KUCHING: Sarawak needs knowledgeable human capital to fully optimise its resources.
Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said the emphasis on elevating the people’s skill and knowledge has been a major part of his administration’s policies.
“In the past, I had worked alongside former Chief Minister Pehin Sri Adenan Satem, before that was Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud and Tun Abdul Rahman Ya’kub.
“There will be a difference in approaches, but presently we are in a technological world. This is a time when we need to increase our knowledge and professionalism to a higher level,” he said in an interview on the Ghazpirasi talk show on TVS.
Abang Johari said an example of Sarawak’s success in adopting new skills was in performing arts where it now has its own TV station.
“This is one of the ways that we can be develop and this, we are sharing with all sections of the community.
“It is here that we can see we have the resources, only that we sometime lack the creativity. So my policies are different than that of past leaders as the world is changing,” he said.
On the state’s progress to be a developed state by 2030, Abang Johari said Sarawak is halfway towards achieving its goal.
“From a scale of one to ten, I would give it a six or seven. After this, it will be the implementation of the 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP) followed by 13th Malaysia Plan (13MP) – through this, I hope it will fulfil our needs.
“At this time, we need to solidify our infrastructure, our coastal road, water and electricity supply to all rural villages.
“After that, we want to increase our education level and provide opportunities to our youths,” he said.