The first major scientific attempt to test techniques for restoring open barren areas to their original, natural state, was initiated here in Bintulu, Sarawak. Mitsubishi Corporation was the first company endeavoring into the extraction of timber in the State. With them, Sarawak was among the world’s leading exporter of tropical timbers in the 90’s; created 60, 000 jobs in the then rural districts of the State. From Sarawak’s standpoint, as of 1996, the natural forests in the State could no longer sustain the required quantity for timber harvesting as one of the State’s major revenue.
Therefore, since 1998, the State government invited the private sectors to take up the challenge in developing large scale forests plantation (since they are the only ones capable of long term investment, with long gestation period, with the help and availability of other sources for revenue. Thanks to the earlier rampage on the natural forests) in effort to sustain the State’s major income.
In light of this, the focus since, has been on the development of exotic tree species; Acacia mangium.
Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) is a new development corridor in central Sarawak that aims to accelerate the State’s economic growth. The Score project has identified palm oil as a key for development in the state. Sarawak’s economy now is highly reliant on the palm oil industry in light of lower timber export volumes and dwindling petroleum reserves.
If you ask for Sarawak for Sarawakian, you lack the factories, the products and productions. Maybe now with the dams, you’d have a chance as a newbie country.
From that point on, you’d have energy, the land, and cheap labour (that’s you or the least developed community in the State; and that means you, or the indigenous, or anyone who can’t catch up with the rat race from the get go (education). Now you need investors. To engineer the products, establish the production line. Then you might have this “economy”.
it’s easy to be pissed and demand for Sarawak for Sarawakian. But since the 90’s, the story seems to be insinuating turning Sarawak into “the old China” before you’d get yourself a “Singapore”. By that time, race won’t matter; it’s a good thing. Just be prepared for stand-offish neighbours, population..and the great capitalism.