Michael Manyin to table a Bill to establish Sarawak Research Council at the State Assembly

Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Abang Openg (centre) holding a test tube while STROPI director Dr Lullie Melling looks on. - dayakdaily.com

KOTA SAMARAHAN: Education, Science and Technological Research Minister Datuk Sri Michael Manyin will table a Bill to establish a Sarawak Research Council which will coordinate researches on the state’s resources.

Manyin said today he will present a Cabinet paper on the Bill in September before tabling it in the November session of the Sarawak State Assembly.

“All local research institutes and universities will come under the research council,” he said at a press conference with Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Abang Openg at the Sarawak Tropical Peat Research Institute (STROPI).

Among the research bodies that will come under the council are Sarawak Biodiversity Centre, CRAUN Research Sdn Bhd, Swinburne University of Technology, Sarawak Campus, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, Sarawak Agriculture Institute and Curtin University of Technology, Miri Campus.

Meanwhole, Abang Johari said researches on the resources will be a key driver for Sarawak to move forward in digital economy.

He said there is a link between the state’s economy with the findings of the research institutes.

“Research institutes depend on the collaboration with the industry to produce something out of the researches,” he said.

He said he does not mind putting a lot of money for research purposes, for example, on tropical peat which is found not only in Sarawak but also in the tropical region.

“We get a lot of people out of poverty if we can utilise peat for productive purposes,” he said.

Abang Johari said Sarawak can benefit greatly from its rich resources which are yet to be tapped for economic purposes.

“We feel that we have a lot of resources that have yet to be exploited in terms of research terminology.

“What will happen is that Manyin’s ministry becomes a ministry that gathers all the informations and some of these informations which may no longer be secret will be shared.

“Those that we can share will be stored in Big Data and people and investors can retrieve these informations from Big Data for further development on products and this is where collaboration between the institutes and the private sector can take place,” he said.-dayakdaily.com