KUCHING: The Technology Enhanced Stakeholder Collaboration for Supporting Risk-Sensitive Urban Development (TRANSCEND) Sarawak project will benefit the state in terms of its rapid response system to identify and deal with unexpected natural disasters.
Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg said through data collected in TRANSCEND, it could give a picture on what disaster would happen such as flooding at certain places.
“When we have the data, the state government can respond on how to provide solution to the areas affected by the flood.
“This is what we called an approach for us to reduce the risk happening in one place. Therefore, I am grateful for this collaboration as they will analyse the data collected in our operation centre, and they also can give proposal to the government on what we need for the solution,” he said.
He said this at a press conference after launching TRANSCEND Sarawak and Resilient4wrd Living Lab 2022 at Tegas Digital Village, here on Wednesday.
The project, a collaboration between the Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA), University of Salford, Manchester, United Kingdom and Universiti Tun Hussein Onn will use a digital platform to collect data crucial for government planning.
“The lecturers from both universities have worked so hard to get data that can reduce the impact from disaster that will happen.
“We in Sarawak, they have recognise our ability from the point of using digital applications during the last pandemic. And with this data, it is really important for us to give decision and based for us to overcome the struggle facing by our people including in term of their incomes, business risks and others,” Abang Johari said.
The primary objective of TRANSCEND is to emphasise the most recent discussions and findings that investigates processes, governance structures, policies, and technology that can expedite a transition towards a risk-sensitive and transformative urban development.
TRANSCEND gather partners across the globe including United Kingdom, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Malaysia.
Sarawak was chosen as Malaysia’s major case study owing to the state’s vision of making cities resilient to future climate and disaster risk.
The RESILIENT4WRD Lab: Resilient & Agile Cities for Future is one of the TRANSCEND outcomes using the Mobilise Digital Platform to support agency collaboration, data sharing, and insight sharing to mitigate disaster.