Defend Sarawak’s rich heritage, Abang Jo tells the young

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg speaking at the Old Kuching Smart Heritage (OKSHE) appreciation dinner.

By Nancy Nais

KUCHING, Jan 28: Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg wants Sarawak’s young generations to strongly defend the State’s rich culture and heritage.

As these are some of the factors drawing tourists to Sarawak, the State government has set up a State Economic Action Council (SEAC) to formulate post Covid-19 Development Strategy (PCDS) 2030.

The PCDS will focus on three directions namely increase in product production; efficiency in digital and physical connections; and increase GDP to create employment and entrepreneurial opportunities.

“Digital technology is the most common and effective approach, not only to disseminate information but also implement programs with the community virtually. This is a new challenge and opportunity in the digitalisation world, yet, it will open up new opportunities in promoting our initiatives and programs widely.

“Therefore, we hope that other agencies, IPTs, GLCs and NGOs will utilise and take the advantage of these digital mediums,” Abang Johari said during the Old Kuching Smart Heritage (OKSHE) appreciation dinner tonight.

He asserted that all the initiatives would benefit every Sarawakians, especially with the Sarawak government’s aspiration to make Kuching a smart heritage city.

When the Sarawak government established OKSHE, Abang Johari said it is meant to intensify the management and preservation of heritage buildings in the capital city.

“By doing this, we can continue to develop Kuching but at the same time preserve our rich culture and heritage. Upgrading works will take place from time to time to continuously beautify our heritage sites.

“Take, for example, we’ve developed Kuching Waterfront to Kampung No. 3 and all the way to Satok without affecting its legacy. The iconic Darul Hana bridge and Satok bridge are now lit up with bright and beautiful lights which in turn, will become one of the main attractions here,” he said.

On a side note, he added that the government is also paying attention to small and medium industries by supporting them in funds and digital marketing. — DayakDaily