Sarawak to export electricity to Singapore
By:Sarah Hafizah Chandra
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KUCHING: Sarawak is exploring opportunities to export electricity to Singapore.

Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg said discussions on the matter is still ongoing and it is one of the initiatives to generate revenue for Sarawak. 

He said the state government would however, put a cap on the amount to be supplied to the Republic.

He disclosed that Sarawak presently supplies electricity to Sabah and Kalimantan in Indonesia – the state also has an agreement with Brunei to supply electricity to the sultanate.

“Singapore wants us to export our electricity to the country if we have a surplus. I have told them that Sarawak can only give a certain amount like 1,000 megawatt and not more than that.

“I also said if they have any investments requiring energy, they should bring it to Sarawak to which they have agreed,” he said.

Abang Johari, who is Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) president was speaking at the opening of the PBB 15th Triennial General Meeting (TGM) at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) here today.

Touching on how data centre is the nerve of the digital economy and for conglomerates like Microsoft, Google, and Amazon, he said Sarawak and Singapore could work together in bringing these giant technologies to establish their data centre in the state.

At the same time, Abang Johari stressed on modernisation of farming especially by utilising the Internet of Things (IoT) technology.

He said that many were reluctant to venture into agriculture as the perception on traditional way of farming remained.

Sharing that he had informed Minister of Modernisation of Agriculture and Regional Development Datuk Seri Dr Stephen Rundi Utom to acquire various types of seed, he said Sarawak must fully make use of its natural resources and ideal climate.

“When we talk about farming, people still picture farmers wearing sunhat with their cangkul (hoe). This is no longer the case with the use of technology like IoT and drone among other things in agriculture.

“In Singapore, they have to do vertical farming. We are very fortunate that our land is vast,” he said.

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