Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud

KUCHING — The per capita income of the people of Sarawak should be raised to USD$15,000 (RM50,992) per year to enable the state to achieve a developed state status by 2020, said Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud.

He said the per capita income of the people of Sarawak currently was USD7,000 (RM23,796).

“To achieve the goal, the state government is focusing on an innovative human resource development programme as work process is always changing,” he said when opening an RM80 million bio-diesel complex owned by Senari Biofuel Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Assar Senari Group (ASG), here Monday.

Abdul Taib said efforts to beef up educational training in main resource-based industries were being intensified.

He said the development of the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) would speed up the state development strive.

ASG chief executive officer Syeed Mohd Hussien said the complex would give a big impact on the local community in terms of providing job and business opportunities.

He said the project was planned five years ago as part of the company’s efforts to integrate gas and palm oil industries. — BERNAMA