Monday, March 1

Committed to digital economy


Abg Jo committed to bring S’wak forward through boosting digital economy, develop modern farming among youths

Abang Johari addresses the gathering while (seated from left) Uggah, Jabu, Juma’ani, Empiang and Doreen look on.

BETONG: The Sarawak government will transform its agro industry through modern agriculture to boost its food production by accelerating the digitalisation of its economy.

According to Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg, youths including those in the rural areas, who are now computer-literate, and more inclined to pursue computer-related courses.

“We can go for the more efficient modern commercial farming method with it, and able to access the global markets for our products. We would be by 2030 a net exporter of food products, and Sarawakians a more progressive people,” he added.

He said this at a Gawai Antu function, the Iban’s ritual to honour the dead at the longhouse of former deputy chief minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu in Gensurai, Layar, near here yesterday.

Datuk Amar Juma’ani Tuanku Bujang, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah and his wife Datin Amar Doreen Mayang and other distinguished guests were among those present.

Abang Johari said the digital economy is also of great help to Sarawak in developing its agricultural sector as well.

He thus said the government would do more to upgrade existing  digital facilities.

Meanwhile, at the event, Abang Johari advised parents to treat the education of their children more seriously. He was glad to note that at Jabu’s 34-door longhouse there are 63 degree holders, which is a big achievement.

He later announced a grant of RM375,000 to the longhouse for its incubator hub for developing entrepreneurship skill among the youths.

Earlier in his speech, Jabu said his longhouse was puttting up the Gawai this year to honour 28 of its inhabitants who had passed away over the years. He added about 5,000 guests were expected for the celebration, which started beginning of this month.