KOTA KINABALU, June 18 (Bernama) -- The Alamesra Furniture Promotion Centre
here is expected to help give the timber industry in Sabah a boost, said
Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities Tan Sri Bernard Dompok.
He said this was because the contributions and involvement of the small and
medium industry (SMI) were still small.
"Last year, there were 284 Bumiputera furniture entrepreneurs nationwide and
of the number, only 29 were from Sabah, focusing mostly on domestic market," he
said at the launch of the RM1.2 million centre here today.
The text of his speech was read by chairman of Malaysian Timber Industry
Board (MTIB), Datuk Wifred Madius Tangau.
Meanwhile, MTIB director-general, Dr Jalaluddin Harun, said the Alammesra
centre was the third after the Kota Damansara (Klang Valley) and Nusa Bestari
(Johor Baharu) centres.
He said the centre would be managed by Syarikat Adhwa Bersaudara Sdn Bhd.
Other than the centre, he said, Sabah also has the Furniture Industry Park,
which has ten factories in operation.
The park has been in operation since 2008 and recorded sales of RM6.8
million last year, he said. -- BERNAMA