Ambitious PCDS2030 targets achievable

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg (centre) in a photocall with other dignitaries during the launch of Graduate Enhancement Training Sarawak (GETS) 4.0 programme. From left: State Finance Secretary Datuk Dr Wan Lizozman Wan Omar, State Secretary Datuk Amar Jaul Samion, Deputy State Secretary Datuk Dr Sabariah Putit and Sarawak Centre of Performance Excellence (SCOPE) chief executive officer Dr Asleena Datuk Helmi. Photo: Ukas

KUCHING: The ambitious targets outlined in Sarawak’s Post Covid-19 Development Strategy (PCDS) 2030 can be achieved.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg remains optimistic that this will be the case with the perseverance of Sarawakians.

“The PCDS2030 vision is indeed an ambitious plan which has been thoughtfully articulated with specific deliverables and output. Certainly, to achieve all of the agenda will not be an easy task.

“However, I believe that with perseverance and our Anak Sarawak spirit of Agi Idup Agi Ngelaban among our young people, we can and will achieve our dreams to be a fully developed state by 2030,” he said.

He was officiating at the launch of the Graduate Enhancement Training Sarawak (GETS) 4.0 programme here on Wednesday (Sept 15).

Meanwhile, Abang Johari viewed that with Covid-19, the work environment has undergone a significant change with many working from home worldwide, adding that it would be the safest option as the world moves to the endemic stage.

“I foresee that the culture of working from home and having flexible work schedules will still be the most viable and safest option at least during the endemic stage of Covid-19.

“Workers around the world have adapted to the practices of working from home. This trend has become prevalent across the globe and it is predicted to be a new work culture which will stay even after the world recovers from the pandemic.

“It is a work culture that has incorporated flexibility and employees in many countries, according to a study, are hoping it will continue in the post-Covid world,” he said.

Abang Johari said the evolution of this new work culture also meant employers have to adopt hybrid work arrangements and provide the flexibility for employees to work anywhere and anytime.

“As such, companies with strict and clear protocols for on-site and remote working are likely to retain and attract better digital talents among our young people in the long run.

“Therefore, organisations need to provide more training around technology to help their employees improve their skills to adapt to the new work environment while maintaining productivity,” he said.