Follow Estonia, South Korea in digitalisation

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg delivers his address. Photo: UKAS

KUCHING: Sarawak can be a powerhouse in the region by leveraging on its resources as well as following in the footsteps of Estonia and South Korea in digitalisation and innovation.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said with a developed Sarawak, it could also share its success with Malaysia.

“It is common knowledge that myself and my partners in the government aim to transform Sarawak into a digitalised state — one that emphasises on technology for service delivery to bridge the gap between the people and government.

“If Estonia can make it, I am sure Sarawak can too in this region. South Korea is similarly a success story. Back then it trailed Malaysia but now it is far ahead of us as its people are highly innovative and technologically savvy.

“If we combine Estonia and South Korea — the former for its technology application and the latter for its people — coupled with our resources, I am sure Sarawak can be a developed state by 2030.”

He said this when officiating at the Sarawak Civil Service Innovation Convention Awards (SCSICA) 2020 at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching today.

Abang Johari said taking Sarawak to the next level had been his hope all along and he is confident that the state had all the ingredients for success as learning and transforming were ingrained in its basic culture.

He said with the state’s feat in the Innovation and Creative Circle (ICC) awards, the state government aimed to build on its innovation prowess, adding that creativity and innovation must become the norm instead of the exception.

“As the late Steve Jobs once said, ‘Let’s go invent tomorrow instead of worrying about what happened yesterday’. We have to look forward to 2030 — improve ourselves and our product creation.

“I am sure Sarawak Civil Service can do that. I am also sure that we can share our success with Malaysia where we have done so through the ICC awards,” he said.