Establishment of observatory a farsighted move

Exterior view of Miri Observatory

MIRI: The setting up of an observatory here was described as a far-sighted move by the State Mufti Department.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg who officiated at the launch of the observatory today (Sept 24) said it would benefit the community in many ways.

“In Miri, we have the Curtin University. Their students can use this centre as a place to study astronomy which is a field of science.

“Through this observatory, we can develop this branch of knowledge as astronomy is a crucial knowledge which relates to technological devices,” he said.

The chief minister noted that technological devices were dependent on the fundamentals of astronomy to work properly and be precise.

“That is why under my administration, we will continue to work on improving our knowledge on the subject of astronomy in our pursuit of digital economy.

“We have to learn together. I must tell you that the future as well as digitalisation is dependent on how a message is passed from one point to another, in this regard, the people in Miri are fortunate to have this centre.”

Abang Johari stressed that the state government was focused on environmental sustainability and the need to have a balanced ecosystem.

‘The current ecosystem must be balanced with the needs and wants of humans as well as the nature. If we can green (our operations) we can have a cleaner environment,” he said.

Alluding to the spread of Covid-19 in Sarawak, the chief minister stressed that it was important that the environment be preserved to ensure the health of mankind.

“Back then in August, we thought when we inoculated the people with two doses of Covid-19 vaccines, that would be it, but then came the Delta variant. If it is not Delta, then it would be some other variant.

“The point I’m making is that we need to take care of ourselves and with us being equipped with the knowledge in astronomy, we can predict what will happen in the future,” he said.

Exterior view of Miri Observatory