political stability. continuity. transformation (a.k.a change)

Posted on May 14, 2011

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Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) is going to transform Sarawak. Seriously!

I know that the Sarawak government has not been very good at creating awareness on SCORE, but I choose to think of it as them (Sarawak government) focusing too much on making the project a reality…and not enough on communicating to the people what the economic corridor’s really about (perception).

Especially about how foreign investment is streaming in steadily and more importantly generating more job opportunities and creating more “high-income” jobs for our people.

THE PLAN is finally taking shape and you have to admit we did it because we have a stable government with a long-term vision to make Sarawak the most prosperous State in the country.

Most recently, this can be seen by the ADDITIONAL investment of RM3.72 billion by a Japanese firm in Samalaju, one of SCORE’s important sites (or growth nodes, as they like to call it).

As an example of SCORE’s potential, this one company alone is planning to invest more than RM6 billion in Sarawak.

Imagine what kind of economy we’ll have when more and more companies start their operations soon!

I know I sound very pro-government most of the time, but this really is my personal view of what’s happening in our beloved Sarawak.

Besides, I don’t think I’m too far off the mark. It’s not just my PERCEPTION of SCORE. This is the REALITY of SCORE.

When the opposition talked about CHANGE or UBAH in the recently ended Sarawak State Election, the only change they were interested in was obviously to boot out our Chief Minister (and fulfil their personal ambitions of becoming YBs) and that was about the only CHANGE they promised.

(Of course, not much was discussed about how the Malaya-based opposition planned to make Sarawak a better place to live in the future, although unfortunately their supporters in the mostly urban areas bought into their rhetoric).

Of course, we all know how that turned out and in the next five years we’ll probably see more examples of how empty their promises are, but that’s not the point I’m trying to make here.

I guess what I’m trying to get at is SCORE is going to be something that will be huge and will have a massive impact in our lives and in the lives of future generations of our fellow Sarawakians.

This is the CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN (borrowed from Obama nation) or the TRANSFORMATION WE CAN TRUST.

Since I’m saying this after the State elections, this is not something that I’m saying simply to help BN Sarawak win at the polls (although it is food for thought for the upcoming General Elections *hint mode*).

So when the mostly Malaya-based opposition in Sarawak only TALKS about CHANGE, BN Sarawak really is bringing CHANGE (or TRANSFORMATION, as they prefer to call it) to our beloved State.

But does this mean that all we have to do is sit back and wait for all of this good stuff to come rolling in? Hell NO!

We all have a role to play in making our State great, no matter how small.

In fact, our role in maintaining our State’s peace, harmony and unity and stability could be one of the most important roles that we can play in making our dreams of creating a better Sarawak a reality.

Of course, don’t forget to work smart and work hard, as well. That’s important too, my fellow Sarawakians.

How Star Sarawak reported Tokuyama’s massive investment in SCORE:

Friday May 13, 2011

Tokuyama Corp to invest a further RM3.72bil in S’wak

PETALING JAYA: Tokuyama Corp of Japan will invest a further 100 billion yen (RM3.72bil) to build a second polycrystalline silicon plant in the Samalaju Industrial Park in Bintulu, Sarawak.

The second-phase plant will produce polycrystalline silicon for solar cells, with an annual production capacity of 13,800 tonnes, it said in a statement.

Construction for the second-phase plant is due to start in April next year, with production beginning in January 2015.

Tokuyama’s first-phase 80 billion yen (RM2.98bil) plant, also located at the Samalaju Industrial Park, is due to start operations in September 2013.

When both plants are completed, the group’s wholly-owned subsidiaryTokuyama Malaysia Sdn Bhd will have an annual production capacity of 20,000 tonnes.

Presently, Tokuyama’s only manufacturing base is in Shunan City, Yamaguchi, Japan.

Tokuyama had chosen the park as its second manufacturing base in November 2008 due partly to preferential tax treatment and support for the acquisition of permits and licences provided by the federal and state governments.

Also, the company said the industrial park had the resources needed for the manufacture of polycrystalline silicon, which is electricity intensive and requires industrial water, and quality workers. among others.

The first-phase plant, whose ground-breaking ceremony was held in February, will initially employ about 300 workers, of whom 280 are Malaysians.

Tokuyama presently commands about 5% of the global market for polycrystalline silicon used for solar cells, and 20% for semiconductors.

http://biz.thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2011/5/13/business/8674479&sec=business