Abang Johari (left) explaining government policy during the ‘Randau Petang’. With him is Abang Sardon.
KUCHING: Sarawak will emerge as a high-income state by 2030 in terms of technology advancement and development.
But for the state to achieve this status, its people must be willing and know how to apply advanced technology in their daily lives, said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.
“If not, we will not be able to achieve the status and also we will be left behind, especially in Industry 4.0 revolution,” he pointed out at the ‘Randau Petang’ with the Information Department, Broadcasting Department, National Film Development Corporation of Malaysia (Finas), Department of Community Development (Kemas), Special Affairs Department (Jasa), Biro Tatanegara (BTN) and National Security Council (MKN) here on Tuesday night.
He added: “In order to achieve this, several technologies will be developed in the state such as digital technology and the use of new technologies; namely satellite macro, will be intensified to overcome the slowdown of the Internet.”
In addition, he emphasised technology development for modernisation and efficient agriculture method in order to increase the income of farmers, especially those in rural areas.
“Whereas for the infrastructure facilities such as water supply in the rural areas, the state government will develop a water grid system to address the problem of dirty water.”
For the convenience of the people in the whole state, he said besides the construction of Pan Borneo Highway, the state would develop a coastal road that would connect all the people in the state.
“Meanwhile, to make the transport system more sophisticated and efficient in the state, the government will introduce a bus that uses hydrogen energy and LRT facilities from Kuching to Serian for the people in the city to travel conveniently.”
He said all this is to address the increasing population density, as well as to increase tourist facilities in the city.
The Chief Minister also informed that the state government had set up the Development Bank of Sarawak (DBoS) to raise funds for strategic projects and opening its own oil and gas company, Petroleum Sarawak Berhad (Petros), which could provide economic benefits and employment opportunities to the people.
He also emphasised the importance of developing human resources to develop the state.
During the dialogue, Jasa state director Hassan Busu was appointed moderator in the first session of the Digital Economics briefing which was delivered by the general manager of Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA) Dr Zaidi Razak while Sarawak Information director Abang Sardon Abang Hashim was the moderator for the session with the Chief Minister.
Also present were Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, State Secretary Tan Sri Datuk Amar Mohamad Morshidi Abdul Ghani, Deputy State Secretary (Rural Transformation) Datu Jaul Samion and heads of departments.