KUCHING: Sarawak plans to build a science complex in Kota Samarahan near here to ensure it produces the best from its halal hub and modernisation of agriculture activities.
Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud in revealing this said the proposed facility would be used mainly to carry out research and development (R&D) on the various products to be produced in the Tanjung Manis halal hub.
Taib noted that the agriculture sector would be the major contributor to the success of the state’s halal hub.
“We want to make sure that our agriculture produce are sufficient and upgraded from time to time because this will surely play a crucial role in upgrading the image of the state’s Halal Hub.
“In order to do this, we need to have our own science complex in which our own experts can carry out research for the new and improved existing products,” he said when officiating at the Federation of Kuching and Samarahan Division Chinese Association Chinese New Year gathering here Wednesday.
Taib, however, said that the proposed science complex could only happen when the state had successfully produced sufficient graduates to carry out the task.
He said the state “needed all the good brains” to produce the best not only domestically, but also for the spiralling global demand in halal food.
“In fact, we have no problem in finding local graduates, but the problem is that not many are ready to adjust themselves to the rate and the pattern of growth that the state is experiencing now,” he said.