BINTULU (October 23): The state government should continue to support the development of local industries and, at the same time, attract more international conglomerates to come and invest in Sarawak.
This was highlighted by KTS Group of Companies Managing Director Dato Henry Lau in his remarks at the group’s 60th anniversary celebration at Dinner World Restaurant here last Saturday.
“While touring Bintulu, I am impressed with the progress especially in real estate development and foreigners’ activities in the industrial areas of Samalaju where large international foreign conglomerates are busy in their investments, even large corporations like Press West Malaysian Metal are growing their businesses.
“Like mushrooms, hotels, shopping malls and condominium land claims for real estate development are buzzing despite the pandemic.
“For these, I congratulate those involved in one way or another for their successes and their perseverance. I think the Sarawak government owes a lot to the progress and growth of Bintulu,” he said.
However, he acknowledged that for some local industries like the timber sector, the journey had been difficult.
“I toured the timber factories, especially those in the Kemena Timber Industrial Zone.
“I have seen billions (of ringgits) of machinery equipment and vast factories invested are mostly lifeless and many jobs have been lost in these years,” he said.
Henry said the timber industry has been harshly attacked by non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and seen by some politicians and even government officials as “the culprits” behind deforestation and environmental destruction.
“But in reality, many of us are law abiding and very diligent in managing forests sustainably, being productive and at the same time providing gainful employment and a lot of income to the government of Sarawak,” he said. -He specifies.
He thus expressed the hope that the government will extend its good support to the timber industry in terms of policies conducive to its operation.
In return, he added, the timber industry, including KTS, which had been in the industry for 60 years, could contribute economic and social benefits to the country, as well as foreigners.
“While we welcome foreign investment here, I think we should not forget the timber industry in Bintulu, which has contributed – and will certainly continue to contribute impressively.”
At the dinner here, Henry described it as one of the biggest gatherings held by KTS Group for its employees on its 60th anniversary, after those held in Kuching, Sibu and Kota Kinabalu.
He said the next venues for the event would be Miri and Kuala Lumpur.
He added that all the fun activities were dedicated to the employees and he also thanked those who had retired.
Among the various activities held to mark the KTS 60th anniversary celebration were quiz contests and sports tournaments, KTS Fellowship Dinner, KTS Managers’ Seminar, KTS 60th Anniversary Dinner, and KTS Family Day. .
“Those who have retired, without your contribution in the past and these people who are here and all the directors and shareholders, we would not be able to successfully complete 60 years of business,” he said. .
Henry said that from humble beginnings in 1962, with three people sharing an office in Sibu, the group now has around 15,000 employees.
Later, he also presented “Long Service Awards” to certain employees who had worked for the group for more than 30 years, as well as scholarships for outstanding students.
“If I’m not mistaken, we have close to 3,000 to 4,000 employees who have been with the company for over 10 years or more,” he said.
Henry also pointed out that Bintulu was the biggest business operation of the group and in this regard he thanked all the employees here who have contributed to the growth of the company over the past 60 years.
Moreover, Henry also hailed the employees as always being one of the main pillars of KTS Group’s success over the past 60 years.
Also present were KTS Group Deputy General Manager Temenggong Dato Vincent Lau and other board members.
Earlier in the afternoon, hundreds of KTS Group employees who had been in service for more than 10 years received their Long Service Awards, presented by KTS Holdings Sdn Bhd Director Kenny Law.