KUCHING: Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg received a courtesy call from the Institution of Engineers Malaysia (IEM) Sarawak Branch at Wisma Bapa Malaysia here, on Tuesday (Aug 31).
The purpose of the courtesy call was to brief the chief minister regarding the development status of the International Engineering Centre (IntEC).
IEM Sarawak Branch chairman Datuk Ir Janang Bungsu said the state government had allocated a site in Samarahan as well as agreed to allocate a matching grant for the construction of IntEC building.
“IEM Sarawak Branch will procure a unit of shop house to be used as a temporary centre for IntEC in order to enable us to conduct activities such as seminars and short courses to develop, instil and enhance the engineering knowledge of engineers in Sarawak.
“The state is also gearing up to digitalisation, so we hope that engineers too will embark into digital technology such as artificial intelligence (AI) in engineering,” he told reporters after the courtesy call.
Janang noted the vigorous development in Sarawak and many engineers from outside the state were employed in thestate.
“However, we hope that the state government would give priority to local engineers in spearheading the development in Sarawak because we know this land better as its people,” he said.