Youth tipped to lead digital change

Abang Johari(second right) presents the Sarawak Youth Award (Female Category) to Dr. Sim Wen Sann witnessed by Minister of Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah (left) and Assistant Minister of Youth and Sports Datuk Snowdan Lawan. Photo: Ramidi Subari

ASAJAYA: The younger generation throughout the state is tipped to spearhead Sarawak’s digital transformation towards 2030, said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

“The youth today know about technology. We can see that all of them are using mobile phones.

“Despite being from a sub-urban area that is Asajaya, they are invested in technology. This shows we are entering a new era that is moulded by technology.

“I think our future is bright. We’ll be a developed state by 2030 and our vision for that will be fulfilled through our youth,” he said.

He said this when officiating at a state-level Youth Day celebration at Asajaya Sports Complex here today.

Abang Johari also lauded moves by Sarawak to adopt new technological norms which have been adopted by developed countries.

“I was told a few days ago that we have a new form of sports, e-sports. Usually, this is only adopted by countries such as Korea, but Sarawak is not left behind in terms of digital sports,” he said.

He added that such is part of the new technology-based transformation in line with the state’s vision of being a developed state by 2030.

“The youth are also able to handle drone technology which is crucial to smart agriculture. Drones can used to fertilise our farms.

“Moving towards 2030, I believe we have the talent to do it and this is the kind of transformation we want to undertake,” he said.

Abang Johari said with youth being leaders of tomorrow, he hoped that Sarawak will continue to live in peace and its leaders focused on development.

“My friends and I in the government, we will continue to provide a platform for our youth. Now a youth aged 18 can vote and be a candidate in a state election.

“We will show them the way so that when they grow older, they can take over the leadership from us,” he said.