Abang Johari: PM briefed after asking about Sarawak's direction towards new economy, clean energy

Malay Mail
Malay Mail

KUCHING, March 18 — Sarawak Premier Tan Sri Abang Johari Openg today said he had briefed Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim on the state’s direction towards the new economy.

The premier said the briefing was made after Anwar made a phone call asking for information on the matter.

“He wanted to know more since we are quite in the forefront in the new economy, particularly in terms of carbon emission as well as a move towards clean energy,” he told reporters after officiating the state-level Women’s Day celebration at the Penview Convention Centre here.

Abang Johari said the prime minister also wanted to know more about industries in Sarawak as its economy seemed to have a different direction from that of the federal government because of the new economy.

“This is something new. He wants to know more about our direction in the new economy and clean energy.

“As you know we are quite advanced in that and as you know I was in East Kalimantan, Indonesia, recently where we have, through Sarawak Energy Berhad, a 25 per cent equity in Melinau hydro-power,” he said.

“Now, we are talking to Singapore because they also want our energy. So, we have to share with our neighbours. They also want clean energy,” he added.

Abang Johari said he will announce the details of the state’s bio-fuel phyto-plant within two months.

“This will definitely change the whole economic dimension and become the key figure in Sarawak,” he added, believing that Sarawak will reach a certain goal by 2030.

“What we are doing now is to build infrastructures, such as roads, bridges, water and electricity supplies, and that is what I have been doing over the last six years,” he said.