S’wak govt intends to disrupt economy by transforming abundant water resources into clean hydrogen energy

Abang Johari (right) talking to the press while Sudarnoto looks on at the Sibu DIH launching ceremony here today (Oct 5, 2022). Photo courtesy to Ukas.

By Ling Hui

SIBU Oct 5: The Sarawak government’s implementation of hydrogen economy through the transformation of abundant water resources into clean energy is a type of ‘disruptive innovation’, says Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg.

He said according to innovation expert Clayton Christensen, ‘disruptive innovation’ is the process of disrupting an existing market through innovation and analysis of big data to form new ideas or products.


Abang Johari also quoted American physicist Michio Kaku, saying that big data will be the source of wealth in the near future, replacing oil and gas.

Therefore, in the context of Sarawak, Abang Johari explained, the State’s abundant water resources is a form of big data that can be analysed and added value.

“Our data comes from water. Normally, we see water in a bottle as just water in a bottle. But if you analyse further, water consists of hydrogen and oxygen.

“How can we get hydrogen from water? We read and study the data, separate the molecules through electrolysis to get hydrogen and produce energy.

“This is the process where we add value to our water,” he said when officiating at the Sibu Digital Innovation Hub (DIH) launching ceremony here today.

Abang Johari said the Sibu DIH would surely become a beneficial facility to help the young generations execute their innovations through big data analysis.

Among those also present were Deputy Minister of Education, Innovation and Talent Development Dr Annuar Rapaee, Sarawak State Secretary Dato Sri Mohamad Abu Bakar Marzuki, Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA) general manager Dr Zaidi Razak, Sarawak Digital Economy Corporation (SDEC) chief executive officer (CEO) Sudarnoto Osman. — Dayakdaily