Education is key for Sarawak to achieve a prosperous future
KUCHING (May 31): Education is key to enabling Sarawak to achieve a prosperous future as the state moves forward in the new economy, Prime Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg has said.
With this in mind, Abang Johari said that he plans to offer a scholarship to Bumiputera students to pursue their studies in higher education institutions, as well as to help students from poor backgrounds, regardless of their origin. ethnicity, to attain a higher level of education.
“I always advise the younger generation to study hard and learn new things, especially with the establishment of the Swinburne University of Technology campus in Sarawak, the Curtin Miri University campus, the ‘Sarawak University of Technology, i-CATS University College and upgrading Center of Technical Excellence (Centexs) as a training centre,’ he said.
He said this during a ‘SAMArindok Aidilfitri’ dinner hosted by Amanah Khairat Yayasan Budaya Melayu Sarawak (AKYBMS) at a local hotel last night.
Noting that the success enjoyed by the state today is the result of the determination of his ancestors, Abang Johari said the state government is already well ahead in its mission to care for the future generation with a list of far-sighted initiatives.
He said the state had recently passed the Land Code (Amendment) Bill and the Forestry (Amendment) Bill in the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) to incorporate the latest developments into the global level, particularly in terms of environmental sustainability.
This is in addition to the implementation of alternative financing to carry out infrastructure projects in the state and the collaboration between Sarawak Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) and Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) to produce biofuel.
With various ingenious initiatives to increase state revenue, Abang Johari hopes that the state can generate surplus revenue to channel to the state sovereign wealth fund once it is set up for the benefit of the generation. future.
He said the state government plans to submit the state sovereign wealth fund proposal to DUN in November this year.
Echoing Abang Johari’s sentiment on the importance of education, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan stressed that interest in learning new fields of study is key to achieving the listed goals. in the Post-Covid-19 Development Strategy (PCDS). 2030.
“We need to strengthen our workforce by further improving the education, knowledge and skills of our employees to adapt to the latest technologies in order to engage in the new green economy. »
He also remarked that Abang Johari is visionary in launching billions of ringgits of Sarawakku Sayang Special Assistance Programs (BKSS) to help people in the state during the pandemic, regardless of their political allegiance and racial background. .
Meanwhile, Awang Tengah, Chairman of the Board of AKYBMS, said they are looking forward to the completion of the Wisma Melayu Sarawak construction project.
During the event, Abang Johari also symbolically presented a fake check for RM15 million from the state government to AKYBMS.
Among those present were Deputy Prime Minister Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian, Federal Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Dato Sri Nancy Shukri, DUN President Tan Sri Datuk Amar Mohamad Asfia Awang Nasar and other Deputy Ministers of State.