CM keeps State Budget 2019 close to his chest

Abang Johari presenting the scroll to Dr Yeu Yee Lee, who obtained her PhD with her thesis titled 'An Investigation and enhancement of thermal performance in a heat pipe and thermal modelling application, at BCCK today'. On the right is Swinburne’s chancellor Graham Goldsmith. Seen seated on the right is Swinburne’s vice-chancellor and president, Professor Linda Kristjanson.

By Peter Sibon

KUCHING, Oct 29: Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg is expected to touch on a wide range of issues, from socio-economic wellbeing to overall development in the state, including employment, when he tables Budget 2019 on Nov 5.

According to the Sarawak Legislative Assembly (DUN) agenda, as of today, only the Chief Minister’s Budget Speech or Supplementary Supply Bill 2019 (2018) will be tabled on the first day of DUN sitting.

“No comment at the moment. Please wait for my budget speech,” Abang Johari told the media after officiating at Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus’ Graduation Ceremony at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) here today.

A total of 385 students received their scrolls today, where 362, including four from its Melbourne campus, received their parchments, from the chief minister.


Three doctoral (PhD) degrees were conferred on Alexander Fuk Yun Leong, Steven Wong Yung Yew and Yeu Yee Lee. The Sarawak campus has produced 29 PhD graduates since 2012.

From the Faculty of Business, Design and Arts, 171 graduated with the Bachelor of Business in Accounting, Accounting and Finance, Finance, Human Resource Management, International Business, Management and Marketing Programmes. Ten graduated with the Bachelor of Design in Multimedia Design and Graphic Design Programmes.

For the Bachelor of Information and Communication Technology and Bachelor of Computer Science, 19 and 15 students respectively graduated from each respective programme, while 11 graduated with the Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology).

Abang Johari having a light moment with Swinburne’s vice-chancellor and president, Professor Linda Kristjanson and Swinburne’s chancellor Graham Goldsmith after the graduation ceremony at BCCK today.

Meanwhile, 157 graduated from the Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Science and 112 received their awards in Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Civil, Electrical and Electronics, Mechanical, Robotics and Mechatronics, and Chemical Programme as well as a double degree in Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) (Honours) / Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) Honours / Bachelor of Business.

Rounding up the number of graduates is 31 postgraduates students from the Master of Business Administration (International), Master of Construction Management, Master of Engineering (Research) and Master of Science (Research Programme). Also graduating were the second batch of civil servants from the State Human Resources Unit, Chief Minister’s Department, who graduated from the Master of Human Resource Management Programme.

In addition, the Master programme also witnessed four students from the university’s Melbourne campus obtaining their scrolls for Master of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Master of Business Administration and Master of Social Investment and Philanthropy Programmes.

The group of graduates comprises 313 Malaysian students with the remaining from Australia, Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Mauritius, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Yemen, Zimbabwe and Zambia.

For the first time in its graduation history, two students from Jordan and the Philippines took part in the Sarawak campus’ graduation ceremony. — DayakDaily