Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi is expected to make a one-day visit to Sarawak on Wednesday to launch the Tanjung Manis halal hub in Mukah, which has been earmarked as the southern growth node of the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (Score).

He is scheduled to witness the signing of a memorandum of understanding pertaining to the licence to occupy between the Sarawak Timber Industry Development Corporation (STIDC) and investors.

According to an advisory from STIDC today, Abdullah would be accompanied by Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud during the launch of the halal industrial park — the country’s largest halal hub with an area of 9,000 hectares.

As the first one-stop halal hub in East Malaysia for upstream and downstream halal food and manufacturing activities, it is expected to serve the aquaculture, poultry and animal feed mill, organic chicken and egg production, eel farming industry as well as providing support to the rice bowl development in neighboring areas.

Taib was previously quoted as saying that foreign investors had promised to pour in RM1.4 billion to help develop the halal hub, with investors from Taiwan and the Middle East showing keen interest, especially due to its fast-track approval for halal certification and endorsement.

Coupled with an existing deep sea fishing complex, Tanjung Manis is targetted to be an industrial port city by 2030 through the initiative by the STIDC, Regional Economic Development Authority and the State Planning Unit.