Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy

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The Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy ("SCORE") is an economic region and development corridor covering central Sarawak, a Malaysian State on the island of Borneo. SCORE was launched on 11 February 2008 by the 5th Malaysian Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi[1]. It is one of the five regional development corridors launched throughout Malaysia during the Abdullah Ministry.[2] SCORE is managed by the Regional Corridors Development Authority ("RECODA"), a State Government agency created through an Ordinance of the State Legislative Assembly[3][4] . In 2014, SCORE accounted for 90% of Sarawak total foreign direct investment of RM 9.6 billion, and about 87.2% were from foreign investors.[5] Chief Minister of Sarawak, Adenan Satem was quoted as saying that 19 projects with more than MYR 32 billion in FDI has been approved so far.[6]

Objectives of SCORE[edit]

According to RECODA, the six objectives of SCORE[7] are:

  1. To create new sources of wealth;
  2. To move the State's economy up the value chain;
  3. To achieve higher per capita income;
  4. To achieve balanced regional development;
  5. To enhance quality of life; and
  6. To eradicate poverty.

RECODA Board of Directors and Management[edit]

The Regional Corridors Development Authorities Ordinance 2006 passed by the State Legislative Assembly of Sarawak establishes RECODA as a body corporate[4]. The Ordinance provides that the Yang di-Pertuan Negeri may "constitute a Regional Corridor Development Authority" or "appoint a body corporate to be the Regional Corridor Development Authority for that Regional Corridor"[4]. Each authority has its own board which "is responsible for the effective and efficient performance of the agency" and "provides direction to the Chief Executive Officer"[8].

Members of the Board of Directors are[8]:-

  • Chairman: YAB Datuk Patinggi Abang Haji Abdul Rahman Zohari Tun Abang Haji Openg, Chief Minister of Sarawak, Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Minister of Urban Development and Natural Resources;
  • YB Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, Deputy Chief Minister of Sarawak, Minister for Modernisation of Agriculture, Native Land & Regional Development;
  • YB Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr. James Jemut anak Masing, Deputy Chief Minister of Sarawak, Minister of Infrastructure Development & Transportation;
  • YB Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan, Deputy Chief Minister of Sarawak, Minister of Industrial And Entrepreneur Development, Second Minister of Urban Development & Natural Resources;
  • YB Tan Sri Datuk Amar Haji Mohamad Morshidi Abdul Ghani, Sarawak State Secretary;
  • YBhg. Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni bin Hussain, Director General, Public Private Partnership Unit, Prime Minister’s Department;
  • YBhg. Dato’ Azman Mahmud, Chief Executive Officer, Malaysian Investment Development Authority;
  • YBhg. Dato Sri Ahmad Tarmizi bin Haji Sulaiman, State Financial Secretary, Sarawak;
  • YBhg. Datu Haji Mohamad Abu Bakar bin Marzuki, Deputy Sarawak State Secretary;
  • Mr. Buckland Anak Bangik, Director, State Planning Unit, Sarawak; and
  • Advisor: YBhg. Tan Sri Rafidah Abdul Aziz.

RECODA Chief Executive Officer is the Board's ex officio Secretary. The incumbent is Datu Haji Ismawi bin Haji Ismuni who took over from Tan Sri Datuk Amar Wilson Baya Dandot in January 2018[9][10].

Agencies Under RECODA[edit]

In order to expand the SCORE initiative into rural Sarawak, three agencies under RECODA were established[11]:-

Upper Rajang Development Agency (URDA)[edit]

URDA was established on July 12, 2017[11]. Its chairman is YB Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr. James Jemut anak Masing[12].

Highland Development Agency (HDA)[edit]

HDA was established on July 12, 2017[11]. Its establishment covers a geographical area 18,462 sq km that impacts 75,000 people across 244 villages and longhouses in the Baram Parliamentary constituency.[13] YB Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas serves as the Chairman of the HDA[11][12][14]. Among its primary objectives is "to close the socioeconomic gap that exists between regions within Sarawak and ultimately eradicate poverty, by leveraging on the rich biodiversity, cool climate, and large tracts of land in the highland areas, as well as realising the potential of agro-tourism in the region"[15]. Among its initiatives underway is the Integrated Highland Agriculture Collection Centre situated at Long Bangan-Long Beruang-Long Peluan, Ulu Baram[16].

Northern Region Development Agency (NRDA)[edit]

NRDA was established on March 15, 2018[11]. YB Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan is currently the NRDA Chairman[12]. NRDA's purposes[12] include:

  • To accelerate the development in Sarawak’s northern region like overseeing the infrastructure, industrial (commercial, and small and medium enterprises, or SMEs) and power development;
  • To tap the economic potential and rich biodiversity resources; and
  • To elevate the socio-economic status of communities especially those in the rural areas in terms of human capital and technical education.

Areas[edit]

Source: RECODA

In 2008, SCORE covered an area of 70,709 km2 of central region of Sarawak; with a coast line of 320 km long.[3] In the 2017 expansion, it covers about 100,000 square kilometres. Major urban centres that fall within its jurisdiction are Sibu, Bintulu, Mukah, Sarikei, Bintulu, Miri, Lawas, Limbang, and Kapit.

The five nodes of SCORE[3] [17]are are:

  • Samalaju - Heavy & energy-intensive industries[7];
  • Mukah - Smart city, services hub, and R&D;
  • Tanjung Manis - Halal hub;
  • Baram - Hydroelectric power (HEP), oil palm and forest plantation, and eco-tourism; and
  • Tunoh - Oil palm & forest plantation, agriculture, and eco-tourism.

Growth and development[edit]

Samalaju[edit]

The main area of development in Samalaju is the Samalaju Industrial Park ("SIP").[18] As of 2014, 15 out of 19 projects in SCORE are located in SIP, with an FDI of MYR 27 billion. Currently, Press Metal Bhd MYX: 8869 (aluminum smelting), Japan’s Tokuyama Corporation and Iwatani-SIG Industrial Gases Sdn Bhd (Iwatani-SIG) are operational at SIP.[6] In 2014, three producers of ferroalloy and manganese are and will be operating in SIP, OM Materials (Sarawak),Pertama Ferroalloys and Sakura Ferroalloys.[6]

Priority Industries[edit]

The Government of Sarawak identified ten priority industries to be pushed through SCORE[19]. The first four are dubbed the "trigger industries"[7][20]:

  1. Aluminium industry;
  2. Glass industry;
  3. Oil-based industries;
  4. Steel industry;
  5. Palm oil industry;
  6. Fish & aquaculture industry;
  7. Livestock industry;
  8. Timber-based industries;
  9. Marine engineering industry; and
  10. Tourism industry.

Industrial transformation[edit]

According to SCORE’s official website, Sarawak’s industrial sector is currently undergoing a transformation and the opportunities for investment are immense.[21] Value-added industries are taking an increasingly dominant role in the development of the state and the days when Sarawak exported raw materials that were finished elsewhere are long over, with the new clusters set to put “Made in Sarawak” stamps on more goods and services in the years to come.[22][failed verification]

Top industries[edit]

Priority industries that will have the highest economic impact on Sarawak are given priority focus in marketing planning, investment promotion and physical development planning.[22]

  1. Oil-based industry
  2. Aluminium industry
  3. Steel industry
  4. Tourism industry
  5. Palm-oil industry
  6. Timber-based industry
  7. Livestock industry
  8. Aquaculture industry
  9. Marine engineering industry.
  10. Glass industry

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Majlis Pelancaran Koridor Sarawak - Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE)". Koleksi Arkib Ucapan Ketua Eksekutif. 11 February 2008. Retrieved 31 July 2019.
  2. ^ Skor Career
  3. ^ a b c Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE)
  4. ^ a b c Regional Corridors Development Authorities Ordinance 2006 (PDF). Government of Sarawak. 2013.
  5. ^ The State of Sarawak Archived 2015-11-18 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ a b c "Sarawak scores high on foreign investments". The Borneo Post. Retrieved 12 November 2015.
  7. ^ a b c "Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy: Powering the Future" (PDF). Malaysian Investment Development Authority. 18 April 2016. Retrieved 31 July 2019.
  8. ^ a b "Board of Directors, RECODA". RECODA. Retrieved 31 July 2019.
  9. ^ "New CEO for RECODA". Press Reader: The Borneo Post. 14 January 2018. Retrieved 31 July 2019.
  10. ^ Sibon, Peter (3 January 2018). "Major shift in state's top civil service". The Borneo Post. Retrieved 31 July 2019.
  11. ^ a b c d e Veno, Jeremy (18 November 2018). "Three agencies under Recoda established, Score expected to generate RM334 bln". Retrieved 31 July 2019.
  12. ^ a b c d "Five sub-committees to prepare list of NRDA projects". The Borneo Post Online. 29 July 2018. Retrieved 31 July 2019.
  13. ^ Johari, Zaheera (2 November 2018). "Development in HDA areas to benefit about 75,000 inhabitants". The Borneo Post Online. Retrieved 31 July 2019.
  14. ^ "SCORE's new agency HDA starts on a ahigh note". New Sarawak Tribune. 20 July 2017. Retrieved 31 July 2019.
  15. ^ "New SCORE agency to accelerate development in highland areas". The Borneo Post Online. 19 July 2017. Retrieved 31 July 2019.
  16. ^ Toyat, Jude (17 July 2018). "HDA brings devt, economic opportunities to Ulu Baram". The Borneo Post Online. Retrieved 31 July 2019.
  17. ^ "SCORE Areas". RECODA. Retrieved 31 July 2019.
  18. ^ http://www.recoda.com.my/news-events/newsletter-article/samalaju-industrial-park-sip-the-engine-room-of-score/
  19. ^ "Priority Industries". RECODA. Retrieved 31 July 2019.
  20. ^ "Facts & Figures on Economic Development: 10 Priority Industries". Sarawak Facts & Figures.
  21. ^ Sarawak Score Archived November 16, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  22. ^ a b SMA Sarawak

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