22/03/2023 05:02 PM

KUCHING, March 22 (Bernama) -- SEDC Energy Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Sarawak Economic Development Corporation (SEDC), today handed over three Toyota Mirai fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs), powered by hydrogen gas, to the Sarawak government. 

SEDC chairman, Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Husain, presented the vehicles to the three Deputy Premiers, Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian and Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan (who was represented by Deputy Minister of Town Planning, Land Administration and Environment, Datuk Len Talif Salleh.

The event was held at the Wisma Bapa Malaysia building, and was witnessed by the Sarawak Premier, Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg.

According to Abdul Aziz, there are five FCEVs in Malaysia, and Sarawak is the first state to use the vehicles since it already has a hydrogen station, which is in line with the state government's aspiration to be the driving force in green mobility and green energy.

“We have only five units in Malaysia, one each for SEDC and Premier Sarawak and three more for the Deputy Premiers.  Actually, this vehicle is for the federal government but there (Peninsular Malaysia) there is no hydrogen station, so all units are used here,” he said after the ceremony.

Abdul Aziz also said that Sarawak Cabinet ministers will be using the FCEVs by next year to promote its use, provided there is an allocation.

Meanwhile, SEDC Energy Sdn Bhd, in a statement, said that the use of the vehicles would provide Sarawak with the space to evaluate and develop a long-term sustainable solution, apart from being an opportunity to study the potential of FCEVs to support the current mobility demand.

“The addition of Toyota Mirai to the Sarawak government leadership fleet shows the commitment of the Premier and Deputy Premiers in walking the talk to realise the state’s sustainable green economy transition by 2030,” read the statement.

SEDC Energy Sdn Bhd is an agency responsible for creating awareness and promoting the use of green energy to the public, as a step towards zero emissions to mitigate climate change.