Sarawak formulates economic policy to become a net exporter

16/07/2022 06:15 PM

GEDONG (Sarawak), July 16 (Bernama) -- The Sarawak government will formulate a basic economic policy to become a net exporter which will have a positive impact on the country's economy by 2030, said Premier Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg.

He said this policy would be in line with national economic policies and policies involving the agricultural sector which needed to be clearly formulated to ensure that Malaysia becomes a net exporter in food.

"If we put in place the right policy in terms of agriculture, we can become a net exporter. Sarawak has vast land, cheap electricity and we have the expertise.

"If Sarawak is capable (of implementing such a policy), Malaysia can too because it will affect the country's economy when we can contribute to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP)," he said when launching the National Anti-Drug Day and the Keluarga Malaysia Direct From Farm Sale (JTDLKM) programme at Dataran Gedong today.

Meanwhile, Abang Johari, who is Gedong MP, said a mini satellite campus of Swinburne Sarawak University would be set up in Gedong, specifically for research and technology related to paddy and agriculture.

Abang Johari emphasised that modern and new agricultural approaches should be implemented in the state to reduce dependence on imported products.

“A few days ago, I instructed the Pro-Chancellor of Swinburne University to build a laboratory in Gedong and we will have another satellite campus at Unimas (Universiti Malaysia Sarawak) for research. The state government will bear the cost,” he said.

In another development, Abang Johari said the decision by the Indonesian government to impose temporary freeze on its citizens to work in Malaysia will not have a huge impact on the state if it only involves  domestic helpers.

He said he was informed by the Indonesian Consul General in Sarawak, Raden Sigit Witjaksono, that the discussion between the Malaysian government and the republic was over issues on breach of the terms in the domestic worker memorandum of understanding (MOU) that was signed by the two countries.

Indonesia Ambassador to Malaysia, Hermono, on Wednesday, said that Indonesia had temporarily suspended all processes related to hiring workers from its country in all sectors with immediate effect.

He said that it was due to a breach in the worker recruitment deal signed between the two countries on April 1, 2022.

Human Resource Minister Datuk Seri M Saravanan confirmed having received a letter from Indonesian authorities informing him of the freeze.