By Yee Mei
KUCHING, Oct 3: Federal Deputy Minister of Economy Dato Hanifah Hajar Taib commended the Sarawak government’s efforts in mitigating climate change to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The Mukah MP said initiatives such as the promotion of hydro-powered electricity, carbon capture utilisation and storage, creation of sustainable aviation fuel through microalgae, and the implementation of the world’s first hydrogen-powered Autonomous Rapid Transit (ART) system demonstrate Sarawak’s commitment to reducing carbon footprint and embracing cleaner, greener technologies.
“I wish to acknowledge the foresight and leadership of our Sarawak Premier, Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg. His visionary leadership in climate actions and sustainable development not only serves as an example for other nations to follow suit but a great contribution to healing our residents, habitants, and beloved mother earth.
“Special thanks to the Sarawak government, ministries, GLCs (government-linked companies), agencies, and individuals for supporting this outstanding cause,” she said at the closing ceremony of the Malaysia Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Summit 2023 Sarawak Region at a hotel here today.
She said the Sarawak government has led the way in terms of sustainable development thanks to its policies that protect the environment while ensuring no one gets left behind in the digital economy.
“Let us remember that our commitment to sustainable development in Sarawak is not a mere obligation but a testament to our profound respect for the land we call home.
“As we move forward, we pledge to continue nurturing our natural wonders, preserving our unique heritage, and building a future where prosperity coexists harmoniously with sustainability,” she said.
Abang Johari officiated the closing ceremony where former Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister, Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu Numpang; Sarawak Deputy Minister of Utility and Telecommunication (Telecommunication) Datuk Liwan Lagang; Sarawak Deputy Minister of Energy and Environmental Sustainability (MEESty) Dr Hazland Abang Hipni; UN Resident Coordinator in Malaysia, Singapore, and Brunei Darussalam, Karima El Korri; and Regional Corridor Development Authority (RECODA) chief executive officer Datu Ismawi Ismuni were also present. — DayakDaily