By Jaythaleela K
BINTULU, Feb 17: The third Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA)-Digital Innovation Hub (DIH) was launched here today to promote digital innovation and entrepreneurship among youths in the state.
The other two DIHs are in Kuching and Sarikei. The fourth and fifth ones, in Miri and Betong, are coming up soon.
Minister in the Chief Minister’s Office (Integrity and Ombudsman) Datuk Talib Zulpilip, who represented Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg to officiate at the launching ceremony, said the co-working space would provide startups and entrepreneurs with the networking to achieve speedy economic growth.
“It will be the focal point for entrepreneurial activities in this town and as a prime component of the state’s ecosystem,” he added at the ceremony, which was held at Naim Street Mall Bintulu.
Talib said the DIHs in Kuching and Sarikei had been operating for more than a year now and had successfully connected locals and cultivated entrepreneurship, and he hoped the one here would be similarly successful.
He said Bintulu had vast potential and technology industries and these could be further developed with the DIH.
“Bintulu is blessed with many skilled workers, and it has the highest number of engineers and IT specialists. I believed they can blend well together in driving up Bintulu’s economy further and even penetrate the global market,” he said.
He told those present that in order to further enhance the DIH, the government was also collaborating with the private sector.
In conjunction with the launching, Tegas has partnered Watch Tower and Friends Accelerator, Universiti Putra Malaysia Bintulu campus, Kloaena Digital and myHarapan Youth Trust Foundation.
Also present were State Secretary Tan Sri Mohd Morshidi Abdul Ghani and Assistant Minister for Urban Planning, Land Administration and Environment Datu Len Talif Salleh, who is also Sarawak Bumiputera Technical Education Promotion Charitable Trust (Tegas) chairman. — DayakDaily