiwan and Sarawak Timber Industry Development Corporation (STIDC) worth close to RM4bil.
With the launch, the halal hub is expected to diversify the existing economic activities at Tanjung Manis.
Second Minister of Planning and Resource Management Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hassan said the companies would venture into projects like aquaculture, biotechnology, farming, halal food processing as well as research and development.
“The state government welcomes foreign investors Sea Party Group to implement large-scale aquaculture, fish and prawn breeding projects as well as poultry and seaweed farming using modern and environmental-friendly technology,” the minister said in his speech at the launch of the Tanjung Manis Halal Hub here recently.