KUALA LUMPUR: The state government is committed to develop rural infrastructures such as road networks, bridges, water and electricity supplies in preparation of Industrial Revolution 4.0 (IR 4.0).
Hence, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg urged all involved to double their efforts to leapfrog to the IR 4.0.
“We have to leap further. We are already in the second industrial revolution, which involves mass production using manual labour and electrical power.
“We are already left behind by the third industrial revolution which highlights electronics and internet technology in the creation of automatic production. We cannot wait any further. We have to elevate ourselves to the fourth industrial revolution,” he said in his speech at a breaking of fast with Sarawak students organised by Yayasan Sarawak at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre here last Friday.
“The Sarawak government is currently planning to erect 300 more telecommunication towers this year. This is to further complement the existing 300 telecommunication towers in the state,” Abang Johari said.
“We will always look forward in the future and highlight Industrial Revolution 4.0 based- economy.
“Not only that, we will open new areas in the city’s outskirts to further develop the economy especially in the modern agriculture sector,” he added.
Abang Johari noted that this will give added value to the rural economy through infrastructure network and high-speed internet.
“We hope that we can improve the internet speed to around 100mbps to 150 mbps which would allow the technology to be utilised for rural development and stimulate the cottage industry,” he said in relation to the fertigation system and Internet of Things (IoT) for precision farming.
Also present were Abang Johari’s wife Datin Patinggi Juma’ani Tun Tuanku Bujang, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian, DUN Speaker Datuk Amar Mohamad Asfia Awang Nassar and Sarawak State Secretary Tan Sri Mohamad Morshidi Abdul Ghani.
Before the breaking of fast Abang Johari attended the Cabinet Steering Committee Meeting in Putrajaya to discuss the implementation of Malaysia Agreement 1963.
When asked on the decision made during the meeting, Abang Johari declined to comment but said that the meeting went smoothly.
“The meeting went well and I see that it fully reflects the level of cooperation between the federal government and the state government and I’m confident that a lot of the articles within the paragraph can be resolved,” he said.