BEIJING, Dec 5: Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg is on a five-day visit to China to explore new technologies in light rail train and building construction.
He arrived here early this morning and proceeded with his entourage to China Harbour Engineering Co Ltd to learn more on developing an efficient and emission-free public transportation system.
Abang Johari said besides looking at Europe, Sarawak also wished to look into the wide experience and expertise of China in urban transport particularly in the development of hydrogen-powered trains.
Last October, he led a delegation to Europe, including Germany where he visited facilities involved in the manufacturing of hydrogen train and production of hydrogen gas.
Although hydrogen and electrification is a new technology, Abang Johari expressed confidence that Sarawak has tremendous potential in this sector as the state has water in abundance as feedstock.
The chief minister was also interested in the transfer of technology to Sarawak because the production of clean energy is a global trend targeted to reduce carbon footprints and increase carbon credits.
Later in the morning, as part of the two-day itinerary in the capital city of China, the delegation dropped by China Development to gain insight into the bank’s operations and services.
In the afternoon, Abang Johari visited China Railway Construction and Corporation Limited (CRCC) to test ride the hydrogen-powered tourist train.
The delegation also made time to visit a slow-speed Maglev train testing facility at Tangshan in Heibei Province.
Among the members of the entourage was Tan Sri Datuk Amar Abdul Aziz Hussain, chairman of Sarawak Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) which is the implementing agency for the proposed greater Kuching LRT project. — DayakDaily