Sarawak CM on 5-day working visit to China

Goh Pei Pei

BEIJING: Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Abdul Rahman Zohari Abang Johari has embarked on a five-day working visit to China, to further explore new technologies in light rail transit (LRT) and building construction.

The delegation, arrived here on Tuesday morning, had visited China Harbour Engineering Co Ltd, where discussions focused on the development of an efficient and emission-free public transportation system.

Apart from Europe, Abdul Rahman Zohari said Sarawak was looking forward to exchanging knowledge and information with China, which had a huge experience and expertise in urban transport, particularly in the development of hydrogen-powered trains.

“Although hydrogen and electrification is a new technology for us, Sarawak has tremendous potential in the sector.

“Our abundant water resources can be the feedstock and production of clean energy, of which this has been the worldwide trend towards the reduction of carbon footprint and the increase of carbon credit,” he said in a statement here yesterday.

“Fuel cells combined hydrogen and oxygen to produce electricity, where heat and water are the only by-products, which was environment-friendly,” he added.

Sarawak Economic Development Corp (SEDC) chairman Tan Sri Datuk Abdul Aziz Hussain was among the delegates as SEDC was the implementing agency for the proposed LRT project in Kuching.

The delegation is expected to visit China Development Bank to get an insight into bank operations and services during the study tour.

They are also scheduled to China Railway Construction and Corporation Ltd to test the hydrogen-powered tourist train and to test out the Maglev train facility in Tangshan, Hebei province, near here.

Sarawak Energy Bhd had also set aside RM5 million to conduct a study on hydrogen fuel cell application in the state.

The company was entrusted by the state government to carry out the research and study, with the aim of transforming the public transportation sector with clean and green technologies.

It was reported that Sarawak would carry out a feasibility study on the LRT in Kuching, which was expected to be completed next year. The proposed link was to connect Kuching, Kota Samarahan and Serian. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd