Sarawak to become ‘battery’ of Asean

Abang Johari (second left) during the virtual signing ceremony. Looking on from left are Utilities Minister Datuk Seri Dr Stephen Rundi Utom; State Secretary Datuk Amar Jaul Samion and Sarawak Energy chairman Datuk Amar Abdul Hamed Sepawi.

KUCHING: Sarawak will continue to leverage on sustainable energy development to fulfil its aspiration of becoming the ‘battery’ of Asean to power continued growth in the region.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said the state is blessed with abundant natural resources as well as a highly competent and skilled workforce.

Abang Johari was speaking during a virtual power exchange agreement signing ceremony between Sarawak and Sabah today.

He said by improving resilience in energy supply and security through interconnections, Sarawak could create a cohesive and united economic market to capture growth opportunities for a greater Borneo.

“Blessed with abundant indigenous resources as well as a highly competent and skilled workforce, Sarawak will continue to leverage on sustainable energy development.

“This is to fulfil our aspiration of becoming the ‘battery’ of Asean and powering sustainable growth in the region,” he said.

At the same time, the chief minister said the state government was making good progress in driving its Digital Economy agenda which has been imperative in facing the challenges of Covid-19.

“Two weeks ago, we launched our Post Covid-19 Development Strategy (PCDS) 2030 to build a society that enjoys economic prosperity, social inclusivity and a sustainable environment that is driven by data and innovation.

“Through these strategies, Sarawak aims to double the size of our economy from RM136 billion in 2019 to RM282 billion in 2030.”

He said, with Sarawak’s focus on environmental sustainability and digital economy, it would continue to be the core principles for an accelerated socio-economic growth post Covid-19 with renewable energy serving as a catalyst.

“This builds upon the proven success of our renewable energy development strategy,” he said.