KUCHING: Sarawakians have been urged to remain united in building their state so that it becomes a source of their pride in future.
To this effect, Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg said that they must have a unified voice to continue the efforts of getting the state’s eroded rights restored.
“This is also to enable us to implement things that have not been done despite being enshrined in the Federal Constitution and Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA 63),” he said in a special Hari Raya address.
Abang Johari, who is also the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) chairman, expressed his confidence that Sarawakians will give full support to the GPS government so that the voice of Sarawak continues to be given the best possible attention at the national level.
“Sarawak’s voice in Parliament should be stronger than before so that the state continues to be respected while contributing to the stability of the country’s administration,” he said.
Moving on to the field of economics and development, he said that Sarawak must progress in line with the current global trend of creating an economy driven by digital technology and managed sustainably with emphasis on renewable energy and clean fuels such as hydrogen gas and solar energy.
“Sarawak is the earliest state in Malaysia to officially take steps towards this new economy. Even the world has recognised our efforts and as a result I have been invited to speak at the World Hydrogen Forum in Rotterdam, the Netherlands next week.
“On April 26, I also spoke at a dialogue organised by the Temasek Foundation in Singapore. I’m sure the invitation from the organisers was made based on Sarawak’s bold move to develop a green economy driven by clean fuels,” he said.
The premier also said that investors from Korea and Japan were also aware of Sarawak’s development of green fuel.
“With that, they have come to negotiate with the government to invest in hydrogen production projects in the state with a production capacity of 10,000 metric tonnes per annum by 2025,” he said.