South Korea expresses interest in storing carbon in Sarawak following passing of Forests (Amendment) Bill 2022

Abang Johari delivering his speech during the Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebration dinner in Miri today (May 22, 2022). Photo credit: Sarawak Public Communications Unit (Ukas)

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By Ling Hui

KUCHING, May 22: South Korea has expressed interest in storing carbon in Sarawak the day after the Premier of Sarawak signed to approve the Forests (Amendment) Bill 2022 following its unanimous passing May 19 at the Sarawak Legislative Assembly (DUN).

Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg said Sarawak was immediately identified as a strategic location for carbon storage for its ample capacity.

“In this world, I was told, that there are only four areas that can store carbon, and one of them is Sarawak. In terms of geology, we (Sarawak) have a very large capacity (for carbon storage),” he said.

With carbon storage, he said, there is potential for Sarawak to venture into algae cultivation which can produce biofuel, other than contributing to reducing the effect of global climate change.

“Because carbon (dioxide) grows algae, if we (Sarawak) can cultivate algae, we will be able to produce biofuel,” he said.

“That is why education is important to teach the young generations the world’s new technologies to generate skilled people for the development of Sarawak, said Abang Johari.

He also shared about a new technology introduced by South Korea, involving the use of palm oil sludge together with floating solar panels manufactured by Chinese company, LONGi Solar at the Samajaya Free Industrial Zone.

“So, OSIM from Korea with its new technology can then work together with China through LONGi in Sarawak. Not bad, we can get people to work together in the land of Sarawak,” he said  when attending the Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebration organised by the Miri Malay Welfare Trust Board (LAKMM) at a local hotel in Miri today.

Among those also present were Abng Johari’s wife Datuk Amar Juma’ani Tun Tuanku Bujang, LAKMM chairman Datuk Abdillah Abdul Rahim, Deputy Minister of Women, Childhood and Welfare Development Datuk Rosey Yunus, chief political secretary to the Premier of Sarawak Fazzrudin Abdul Rahman, and Lambir assemblyman Dr Ripin Lamat. — DayakDaily