Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi was this afternoon in Tanjung Manis, Sarawak, to officially launch the Tanjung Manis New Township Halal Hub. Tanjung Manis is located at the mouth of the Rajang River, about 87 km from Sibu.
The Halal Hub is expected to initially attract RM2 billion investment, mainly from the Taiwanese and Middle East investors.When fully developed, it will be the world's largest halal hub covering a total of 47,000 acres.
The halal-based industries will include marine fish farming, bio prawn farming, organic chicken and egg,eel farming, chlorella industries ( green algae) and many others.
The site of the Halal Hub is strategically located at the intersection of the roads leading to the coastal towns of Rajang,Jerijeh and Belawai, and only a short 2km from the Tanjung Manis New Township.
Tanjung Manis is poised to become a major industrial town within the next 10 years. Currently the major industries are timber based . In the near future there will also be heavy investment in the fishing and shipbuilding industries.
The above photo taken this morning is part of the land for the 47,000 acres Halal Hub.
Also taken this morning, these two pictures (above and below) show the multi million ringgit Tanjung Manis Jetty which was completed several years ago.
By 10 am, thousands of people from all walks of life, especially the Malay and Melanau people from the coastal areas had arrived in Tanjung Manis to welcome the Prime Minister and Sarawak's Chief Minister.
Presently the only means of transport to Tanjung Manis are by air and by river. There are several flights a week from Kuching to Tanjung Manis and daily boat trips from Sibu and Sarikei. The road from Sibu to Tanjung Manis is expected to be ready in 2 years' time. Connecting the road are more than 10 big and small bridges, the longest of which at Bawang Assan will be 1.4 km , making it the longest bridge in Sarawak. When both the road and the bridges are ready, the 70km journey will only take less than an hour to drive from Sibu to Tanjung Manis. Undoubtedly by then Tanjung Manis will become a favourite place for Sibuians to indulge themselves in savouring the plentiful fresh seafood available there.