Sarawak remains steadfast, aiming for 70 pct renewable power in total energy production

Abang Johari (front row, third right) along with Sarawak government delegation after the MOU signing ceremony at House of Commons, UK Parliament, Westminster on April 23, 2024. Photo credit: Ukas

By DayakDaily Team

KUCHING, April 24: Sarawak will not waver to achieve its vision to be a sustainable energy powerhouse by harnessing 70 per cent of its power production from renewable sources, predominantly from hydroelectric power.

Sarawak’s Premier Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg expressed the determination when speaking at the event of Memorandum of Understanding Signing between SMD Semiconductor and Compound Semiconductor Applications Catapult held at the House of Commons of Westminster yesterday.

He believed that Sarawak’s vision is achievable following a promising growth projection of between five to six per cent for 2024.

“In the face of global challenges, including climate change and ongoing conflicts elsewhere, Sarawak remains steadfast in its commitment to adapt, evolve, and rise to the occasion. We are determined to remain competitive and relevant while creating opportunities for growth, economic security, and sustainable development.

“Looking ahead to 2024, I am optimistic as we anticipate even greater prosperity and growth for Sarawak. Economic growth projections between five per cent and six per cent signal a promising trajectory, building upon the solid foundation laid in the previous year.

“Our commitment to sustainable energy is unwavering, with 70 per cent of our 5,625 MW power generation derived from renewable sources, predominantly hydroelectric power,” said Abang Johari.

He expressed gratitude to MP of South Basildon and East Thurrock Stephen Metcalfe for hosting the event and the presence of Minister for Tech and Digital Economy of the United Kingdom, Saqib Bhatti.

To him, their participation signified a significant step towards fostering collaboration between the UK industry players and Sarawak in the realms of AI and semiconductor technology.

The year 2023, was the year Sarawak celebrated her 60th year of self-government from the British. The celebration was particularly meaningful to Sarawak as it was the year which the State was recognised as a high-income State by the World Bank.

“Certainly, we are not going to rest on our laurels but will continue to strive to be on par with developed economies in the Asian region,” said Abang Johari. — DayakDaily