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By Yee Mei
KUCHING, May 17: Yang di-Pertua Negeri Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud is proud that Sarawak is at the forefront of developing the hydrogen economy in Southeast Asia.
In his opening address during the Second Session of the First Term of the 19th Sarawak Legislative State Assembly (DUN) sitting today, Taib said that hydrogen economy would be a major contributor to the economic well-being of Sarawak.
“Moving towards 2030, Sarawak will continue to explore new ideas for its future development. I am pleased that the Right Honourable Premier (Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg) has introduced a far-sighted initiative to transform our economy and reduce dependence on natural resources and dwindling fossil fuels,” he said.
He added he is pleased that Sarawak is working with the private sector and foreign governments to harness the potential of the carbon market as new revenue streams from forest resources will be generated for carbon trading projects.
Taib also touched on the Post Covid-19 Development Strategy (PCDS) 2030, describing it as a long-term development plan with Sarawak’s aspiration to become a thriving society driven by data and innovation.
“PCDS 2030 will change the economy’s structure, modernise and improve production efficiency, increase household income, and ensure environmental sustainability.
“I am confident that the Sarawak government has drawn up a comprehensive implementation plan and ensured that all development projects can be implemented effectively to benefit the people,” he said.
Taib added that he is grateful that the PCDS 2030 has included sustainable development and climate change as part of Sarawak’s development initiatives.
He also commended the State government’s initiative to establish a new ministry — the Energy and Environmental Sustainability Ministry — to coordinate the development of the green agenda, renewable energy, and climate change in Sarawak.
“We need to work with experts from various international bodies to address the issue of climate change as it is a worldwide phenomenon that requires concerted efforts from all countries,” he said. — DayakDaily