Abang Johari: ‘Ketek ketek semua ada’, Sarawak’s digital economy proves skeptics wrong

Abang Johari scans his fingerprints on the screen panel as a symbolic gimmick to launch the Petros Multifuel Refueling Station at Darul Hana while other dignitaries look on today. Photo credit: UKAS

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By Nur Ashikin Louis

KUCHING, April 1: Be it parking fees or any bills, everything can be settled at one’s fingertips now as Sarawak continues with its digital economy agenda.

“When you have digital infrastructure, what you do is (when) you pay, you use SPay Global. You want anything, you just ‘ketek ketek semua ada’ (click here and there and everything is available for you).

“For instance, if you go to the ATM, real cash will be withdrawn provided that you have money in your bank account.

“So this is the way we live in the future and everything is digitalised,” said Premier of Sarawak Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg when launching the Multifuel Refueling Station at Darul Hana today.

In stating this, he mentioned that many were skeptical while others chose to ridicule his effort when he first introduced the digital economy policy.

But after five years and a pandemic, he said, all the critics have been proven wrong.

More so, all the digital infrastructures including ‘Spay Global’ and ‘Pay & Go’ apps are developed and owned by Sarawakians.

He then stressed that the same applied to the State government’s efforts in setting up the multifuel station which he believed will be the backbone of the infrastructure for what will be the mass adoption of battery and fuel cell electric vehicles as the world goes green.

Abang Johari informed that countries around the world like Germany, the fUnited Kingdom and Singapore have decided to ban the sales of conventional internal combustion engine vehicles from 2030 onwards.

“Some major car manufacturer brands such as Volvo, have indicated that half of all the cars they produce by 2025 will be electric, and very soon the world will have more Tesla vehicles on the road.

“I hope for Sarawak to not only see this Petros Multifuel station as any other, but a station that’s catering for the future with the electric vehicle chargers, at the same time educating our young on the fuel of the future, that is hydrogen,” he added. — DayakDaily