KUCHING, Oct 3: Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg has highlighted that Sarawak has the potential to follow in the footsteps of China, a nation recognised as a global leader in clean energy initiatives.
He noted that China has been proactive in seeking new solutions and producing an abundance of solar panels, making solar energy a driving force for a cleaner China.
“We recently had an energy conference, and Christiana Figueres (former United Nations climate chief and a key figure in drafting the Paris Agreement) observed that the nation most committed to reducing carbon emissions was China.
“China explores new solutions and produces a lot of solar panels, to the extent that solar energy has become the driving force behind cleaning up China. This means Beijing is no longer shrouded in dust, but is clean,” Abang Johari said.
Speaking at the Malaysia Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Summit 2023 Sarawak Region held at Pullman Hotel, Abang Johari expressed confidence that Sarawak could similarly strive to become a clean and environmentally friendly region.
The event was attended by several notable figures, including Federal Deputy Minister of Economy Dato Hanifah Hajar Taib, former Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu Numpang, Sarawak’s Deputy Minister of Utility and Telecommunication (Telecommunication) Datuk Liwan Lagang, Deputy Minister of Energy and Environmental Sustainability (MEESty) Dr. Hazland Abang Hipni, UN Resident Coordinator in Malaysia, Singapore, and Brunei Darussalam Karima El Korri, Regional Corridor Development Authority (RECODA) CEO Datu Ismawi Ismuni, and Special Advisor in the Premier’s Office Dato Sri Rohani Abdul Karim. — DayakDaily