Saturday, January 25

Greater exposure to remote sensing tech needed

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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.

WHAT’S THAT?: Yee asking Darus (right) about something after the former officiated an awareness seminar on remote sensing technology and related technologies. — Bernama photo

WHAT’S THAT?: Yee asking Darus (right) about something after the former officiated an awareness seminar on remote sensing technology and related technologies. — Bernama photo

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