Sunday, May 10, 2009

News - Tanjung Manis Halal Hub Featured in Happenings Vol 10, May-July 2009

Source: Happenings Vol 10, May-Jul 2009
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Tanjung Manis has been Sarikei's beacon of hope for development since the 1970s. This deep sea area at the Rejang River mouth was even pronounced incorrectly as Tanjung "Money" due to the local accent. Tanjung Manis was expected to bring in the needed boost to the local economy as Sarikei was the closest town of significant size (half an hour by express boat down the Rejang River).


Source: Happenings Vol 10, May-Jul 2009
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Then one day something changed Sarikei's hope. Initially Sarawak's 6th Division of Sarikei had an area of 6,969 square km that were made up of the districts of Sarikei, Meradong, Julau, Matu and Daro. Then Matu and Daro came under the new Mukah Division from 1st March 2002. So we "lost" Tanjung Manis.


Source: Happenings Vol 10, May-Jul 2009
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Is this the end of the road for Sarikei? Not Really. A redrawing of the divisional boundaries does not change the physical and strategic location of Tanjung Manis relative to Sarikei. Sibu has smart business men. Sibu is even further from Tanjung Manis than Sarikei but distance is no barrier to Sibu to tap into the business potential of Tanjung Manis.


Source: Happenings Vol 10, May-Jul 2009
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Sibu has announced the Sibu-Tanjung Manis Highway and seven-bridge project -- the biggest single development project in the state under the 9th Malaysia Plan. It is estimated to cost the federal government RM$435M and will be completed next year. One of the bridges, the 1,240m Batang Lebaan Bridge crossing Lebaan River, would be the longest in Sarawak when completed.


Source: Happenings Vol 10, May-Jul 2009
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Sarikei needs to build a road to link to this highway to cross pollinate business with Tanjung Manis. There is vast potential to trade goods and services with the mega development in Tanjung Manis. The pie is big enough for those with initiative. Can Sarikei take up the challenge?



1 comment:

Nelson said...

Pineapple City soon too. =P

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