Digitalisation the way to go: Abang Johari

Taib (2nd right), Abang Johari (3rd right) and others being briefed by Md Ahir Ahmad on the purposed mosque upgrade project.

BY AHMAD HAMKAR SARBINEE

KUCHING: Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Abang Openg reiterated the importance of Sarawak’s migration towards digitisation.

He said the current aspect of development is based on digital technology which required the state to migrate from conventional methods to digital.

He said the state was fortunate to have started making strides towards digitalisation through the first Sarawak International Digital Economic Conference (IDECS) in 2017.

“This process can be defined as a migration of thought,” the chief minister said  at the state-level Ma’al Hijrah 2020 celebration at the Al-Abyad Mosque here on Wednesday (Aug 19).

Meanwhile, he said any information, thought or ideology from all over the world should be monitored so that it does not harm the people in the state.

“In this regard, we have established a digital legal framework under Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA) to monitor digital-related activities under the scope permitted by law,” he said.

The event was graced by Governor Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud along with wife Toh Puan Datuk Patinggi Raghad Kurdi Taib.

Some 600 individuals attended.

At the same ceremony, Abang Johari also presented a fund contribution of RM915,000 from the state government to Masjid Al-Abyad for the work of upgrading the mosque. The amount was received by the mosque’s representative Md Ahir Ahmad.

Among those present were Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, Assistant Minister of Islamic Affairs and DBKU Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi, Sarawak Islamic Council (SIC) president Datuk Misnu Taha, State Mufti Datuk Kipli Yassin and Minister of Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah.