Sarawak Brief Introduction
Sarawak is the largest state in the Federation of Malaysia, situated on the North-West part of the Island of Borneo. She has an area of 124,449.5 sq. km and is popularly known as the “Land of the Hornbill”.
The racial compositions of Sarawak are Iban, Chinese, Bidayuh, Malay, Melanau and 22 other minor ethnic groups. The total population is 2.636 million by 2015 with Ibans forming 30% of the population, Malays 24.4% and Chinese 24.2%.
Sarawak has very rich natural resources including oil, natural gas, timber, minerals and marine resources. She has huge hydro-power potentials and very fertile soils. These resources are still waiting to be fully taped and developed. These offer great potentials for industrial development, especially in the fields of timber-based industries, natural gas related industries, petrol-chemicals, electronics and high-tech industries, agro-based industries, non-metal industries, ship building and ship repairs industries, tourism industries.
Sarawak has set up 21 industrial estates, they are:-
|1.||Kuching||Sama Jaya Free Industrial Zone||Hi-tech with emphasis on Electrical & Electronics|
|Pending Industrial Estate||Mixed Light Industries|
|Demak Laut Industrial Park||Mixed Light & Medium Industries|
|2.||Samarahan||Kota Samarahan Industrial Estate||Mixed Light Industries|
|3.||Mukah||Tanjung Manis Halal-Hub||Halal-Hub Industries|
|Tanjung Manis Processing Zone||Timber Based Industries, Shipbuilding and Repairing Industries|
|Mukah Light Industrial Estate||Mixed Light Industries|
|4.||Sarikei||Sarikei Light Industrial Estate||Mixed Light Industries|
|5.||Kapit||Kapit Light Industrial Estate||Mixed Light Industries|
|6.||Miri||Piasau Industrial Estate||Mixed Light Industries|
|Kuala Baram Industrial Estate||Timber, Ship-building and other Mixed Light & Medium Industries|
|7.||Sibu||Upper Lanang Industrial Estate||Mixed Light Industries|
|Rantau Panjang Industrial Zone||Ship-building & Repairing|
|8.||Bintulu||Kidurong Light Industrial Estate||Light Industries|
|Kemena Industrial Estate||Timber-based Industries|
|Bintulu Light Industrial Estate||Light Industries|
|Kidurong Industrial Area||Petrochemical Industries|
|Jepak Industrial Estate||Wood-based Industry & Shipyard|
|Similaju Industrial Estate||Heavy & Energy Intensive Industries|
|Sebauh Industrial Estate||Light Industries|
|9.||Serian||Tebedu Industrial Estate||General industries|
More industrial estates and industrial parks are being planned and would be set up in the near future to speed up the industrial development of Sarawak.
Sarawak’s GDP for 2015 is RM106.063 billion.