Sarawak can complement efforts of China’s halal industry players to expand into the Asean market and beyond by tapping into the strategic Tanjung Manis Halal Hub (TMHH) in the state.
Minister of Industrial and Entrepreneur Development, Trade and Investment Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan said this in a meeting with business leaders from the timber and halal food industry in Xian yesterday.
“This could be your stepping stone into the Asean market in the Asean Business Community which has a population of 625 million,” he said.
Awang Tengah is leading the state’s delegation on an investment promotion mission to China, starting in Xian where they meet business and industry leaders to establish ties for prospective economic cooperation and collaboration.
Among those at the meeting were Xiao Nan, (Minister of E-Commerce) of Shaanxi Halal Food Chamber of Commerce, Xi’an Muslim Chamber of Commerce and furniture and halal food industry players in Xian.
The association represents some 2,000 companies in the halal food industry in China.
Tanjung Manis Halal Hub (TMHH) is a specially designated zone aimed at tapping the lucrative global halal food market, and can serve the demand of Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia, Thailand and other countries in the vicinity.
Malaysia has been spearheading the halal industry and being a pioneer in halal certification, Malaysia ensures the integrity of halal products and services through strict compliance with Syariah requirements whilst still being business focused.
According to the Tanjung Manis Halal Hub Master Plan approved by the Sarawak state government on March 25, 2015, the total area of TMHH is 124,517 hectares, out of which 89,753 hectares are still available for investment in various halal products.
It is the largest among all the other halal hubs or parks in Malaysia and earmarked for the nucleus development of manufacturing, processing, aquaculture, agriculture and other economic activities related to halal industry.
“There is a lot of potential for investment and business opportunities in plantation, aquaculture, poultry and livestock, food processing, logistics and shipping services, banking and insurance, cosmetic and health products, hotel and tourism, palm oil industry, petroleum and gas industry and others,” he said.
He said TMHH was granted the Halmas (Halal Malaysia) status by Halal Development Corporation in 2010 and will be the largest and most advanced integrated halal hub in the world and is well positioned in the heart of one of the world’s fastest growing markets.
Investors can take advantage of the competitive advantages including a large land bank, extensive infrastructure and the deep water port and airport which will be upgraded, he added.