KOTA KINABALU: The people in Sabah need more exposure on the benefits of remote sensing technology, said State Resource Development and Information Technology Minister Datuk Dr Yee Moh Chai yesterday.
He said a large state like Sabah required technology that was fast and effective for a wide range of fields such as agriculture, the environment, land development and security.
“There must be optimum usage of remote sensing technology to ensure its benefits reach its end-users and the people, and at the same time, spur the country’s development.
“Therefore, there is a need for ongoing efforts to provide exposure, awareness and knowledge on the benefits it brings to the people,” he said when officiating an awareness seminar on remote sensing technology and related technologies organised by the Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry here.
Meanwhile, Malaysian Remote Sensing Agency Director-General Datuk Darus Ahmad said the Sabah Forestry Department was one of the state departments to fully utilise remote sensing technology to manage forest resources in Sabah.
“They (the Forestry Department) use it to monitor logging and other activities in the forests regularly,” he told reporters.
He also said the technology could take fast and accurate aerial photographs via satellite compared to traditional methods of using aircraft. — Bernama