Sarawak’s cutting-edge battery tech

KUCHING: Sarawak is now venturing into the production of batteries. Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg pointed out that there were many adopters of battery technology worldwide.

“There is now a debate on fossil fuel and renewable fuel. The people now are debating the use of battery in the automotive industry.”

He said this during the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Amalgamated Batteries Manufacturing (Sarawak) Sdn Bhd and Jujiang Power Technology Co Ltd at a hotel here yesterday.

“This partnership will develop new technology in terms of battery production. I would like to congratulate them on their partnership to explore and provide electric batteries for domestic and international markets.”

Tay (second left) presents a souvenir to Abang Johari after the MoU signing as Masing (left) and Wang Dong look on. Photo: Ghazali Bujang

Abang Johari pointed out that a lot of cities were using hybrid cars, increasing the consumption of batteries and that the state could take part in a research on producing more sustainable batteries.

“This is because I was told that the lifespan of a battery is only five years. If we can recycle the batteries and make them sustainable, this would be good as lithium is not environment friendly.”

On the influx of foreign investment in the state, the chief minister attributed this to political stability.

This was echoed by Amalgamated Batteries Manufacturing (Sarawak) Sdn Bhd deputy managing director Datuk Alan Tay Tze Poh.

Tay opined that such stability was a boon to the state’s growth and development.

“Our chief minister is well known for his foresight and open mindedness,” he said in his speech earlier.

Abang Johari witnessed the exchange of MoU between Amalgamated Batteries Manufacturing (Sarawak) Sdn Bhd, represented by its chairman Datuk Seri Tay Ah Ching, and Jujiang Power Technology Co Ltd, represented by its chairman Wang Dong.

Also present were Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing, Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian and MBKS Mayor Datuk Wee Hong Seng.