By Zareef Muzammil
SABAK BERNAM, March 19 — The Sabak Bernam Development Area (Sabda) initiative is showing signs of positive development, with several projects geared to begin as soon as they are approved.
State executive councillor for infrastructure and public facilities Izham Hashim said the projects include a modern agriculture project at the Smart Selangor Agro Park (SSAP) in Changkat Menteri with an area of 2,000 acres, that has been approved by the Environment Department (DOE).
He said the redevelopment of Hay Resort is now in the final stage of approval, while the application for planning permission is currently underway for the downstream seafood and agro-food industries in Sungai Lang.
“The Sabda project is going along well, in spite of being affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. We will carry it out in stages, and we will immediately apply for planning permission for any project that is ready.
“Related projects are under the supervision of the Menteri Besar Selangor (Incorporated) or MBI, which will manage the tendering process and so on,” Izham said during the Kita Selangor Penyayang roadshow at Bagan Terap, earlier today.
He added the implementation of Sabda’s projects will help to generate job opportunities and thus boosts economic growth.
“We have already seen job opportunities for Sabak Bernam’s residents, with a noticeable improvement of agricultural results, while everyone is starting to focus on cultivating the land.
“InsyaAllah, I am confident that after this, with more industries, it will help economic growth,” Izham said.
Sabda is part of the First Selangor Plan (RS-1), first announced in July last year, and involves the development of high-value crops through technological use.
The 1,317-hectare development, with a RM1.9 billion investment value, is estimated to generate up to RM248 million in revenue annually.
Sabda’s major projects include the development of the Sekinchan Fish Landing Complex, R&R construction, and the Air Manis Business Centre.