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Sarawak needs skilled workforce to achieve high income status by 2030, says Abang Jo

Sarawak needs skilled workforce to achieve high income status by 2030, says Abang Jo

06 Aug 2023

Sarawak is investing heavily in education as it wants to produce talented Sarawakians to help it achieve a high income state status by 2030.

“The state government is investing in educational infrastructure by setting up our international schools so that we are competent and competitive with the world,” said Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg on Sunday (Aug 6).

“We are investing in universities such as UTS (University of Technology Sarawak), giving scholarships to our students,” he added.

Speaking at UTS 7th convocation ceremony, he said with such educational investment, Sarawak hoped the outcome would be positive towards its vision of a high income economy by 2030.

Abang Johari said the state needed a skilled workforce to drive Sarawak towards being a high income economy.

“We have started with our digital economy and that is the tool for us to achieve our dream economy with sustainability.

“Sarawak has produced bio-fuel now and for our future edge we have to explore new ideas for our economy.

“To our graduates, perhaps you might want to do your post-graduate studies. I would like to share with you what Sarawak needs,” he said.

The state, he stressed, needed a lot of data analysts.

“I hope Sarawakians will prepare themselves on big data which is the ‘new oil’ in Sarawak by analysing the data that is available.

“We also need people who can read and also do coding and decoding of this data,” he added.

The Premier said it needed people who were competent in chip design as chips were needed in high volume as Sarawak is embarking on relying on robotics to overcome worker shortages especially in plantations.

A total of 195 graduates from various fields of studies received their scroll from the Premier at the ceremony.

Source: The Star