Malaysia will engage Chinese companies for the construction of pulp and paper mill and aluminium smelter in Sarawak ?

14Nov09

“In addition, Malaysia will engage Chinese companies, whose names were not announced, for the construction of a pulp and paper mill and aluminium smelter in the East-Malaysian state of Sarawak.”

Jeff Ooi writing in the http://asiancorrespondent.com/jeff-ooi-blog/
Jeff said these were some of the deals which Malaysia signed with China : “China wrapped huge packages of government-to-government (G2G) business deals within a whirlwind stop-over, making Malaysia ever more dependent on the Chinese yuan.” The deals were signed when the China President Chinese President Hu Jintao visited Malaysia recently.

I am just wondering is this the same aluminium smelter which was supposed to involve Rio Tinto. Was Rio Tinto consulted in the choice of the contractor? Does it mean Rio Tinto is out of the deal?

I am not sure of the economics and the socio economics aspects of the Aluminium Smelter Project. I would go back to the arguments represented by Dr John Brian Anthony in his blog “http://dayakbaru.com/weblog08/2008/07/27/the-effects-of-aluminium-smelting-plant-for-sarawak/ “. I will also refrain to make any comment on the technology which China supplies. These are important issues which sometime the Politician forgets.

I hope that if the Contractors were from China, let us hope that the local contractors will be given some share of the contract. We want and can be involved in small contracts works, supplies of building materials, food, transport and accommodation. Even some of the engineering consultancy eg civil, road designs etc. We hope that this contract will not see containers upon containers from China carrying cotton suspenders to canned Mei Ling luncheon Pork to supply and feed the Chinese workers . Save some business for us, please. Will the Politician see to it that the small business is protected .



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