Natural resources important for Sarawak's digital economy, says CM

Goh Pei Pei

KUCHING: Sarawak’s abundant resources play a vital role to support the state government’s mission to digitalise the economy while ensuring cleanliness of the state.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Abang Openg said development continued and would not stop, and therefore there was a need to look into sustainable development, with a knowledge of science and technology and a right approach.

“We are lucky that we are rich in biodiversity, oil and gas as well as water resources, to allow us to construct hydropower dams to produce renewable energy.

“Besides knowing how to utilise the resources, we need to ensure sustainability. And this is where we need knowledge in science and technology to manage our resources,” he said speaking at the launch of the International Unimas STEM Engineering Conference (EnCon) 2018 at a hotel here on Wednesday,

Abang Johari said the state also aimed to improve the public transport system using the latest technology which was also environment friendly.

“We need technology to have driverless cars as well as vehicles using hydrogen power to reduce pollution,” he said.

Therefore, the state government was committed to upgrade the digital infrastructure throughout the state.

“We are moving toward a digital economy with clean environment, using renewable or green energy,” he said. .

Sarawak government was also promoting innovation as the way forward and improve the quality of life of the people.

Abang Johari added it was important to generate interest among the younger generation on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) to face challenges of the future. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd