Tok Bali Port at Pasir Puteh will expand a step further with the proposal to make it a supply base for offshore support activities in the oil and gas (O&G) sector.
Malaysian Minister of International Trade and Industry Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed said Tok Bali is seen as having big potential to be transformed into the supply base, after Kemaman, Terengganu.
“We understand that Kemaman is fast developing and is very compact to the point of having no further room for expansion. Thus, we see Tok Bali as having the ability to become a support base.
“It is also because the area at the Malaysia-Thailand border has O&G exploration activities and with Tok Bali being located very near to it, it can become the new base after Kemaman,” he added.
Mustapa said if the supply base plan becomes a reality, a lot of job opportunities will be realised.
“Local companies involved in the O&G sector will also have an opportunity to participate in providing services to multinational companies operating offshore, particularly those at the Malaysia-Thailand Joint-Development Area,” he added.
He also told the delegation visiting Tok Bali that he hoped to secure their interest in making the area a new supply base.
“But we also need to look at the plan from the aspect of human capital and support industries that are needed, and these are the small and medium industries,” he said.
Mustapa said the delegation’s visit is part of the continued efforts of the Special Committee on Investments in Kelantan chaired by him to draw investments to the state.
He said Kelantan was a state that received little investments and had its own challenges, including being far from the west coast and lacking infrastructure such as good roads.
“Over the past two to three years, there have been some companies showing interest, for example three, who will be building a cement plant in the state,” he added.
The committee had previously brought in investors from Korea and Singapore to explore the investment potential of Kelantan.