KUCHING: Agility, a leading global logistics provider, has opened its new branch in Kuching to strengthen its presence here as well as to provide a platform for its further growth in the region, said its chief executive officer for South East Asia Mike Gildea.
“Our new office in Kuching will provide a strong presence in this dynamic emerging market, where demand is growing for a wide range of logistics services.
“The Kuching office is also a key development for Agility as we build our domestic distribution across Malaysia,” Gildea told a press conference in conjunction with the official opening of the company’s new branch at a leading hotel here recently.
He said the state’s challenging terrain and infrastructure would provide opportunity for the company to gauge its ability and strength.
“We are looking at Sarawak’s growing market as our challenge to provide the best solutions to our customers,” said Gildea.
Agility’s services include road, sea and air freight across the globe where it already has established itself among the top logistics providers with an annual revenue of US$6 billion, supported by some 25,000 employees in 550 offices across 100 countries.
Over the span of 25 years the company has carved itself a niche in Malaysia. Currently, it employs some 600 people across the country and has an estimated 41,000 square metres of warehouse space.
Agility’s East Malaysia branch chairman Tan Sri Datuk Amar Hamid Bugo said his company’s coming to the state was in response to the state government’s call to support the implementation of the state’s mega projects such as the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE).
“Agility’s presence in Sarawak will provide the best expertise that is needed to further support the implementation of these projects,” he said.
Meanwhile, Minister of Infrastructure Development and Communications Dato Sri Michael Manyin Jawong said the state government would continue to improve its infrastructure by connecting all the villages in the state by 2020.
He also revealed that there was no plan to construct a double carriageway from Kuching to Miri with an estimated cost of RM16 billion as it was deemed too costly.
Manyin said there was however a plan to build a commercial railway system to connect Miri and Kuching.
“The feasibility study will be completed by August. But it will be only for commercial use and not for public as it is not viable due to our small population,” he revealed.
Manyin also revealed that the government would spend some RM10 billion on infrastructure projects in the SCORE area.
“This will include two new ports in Tanjung Manis and Samalaju,” he explained. The minister also expressed confidence that a road would be constructed soon to connect Sibu to Kanowit, Song and Kapit.
He also hoped that Agility would succeed in its endeavour so that it would be able to provide job opportunities to the local people.