Sarawak aims to be powerhouse

Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg

KUCHING: Sarawak wants to assert itself as a powerhouse in the region and Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg believes the state has the necessary human capital to do so.

“Yes (we are ready) and we have to create new approaches in education that emphasise on the use of technology.

“That is why I introduced the digital economy approach which transcends borders,” he said during an interview on TVS last night.

Abang Johari said among the far-sighted policies implemented by Sarawak was the establishment of a research centre for infectious diseases.

“Now we are currently facing Covid-19 and we don’t know what other infectious diseases may occur. We have the resources and we need an ecosystem (to fight these).

“The research will be conducted by locals and possibly in the future, we can create a wall to prevent similar diseases from affecting us,” he said.

The chief minister said the state government was also promoting the use of cutting-edge technology including smart cities and smart medical care to ensure a bright future for Sarawak.

“All these will create new and high paying jobs which will provide more opportunities to our youth,” he said.

On food security, Abang Johari said Sarawak would tap the market as the world population was growing along with its demand for food.

“I will launch something on this that is based on environmental sustainability and green technology. It will include our agricultural policies.  

“We also have modern agricultural techniques including internet of things (IOT) which will improve food security,” he said.

The chief minister said by 2050, the estimated world population would be10 billion. By 2030, about 60 percent of the world population would be in Asia, in places such as China, India, Northeast Asia and Southeast Asia.

“This means there must be food security and improved food quality,” he stressed.