KUCHING: The state governments choice of Internet speed over penetration rate is to ensure that Sarawakians will be on par with the rest of the world in e-commerce, technology and cyber advancement.
Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg said the future for the states economic growth laid in its investment in technology and the people must brace for such changes
Sarawaks ambitious ICT drive, on the back of a RM1bil investment to build ICT infrastructure to provide 2Tbps (terabits per second) of data transfer across the state, is meant for the future generation to further develop its economy based on technology.
The landscape of our economy has changed and I want the young people in Sarawak to grab the opportunities to seek higher knowledge and upgrade their skills in any field through ICT.
We would enhance our ICT infrastructure development to ensure that everybody has access to technology.
We want to make the people competitive and Sarawakians must have the confidence to participate in this new global economic trend, he said at Yayasan Sarawaks education excellence award presentation here.
Abang Johari said Sarawak had a comparative advantage, given its abundant of power after having acquired Bakun Hydropower Dam from Putrajaya.
We already have power (energy). Now we must have cyberpower where we build strength in cyberspace, which is ICT. Then comes the third matter, which is to develop our brainpower.
If we have all these, Sarawak will definitely become the most powerful state in Malaysia, he added.
Abang Johari said the state government would do its best to provide space for young people to progress.
When we talk to our counterparts in Kuala Lumpur about their development plan for ICT, the benchmark is penetration as long as it reaches certain areas. However, they never talked about speed.
In order to be effective, there is a need to have speed, he added.
This will eventually boost our services, education, medical care and online studies or training, all because of fast connectivity on par with the rest of the world, he added.
Abang Johari presented awards to 379 Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) and Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) high achievers from schools across Kuching, Bau and Lundu. They are among 1,427 students across the state eligible for the award.
Each of the SPM excellence achievers received RM500 and an appreciation certificate, while the outstanding STPM students bagged RM700.
The Yayasan Sarawak scheme, introduced in 1986, has benefitted 88,952 students, of whom, 27,845 for Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR), 38,817 for Sijil Rendah Pelajaran/Penilaian Menengah Rendah (PMR), 20,782 for SPM and 1,508 STPM high- achievers.
At the event, Abang Johari announced the renaming of Yayasan Sarawak Education Development Centre to Wisma Adenan in honour of his predecessor Tan Sri Adenan Satem.
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