KUCHNG, Dec 6: Structural engineers play a critical role in ensuring the development of essential infrastructure implemented in Sarawak, thereby establishing the foundation for the State to achieve prosperity by 2030.
Deputy Premier Datuk Amar Dr Sim Kui Hian underscored the significance of this role within the Post-Covid Development Strategy (PCDS) 2030 where the Sarawak government envisions the State evolving into a thriving society propelled by data and innovation, fostering economic prosperity, social inclusivity, and a sustainable environment for all.
“One of the objectives under PCDS that are closely related to structural engineers is basic infrastructure which will provide reliable access to social and economic hubs while addressing the current needs and laying the groundwork for future growth.
“I believe we need engineers like you to help not only Sarawak but the world to develop sustainably.”
His speech was delivered by Kuching South City Council (MBKS) mayor Dato Wee Hong Seng during the 11th International Conference on Advances in Steel Structures (ICASS) 2023 at the Waterfront Hotel here today.
Dr Sim, who is also Minister of Public Health, Housing and Local Government, highlighted that many exciting construction projects and infrastructure initiatives are taking place in Sarawak.
He reminded engineers and industry players that the core objectives of PCDS involve transforming Sarawak’s economic structure by increasing the scale of production to capture efficiencies upstream, increasing downstream activities and growing the services sector to support the primary and secondary sectors’ activities in a sustainable manner.
Expressing optimism for the conference participants, Dr Sim hopes for a fruitful technical session and effective networking to foster future collaborations.
The conference is organised by Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus in collaboration with Hong Kong Institute of Steel Construction.
Swinburne Sarawak Campus pro vice-chancellor and chief executive officer Ir Prof Lau Hieng Ho and Emeritus Chair Professor of Hong Kong Polytechnic University Ir Prof SL Chan were among those present. — DayakDaily