SINGAPORE: Sarawak’s next trade and tourism office will be in Pontianak, Kalimantan, said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg. He expects the proposed relocation of Indonesia’s capital to Kalimantan to be a boon for Sarawak’s economy, a situation that must be taken advantage of, especially in food production.

Abang Johari said this when addressing Sarawak entrepreneurs during Sarawak-Singapore Business Forum and Expo 2019 at Suntec Convention Centre here last Friday. The chief minister confirmed that Sarawak has been closely monitoring the proposed relocation of Indonesia’s capital.

“We will work together with them if they need our assistance. The move from Jakarta is of course totally Indonesia’s decision which President Jokowi will announce if they decide on it,” said Abang Johari when pressed during a forum the same day.

The establishment of a trade and tourism office in Pontianak, Kalimantan would follow in the footsteps of Sarawak Trade and Tourism Office (Statos) in Singapore which was officially launched last Friday.

Abang Johari hoped that with the trade and tourism office firmly established in Singapore, it would be a contact point for the business community.

“The state government will provide all the necessary facilities for the community to work out what they want to do. “We hope that the outcome will be there to the benefit of Malaysia, especially Sarawak, as well as Singapore,” he said.