KUCHING: The 275kV interconnection, which has materialised following a power exchange agreement between Sabah and Sarawak, will realise the Asean Power Grid vision.
Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Hajiji Noor said this was proposed under Brunei Darussalam–Indonesia–Malaysia–Philippines East Asean Growth Area to develop electricity infrastructure among Asean countries.
“This will directly increase investment from abroad and support the growth of the manufacturing and upstream industrial sectors.
“I’m optimistic that the continuation of this project will be able to create employment opportunities in the heavy and light industry sector as well as improve the socio-economic level, especially in rural areas.”
He said this during the power exchange agreement signing ceremony between Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd and Sarawak Energy Berhad today.
Hajiji said the agreement would indirectly support economic growth for Sabah and Sarawak.
“I’m also confident that this agreement will have a positive impact on the Sabah Grid System and will support the state’s development agenda, namely Sabah Maju Jaya.”
He lauded the move to improve the electricity supply system in the state as one of the efforts to help drive the development of Sabah.
Hajiji said the agreement was also an important first step towards realising a common goal for the East Asean Growth Area comprising
Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines to link infrastructure among Asean countries through the Asean Power Grid (APG) that will improve the economic level of all countries involved.
The chief minister said a more stable electricity supply will directly increase both domestic and foreign investments apart from supporting the growth of industrial manufacturing and upstream sectors as well as creating employment opportunities in the heavy and light industrial sector.
More importantly, he said it would uplift socio-economic levels, especially in rural areas.
“Through the agreement, it is hoped that closer relations will be fostered between Sabah and Sarawak and greater cooperation will be promoted in the future for the mutual benefit of both states and their people,” he said.
Hajiji noted that the agreement augured well with SESB’s vision to become a power company that is effective, credible, and a catalyst for the development of Sabah.
“In an increasingly challenging energy industry environment and rising consumer expectations for reliable services, such initiative is imperative for SESB,” he added.