By Michael Chiew
TANJUNG MANIS (MUKAH): Sarawak Chief Minister Pehin Sri Haji Abdul Taib Mahmud yesterday officially announced Nora Tun Rahman Ya’kub as the new candidate for the Tanjung Manis parliamentary seat.
Nora, a businesswoman, is one of the daughters of former Head of State (Governor), Tun Datuk Patinggi Haji Abdul Rahman Ya’kub, who was also the former third Chief Minister of Sarawak.
Taib, who is Barisan Nasional (BN) State Chairman, made the revelation and introduced Nora during the launching of the Tanjung Manis Shipping Industrial Complex project near the new township. The ceremony was attended by Cabinet Ministers, Assistant Ministers, heads of government departments and local community leaders.
Meanwhile, on the launching of the project, the Chief Minister said he was pleased to note the good response from foreign investors and the vast transformation taking place in the Tanjung Manis Industrial Zone.
Being strategically located, the deep-sea port of Tanjung Manis served as a venue for the exports of timber and the state’s fishing industry, he said.
Taib pointed out that the building of flat-bottom transportation ships with a capacity of 60,000 tonnes compared to the previous 15,000-30,000 tonnes was a viable move in view of the escalating fuel prices in the world.
He added supportive industries such as deep sea fishing and aquaculture would be developed as part of the resource based industrial centre of the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE).
With the ultimate goal of developing the state’s full economic potential besides creating investment and job opportunities, a deal with an Australian company to develop the deep sea fishing fleets and transform Tanjung Manis into the biggest port in Malaysia was being negotiated, Taib disclosed.
He said Sarawak was expecting to earn RM4 billion through the deep sea fishing industry.
Taib also revealed that the Ministry of Agriculture was working together with Sarawak Land Development Board to obtain federal funds to develop the aquaculture industry on a 12,000-hectare piece of land at Tanjung Manis.
With development and transformation taking place in Tanjung Manis, the Chief Minister stressed that good and quality state leaders were needed to chart the future destiny and prospects of Sarawak.
Also present were Sarawak Timber Industrial Development Corporation General Manager Datu Haji Len Talif Salleh, HSL Hydro Sdn Bhd Managing Director Dato Paul Yu Chee Hoe, Shin Yang Shipyard Sdn Bhd Group Executive Chairman Datuk Ling Chiong Ho and Naim Cendera Sdn Bhd Director, Dr Sharifuddin Abdul Wahab.