Abang Johari: Federal Bestari Programme a failure

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg speaks at the launching of Sarawak Pay.

KUCHING, Nov 15: The federal government’s ‘Program Bestari’ has been labeled as a failure by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

Speaking at the launch of Sarawak Pay today, Abang Johari lamented that students were given free computers but were limited by the lack of Internet connectivity in many rural areas.

“Therefore, these students were unable to make full use of their laptops, so to me, that program is a failure. Because of this, there is a need for every Sarawakian to embrace new technology. We must ensure the rural and urban areas are connected through the digital economy and there must not be any gap to separate them.”

He said the state government will continue to focus on developing the state’s digital economy and will not be distracted by negative comments from any quarters or individuals.

“If I don’t do this, then I am not doing my service as a chief minister for Sarawakians. This effort is not to show off to other states that we are tech-savvy but we are doing this for the future of the state and for our young generation to improve their economy and wellbeing,” he added. — DayakDaily