KUCHING: It is high time for the digital mobile healthcare be introduced in Sarawak, said Local Government and Housing Minister Prof Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian.
“It is without a doubt that the world’s economy is now digitally driven. It includes industries such as agriculture, infrastructure, tourism and health. Hence it is timely to discuss digital mobile healthcare,” he said.
His text-of-speech was conveyed by a political secretary to the chief minister, Michael Tiang, when attending a recent welcoming dinner of the Asean Digital Mobile Health Summit 2019 at Seafood Shangri-La, CityOne Megamall.
“We sincerely welcome speakers for the summit where they will share their great ideas on the journey into this unknown frontier, which is an exciting field.
“If they bring digital mobile healthcare into the state, the accessibility will be created and allow people to access it to have constant information about their health,” he said.
According to the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation, the digital economy market worth $1 trillion is a huge market.
“Thankfully, Sarawak is not left behind because it is one of the main thrusts in the State 2020 Budget.
“Since 2018, the Sarawak government has been pushing to introduce initiatives under the Sarawak Digital Economy Strategy from 2018 to 2022. In the state budget, the government had injected RM1.150 billion into the digital economy,” he said.
About 100 persons attended the dinner before participating in the first ever digital mobile healthcare summit held at Pullman Hotel the next day (Nov 17) where Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg officiated along with Datuk Seri Dr Sim himself.