By Sheeda Fathil
SABAK BERNAM, June 10 — Two large-scale fishing projects under the auspices of the Sabak Bernam Development Area (Sabda) initiative should be completed by 2027.
Menteri Besar Selangor (Incorporated) or MBI chief executive officer Norita Mohd Sidek said the projects include a fishing port and processing plant, as well as Malaysia’s first deep-sea tuna and fish packaging facility.
She said the implementation of these projects is a step towards ensuring long-term food security for both Selangor and the nation as a whole.
“The Sungai Lang fishery industry project, which will be developed in collaboration with MBI and Alpha Ocean Resources Berhad (AORB), is expected to create between 2,500 to 5,000 job opportunities.
“AORB will invest between RM100 to 150 million for the development’s first phase,” Norita said during the Sabda introduction ceremony at Nazbell Cottage and Garden in Kampung Parit Sepuloh yesterday, with Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri Amirudin Shari in attendance.
The other high-impact project currently being planned is the construction of Malaysia’s first integrated fish landing port, situated in Sekinchan.
She said the project will feature a fish processing and sales complex, which will be implemented in collaboration with Persatuan Kebajikan Nelayan and traders in Sekinchan.
“The Pendaratan Ikan Sekinchan project will also create more job opportunities, with a total investment of RM484.1 million.
“In addition to the two projects, Sabda will also implement agro-tourism projects including the redevelopment of Hay Resort, and the development of freshwater river and canal eco-tourism,” Norita said.
Sabda is one of the initiatives under the First Selangor Plan (RS-1), first announced in July last year, involving the development of high-value crops through the use of technology.
The development encompasses approximately 1,317 hectares of area with an estimated RM1.9 billion in investment value and is expected to yield an annual return of RM248 million.