Abang Johari pays tribute to outgoing State Secretary

17/07/2022 12:11 AM

KUCHING, July 16 (Bernama) -- Sarawak Premier Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg paid tribute to the outgoing State Secretary, Datuk Amar Jaul Samion at a farewell dinner tonight.

Jaul is retiring after serving in the state civil service for 42 years.

Abang Johari said when the Sarawak fourth Chief Minister Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud entrusted him to lead a new ministry to promote industrialisation in Sarawak in 1987, Jaul was among the State Planning Unit (SPU) staff that was roped in to assist him.

He said it was not easy because Jaul was new and their task was to promote Sarawak to investors, however, he had shown his commitment and contributed to the success of luring foreign investments that included Toko Electronics and Taiyo Yuden from Japan, as well as a United States company renowned for producing motherboards.

“We managed to start the industrialisation progress, starting with Sejingkat, Samajaya, Kemena and Tanjung Manis (industrial areas). Also, Kidurong (industrial zone in Bintulu) where we started together with Petronas for the LNG plant. We managed to convince Petronas and Shell to set up SMDS (Shell Middle Distillates Synthesis plant), the first plant of its kind in the world in Bintulu,” he said.

Abang Johari said three years after he became the State Premier in 2017, Sarawak was hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and to recover from the situation, he would make many calls to Jaul even at midnight to obtain the latest reports on COVID-19 and formulate post-COVID-19 Development Strategy.

“I asked Jaul to harness the expertise of those in the civil service and the private sector for us to formulate the strategy to restore our economy,” he said.

He said Jaul had done his best to help the government to adjust the economy towards promoting the digital agenda in Sarawak although it was a new direction in the development of the state.

“You have served for 42 years and I would like to say thank you for what you have done (for Sarawak),” he added.