Centexs Dalat will spur development of Mukah Division, says Abang Jo
Posted on : 20 Dec 2020  Source of News: The Borneo Post

Abang Johari (fourth left) officiates at the opening of Bazaarnita Fatima while (from third left) Abdul Karim, Fatimah and others look on.

DALAT: Centre of Technical Excellence (Centexs) in Dalat will create a niche industry for the overall development and economic growth of Mukah Division.

This is according to Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg who said Centexs in Dalat will be one of the institutes in Mukah focussing on technology especially in chemistry and physics which are important in development.

“Last time, Dalat depended on Sago (palm which produces sago), now, through Craun Research Sdn Bhd, we will do research to develop products through Sago waste.  We will develop the downstream activity of Sago,” he told reporters after officiating at the opening of Dalat Waterfront and Bazaarnita Fatima Dalat yesterday.

The government is also looking into the possibility of turning sago waste into methane which can be processed into cooking gas.

“Dalat will have a collection centre to collect sago waste and we are not just able to develop sago industry, but Dalat will have two revenues,” he continued.

The state government has agreed to establish the Sago Board to maintain and develop Sago industry.

Meanwhile, he said rural areas received much bigger allocation under his administration because he wanted to make sure that the rural people could enjoy basic facilities especially electricity and water supply.

Abang Johari said about 70 per cent of the RM10 billion 2021 state budget which was tabled during the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) sitting last month, would be given to the rural areas.

He approved the upgrading of Dalat Phase 1 Waterfront, beautification of Dalat Phase 3 Waterfront, the annual grant for the operating cost of Melanau Heritage Gallery (RM207,122) and other projects.

These were based on requests presented by Minister of Welfare, Community Well-being, Women, Family and Childhood Development Dato Sri Fatimah Abdullah earlier at the event.

Fatimah, who is also Dalat assemblywoman, also presented another five requests comprising the construction of road to connect Kampung Medong Seberang and Kampung Kekan Seberang (estimated cost of RM50 million), new Dalat mosque (estimated cost of RM12 million), Dalat Boutique Hotel, a centralized sago wastewater collection and treatment plant with biogas capturing and upgrading facilities in Dalat and a sago development industry complex (costing about RM27 million).

The chief minister said he would include these proposals in the 12th Malaysia Plan as they require big allocations.

Fatimah also mentioned that nine projects costing about RM159.89 million in Dalat approved by the chief minister are progressing well.

These are the Dalat Phase 2 Riverbank (RM4.34 million), Melanau Heritage Gallery (RM3.7 million), interior facilities of the Melanau Heritage Gallery (RM1.95 million), Centexs Dalat campus (RM50 million), new Oya district office (RM5 million), upgrading of Oya district office and police barracks in Oya (RM500,000), widening of road for Pekan Sabtu (RM500,000), upgrading of water supply (RM49.5 million) and construction of Jalan Medong/Lebrasau/Kampung Klid Road (RM44.4 million).

Also present at the event were Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, Deputy State Secretary (Socio-economy transformation) Dato Sri Mohamad Abu Bakar Marzuki and Sarawak Islamic Education Service Bureau Director Datu Dr Adi Badiozaman Tuah.