KUCHING: Sarawak’s vision of digital economy which was launched four years ago has been vindicated as the federal government is now seeking to move in a similar direction said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.
“Sarawak started early in 2017 towards digitalising its economy, ahead of all the other states and even the nation as a whole.
“Based on current trend, Sarawak has been setting itself on the right direction towards digitalisation, and our Malaysian Prime Minister’s recent speech on digitalisation at the national front only seeks to endorse Sarawak’s approach as correct all along,” he said.
He was officiating at the launch of the UnionPay Virtual Card on Sarawak Pay here today.
Abang Johari said the move to expand the capabilities of the state’s digital e-Wallet application was another milestone achieved in the pursuit of digitalising Sarawak.
Last month, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin launched MyDigital — the Malaysia Digital Economy Blueprint – that will chart the growth trajectory of the country’s digital economy development.
He said the government will spend up to RM56 billion on infrastructures for faster and wider internet connectivity under a 10-year plan.
Nearly half of the budget will go into the National Digital Connectivity (Jendela) programme, a five-year plan to expand fixed fibre optic internet coverage to nine million premises by 2025 from 7.5 million in 2022.
Sarawak launched its digital economy vision during the International Digital Economy Conference Sarawak (Idecs) in 2017.
Last year, Abang Johari said Sarawak’s adoption of digital economy has been a boon to the people as they were now adept at technology, allowing the state to weather the Covid-19 pandemic.