MIRI: This city will be an attraction for economic development due to its strategic location in the gas and oil industry, said Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg.
According to the Premier, Miri’s economy would gain from Shell Malaysia shifting its regional headquarters from Kuala Lumpur, along with its 2,000 employees and executives, because of Sarawak’s political stability.
He pointed this out at the Miri Malay Welfare Trust Board (LAKMM) Hari Raya Aidilfitri programme here, yesterday.
“Sarawak’s oil and gas industry will continue to grow due to political stability, business-friendly government policies and the friendliness of our society, in addition to its natural resources that can help the state’s economic development.
“Due to its strategic location, Sarawak is one of just four countries in the world that can store carbon.
“We can delve into the cultivation of algae that can provide biofuels while also helping to minimise the consequences of global climate change through carbon storage.
“This is why we are working to develop and produce green hydrogen gas as a new energy source, and we need trained people to do that,” he said, adding that the state government would continue to grow the city.
He also expressed gratitude to Miri residents for the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) and its coalitions’ landslide victory in the state’s recent 12th election.
According to him, the victory allows the ruling coalition to continue with its development plans.
“This demonstrates the people’s confidence in our party’s ability to further develop Miri; thank you for your unwavering support,” he pointed out.
In his speech, Abang Johari also highlighted the latest technology from South Korea, which involves the utilisation of palm sludge and floating solar panels created by LONGi at the Samajaya Free Industrial Zone.
Also present were Youth, Sports and Entrepreneur Development Deputy Minister Dr Ripin Lamat, Women, Early Childhood and Community Wellbeing Development Deputy Minister Datuk Rosey Yunus as well as chief political secretary to the Premier Fazzrudin Abdul Rahman.