In 2017, the Sarawak government partnered with China telecommunication giant Huawei (Huawei Malaysia) to develop the state’s digital infrastructure and established the Centexs-Huawei Digital Training Lab.

Huawei Malaysia again signed another memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the state government in April this year   to focus on digital talent development and technology innovation.

This partnership will also further support the state’s digital economy journey, especially in developing smart cities, smart rural connectivity, smart campuses, smart agriculture, smart buildings, smart education, smart tourism and safe cities.  Abang Johari has emphasised the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and ICT education to primary, secondary and tertiary institutions.

Abang Johari and other dignitaries posing with the speakers and organising committee members of Idecs2019 at the closing ceremony. Photos: Ramidi Subari.

Programmes which have been carried out include the upgrading of school facilities, developing students’ interest in STEM and teaching children   programming, coding and others.

Is Sarawak on the right track? Certainly yes. Worldrenowned futurist and theoretical physicist from the United States of America (USA) Dr Michio Kaku has commended the state for doing so.

During the third International Digital Conference Sarawak (Idecs) 2019, Michio praised the state government for being a caring government that wants to lead its people into the future.

“It is very rare, to have a government and ministers that yearn to lead in the digital economy,” he said.