KUCHING: Utilities Minister Dato Sri Dr Stephen Rundi Utom called on all strata of society to stand united to help Sarawak achieve the mission of becoming a ‘Green Technology State’.
He said due to the state’s unique and harsh landscape and topography, treated water, electricity and infrastructure have yet to reach many places in Sarawak.
However, Sarawak has been gifted with many rivers, and through the implementation of micro mini dam systems, some remote areas have been able to enjoy electricity.
The aim of the two-day Renewable Energy Seminar is to empower society and enhance its understanding on the importance of renewable energy systems.
“It is our hope that all strata of society including the state government, government agencies, private sector, NGOs, academicians, media and individuals can join our hearts and energy together in turning Sarawak into a state of green technology.”
“We hope that through such a workshop, more quarters will sympathise with and be willing to contribute in different capacities such as knowhow, expertise, new technology and financial resources.
“The concerted effort will allow the rural children of Sarawak to enjoy electricity which in turn will give them the same opportunity as children in urban areas,” said Rundi during the opening ceremony of the Renewable Energy Seminar held at a local hotel here today.
Permanent secretary of the Ministry of Utilities Datuk Alice Jawan read out the text of speech on Rundi’s behalf.
Meanwhile, Alice said the ministry is open to any research collaboration.
She said the ministry has been working with Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas), Sarawak Energy Bhd (SEB) and other agencies for the betterment of rural communities.
“Companies such as SEB and the private sector need to be included to reach the vision of 100 per cent electricity coverage in Sarawak.
“Light must be provided for all. It is the source of life,” she said.