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Conference On Industrial By-Product Management & Business Opportunites Conference On Industrial By-Product Management & Business Opportunites

THE HONOURABLE

TAN SRI DATUK AMAR HAJI MOHAMAD MORSHIDI BIN ABDUL GHANI,

SARAWAK STATE SECRETARY

 

CONFERENCE ON INDUSTRIAL BY-PRODUCTS MANAGEMENT AND BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES

 

20th June 2016 (Monday), 9:00 am | BORNEO CONVENTION CENTRE KUCHING (BCCK)

 

Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim,

Yang Berbahagia Datu Haji Ismawi Haji Ismuni,

Deputy State Secretary of Sarawak

cum the Organising Chairman of the Conference on Industrial

By-Products Management and Business Opportunities

 

Distinguished Speakers, Conference Participants, Exhibitors, and Moderators

Members of the Media

 


Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen

 

 

Assalamualaikum warahmatullah hiwabarakatuh

 

Good morning

 

I am indeed honoured to deliver this Keynote Address in conjunction with the Conference on Industrial By-Products Management and Business Opportunities.

 

First and foremost, I would like to extend my warm welcome to all the participants of this Conference, especially those from overseas as well as from other parts of Malaysia.

 

I would also like to welcome all the speakers who come from as far as Germany, United Kingdom, France, Norway, Japan, Republic of Korea, China as well as our Malaysian speakers.

 

I am encouraged and would like to acknowledge the presence of large number of industry players and experts in this Conference. Many of them are in the field of energy and capital intensive industries, waste management, cement industry, construction and property development sectors. Besides, we have representatives from the Government sector, Government Linked Companies, Statutory Bodies and Institutions of Higher Learning.

 

Welcome to Sarawak, Land of Hornbills, Selamat Datang ke Sarawak, Bumi Kenyalang.

 

Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

For the benefit of the participants from overseas, I would like to introduce and share some background about the State of Sarawak.

 

Sarawak is the largest State in Malaysia with a total population of 2.7 million. Sarawak is rich in natural resources, culture and tradition reflected by its 28 ethnic groups living in peace and harmony. Sarawak is politically and economically stable whereby we have managed to develop our economy from traditional agriculture into a modern industry such as manufacturing and services. Despite the slowdown in the global economy, the State has recorded a growth of about 4% to 5% in last ten years.

 

The State Government take pride almost a single entity is also a business friendly government and actively promoting trade and investment activities in the State with the objective to increase the level of income and improve the livelihood of our people.

 

For this reason, the Government is implementing the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy or SCORE Development Plan to accelerate the industrialisation process in the State. With the development of our energy resources, we have been successful in attracting the energy intensive industries to establish their operations in Samalaju Industrial Park, one of the five growth nodes in SCORE.

 

To date, we have approved 16 projects in the Samalaju Industrial Park with a total investment of RM25.29 billion which will create 13,302 job opportunities. We believe that in the immediate years ahead we will be able to create a significant industrial base in Samalaju Industrial Park that can generate more employment and business opportunities for our people.

 

Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

Like any other Greenfield development areas, Samalaju Industrial Park at the initial stage focused on the provision of basic infrastructure and utility projects such as access roads, water and electricity supplies as well as the services required by the industries. We are also developing a dedicated port to ensure the efficiency of our transportation and logistics support in the Industrial Park.

 

To date, we have 5 companies that have commenced their plants operation in Samalaju Industrial Park. In the operation stage, the requirements of the industries are getting more complex as compared to the construction stage. One of the critical requirements is the need for a proper and systematic management of the industrial waste or by-products generated by the industries.

 

Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen

 

The State Government is aware of this requirement and is developing an Integrated Waste Management System for the secure and safe management of waste generated in Samalaju Industrial Park. The Integrated Waste Management System will provide one-stop services for the management of all wastes generated in Samalaju Industrial Park, either for disposal, recovery or reuse and includes a Waste Management Centre of international standard to be located in Maskat, Bintulu. This initiative by the State Government is in line with our policy to protect the environment of Samalaju Industrial Park to be in tandem with its concept of becoming a modern and green Industrial Park. This will also ensure that the development of the Park is sustainable and attractive to investors as well as to the community residing in the Park.

 

It is our commitment to see Samalaju as the place to work, a place to live and a place where people will get jobs and enjoy the development of a liveable city for our people and for our future generation and not a place for dumping of any slightest possible of hazardous waste being deposited. This is the place which will not shun away investors or not shun away people from enjoying and benefiting the fruits of an environmentally well-planned township of Samalaju.

 

The government will not compromise at all on this and have a clear policy in place to get everyone to be responsible for themselves, for the people and for the country in the long run. This is the reason why we have this Conference today.

 

Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen

 

The Government is also mindful that with the advancement in technologies in waste management, some countries are utilising the industrial waste or by-products for productive purposes. In this respect, there is a need for a complete rethinking of “waste” and to analyse if waste is indeed waste. A new thinking that calls for “waste to become wealth”, “refuse to become resource” or “trash to become cash”. Although, there are possibilities to turn waste into business opportunities, we must not compromise the safety of the waste products to the environment as well to the users.

 

In view of this new dimension, the organisation of the Conference on Industrial By-Products Management and Business Opportunities is indeed very timely as most of the industries in Samalaju Industrial Park are already in operation.  In this Conference, we will be discussing on the possible usage of by-products from the ferroalloys and other industries especially at the Samalaju Industrial Park.

 

Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen

 

I am happy to note that this Conference on Industrial By-Products Management and Business Opportunities is one of the many initiatives being undertaken by the State Government to promote business and investment opportunities in SCORE.

 

Before I conclude, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the various sponsors for making the Conference a reality namely, Sakura Ferroalloys Sdn. Bhd., Pertama Ferroalloys Sdn. Bhd., OM Materials Sdn. Bhd., CMS Group, Sarawak Energy Berhad, RECODA and Sarawak Convention Bureau.

 

My special appreciation also goes to the State Planning Unit, Chief Minister’s Department and other members of the Organising Committee for their efforts and hard works to ensure the success of the Conference on Industrial By-Products Management and Business Opportunities.

 

I would also like to convey my appreciation and heartfelt thanks to all speakers, participants, and exhibitors for their contribution, support and participation. 

 

I wish you all an enriching and rewarding experience here at the Conference and hope you will enjoy your stay in Kuching. 

 

With these remarks, I hereby officially declare open this Conference.

 

Thank you.