Sarawak Premier addresses ‘Kuching sinking’ issue, keeping global warming threshold under 1.5 degrees Celcius

Abang Johari when met with reporters during SEB Aildilfitri celebration at Sarawak Energy Tower on May 2, 2024.

By Marlynda Meraw

KUCHING, May 2: Sarawak Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg clears the air concerning the issue of ‘Kuching sinking’ that was raised when met with the press today.

According to Abang Johari, it is crucial to keep the global warming limit under 1.5 degrees Celcius so as to prevent any concerns of water levels rising.


“If there is a mitigation on carbon emissions below the 1.5 degrees Celcius (global warming threshold), it (water level rising) will not happen.

“Otherwise, the water temperature will rise, the coral reefs will die, and the fish will die, causing the water level to rise,” said Abang Johari during Sarawak Energy Berhad’s (Sarawak Energy) Hari Raya Aidilfitri gathering at Sarawak Energy Tower here in Kuching.

Abang Johari said it is important for everyone to play their respective roles to ensure that the global warming threshold is below 1.5 degrees Celcius and said that the previous year, the hottest increase recorded was at 1.45 degrees Celcius.

“Today I saw fishes in Vietnam has died because of the rising water temperature. The same goes for Bangladesh. That area’s temperature is at 42 degrees (Celcius),” Abang Johari said.

Also present for the celebration were Deputy Sarawak Premier Datuk Amar Dr Sim Kui Hian and Sarawak Energy’s chief executive officer (CEO), Datu Sharbini Suhaili. — DayakDaily