Abang Johari speaks at the launch of the new UCA wing.

SIBU: The state government is looking into new economic policies to effectively face challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, revealed Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

“For this purpose, I have formed the Sarawak Economic Action Council (SEAC) which comprises members of the public and private sectors, professionals and academics.

“We are deliberating on what we should do after Covid-19; Sarawak’s traditional economic policies must change.

“Now the economy will be centred on two crucial policies – digital economy, which we are pushing for as well as environmental sustainability.”

Abang Johari said this when officiating at the new wing of United Chinese Association (UCA) Sibu building here today.

He said Sarawak was adamant on reaching its target to be the most developed state in Malaysia by 2030, adding that it could be achieved if traditional economic policies were reformed to suit current needs.

“We have to use our resources. We need to add value to them and as far as forestry is concerned, we will have a new policy which is to promote reforestation.

“We have observed the private sector, although the companies had concessions, they didn’t plant back (the trees). So, we will find a solution where we can promote reforestation,” he said.

The chief minister said Sarawak was adopting green technology through ongoing efforts on producing renewable energy.

“We are currently researching on hydrogen fuel which will be a new phase of green technology. This will be our future,” he said.