Upgrade talent development to propel Sarawak as economic leader -- Abang Johari 

Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg
21/03/2022 06:41 PM

KUCHING, March 21 (Bernama) -- Sarawak needs to upgrade its talent development in order to fulfill its aspiration as a leader in economic development in Malaysia, Premier of Sarawak, Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg said.

He said this aspiration offered the opportunity for anyone, regardless of their gender or race, to use their talents and knowledge to make full use of the available resources to bring the state to the forefront of development.

“To lead, you must have something new. If it is not new, you are just a follower. That is why if possible, we aspire to make Sarawak to be the leader in economic development of Malaysia. We have the resources, the only thing is the talent which we have to upgrade with talent development,” he said.

Delivering his keynote address at the closing of a Women of Tomorrow Boot Camp programme here, he said in progressing towards the year 2030, Sarawak would continue to explore new ideas for its future development which would be based on digitalisation.

Towards this direction, he said future leaders in Sarawak would need to have a good command of the latest knowledge and technology that could be utilised to achieve the state’s aspiration.

Abang Johari said the state government through its Centre of Technical Excellence (Centexs) had already formed a collaboration with China’s communication giant, Huawei since 2019 to form a global training centre here.

He said since then, a number of Sarawakians had been undergoing digital technology training programme with women being the most active participants.

In the course of bringing Sarawak to the forefront, he said the state government would find ways to enable the state to make the fifth generation of telecommunication (5G) as one of its basic infrastructures besides roads, water and electricity supplies.

“Once we have put this basic infrastructure in place and communications can be made in real-time. That is why I prefer to go direct to 5G rather than incremental (migration from 4G). It will cost money but never mind, we will try to find money to invest,” he added.