Abg Jo: S’wak working with credible institutions to gain worldwide recognition for its products
Posted on : 20 Jul 2022  Source of News: The Borneo Post

Abang Johari speaking at the Petronas Research Sdn Bhd in Bandar Baru Bangi, Selangor today. – Screengrab via Ukas

KUCHING (July 20): The Sarawak government is working together with credible institutions in order to gain recognition for its products worldwide, said Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg.

He said the state government places emphasis on research and development (R&D), which has yielded some results.

“Many have asked why is Sarawak collaborating with NUS (National University of Singapore)? We collaborate because it has networks with other credible institutions worldwide and we want the certification. If we produce the results, but the world doesn’t recognise them then it’s not good for us.

“With this sort of approach, we hope that our products are certified worldwide and are accepted by international markets. That is our objective,” he said at the Petronas Research Sdn Bhd in Bandar Baru Bangi, Selangor today.

He was there to witness the signing of two agreements between Sarawak Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) subsidiary SEDC Energy Sdn Bhd and Petronas.

One was for the hydrogen electrolyser supply to the hydrogen refuelling stations in Batu Kawa and Darul Hana here between Petronas Ventures Sdn Bhd and SEDC Energy, and another for joint technology collaboration on renewable oil between Petronas Research Sdn Bhd and SEDC Energy.

Abang Johari said he was very pleased that SEDC Energy will be collaborating with Petronas, adding that it was only appropriate for the state to work together with Petronas in giving value to the resources that Sarawak has.

He noted that with Sarawak having high aspirations in terms of energy, such collaborations are the new economy and the way forward.

“Many neighbouring countries are looking at us. Many countries are short of space and short of energy, but they got the talents so they are looking at us.

“We in Sarawak are hospitable people, so why not we work together. We got the space, we got the energy and talents can be trained. That is why research is important,” he said.

Abang Johari said, of particular interest to Sarawak is the R&D on algae to produce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF),  which is also part of the ongoing research programme at the Petronas research centre besides the study of hydrogen as a source of future fuel.

“I believe that if  Malaysia could create its ‘brand’ as a premier proponent and producer of renewable and green energy, then it should be able to capture the market much like Petronas being established as a global brand,” he added.

Abang Johari (centre) witnessing the agreement exchange between Petronas Technology Ventures and SEDC Energy. – Photo by Premier Office

Earlier, Petronas president and Group Chief Executive Officer Datuk Tengku Muhammad Taufik Tengku Aziz delivered his welcoming remarks.

After witnessing the signing ceremony, Abang Johari was given a gallery tour of specialty chemicals, automation and robotics before a tour of pilot plants for hydrogen production, renewable oil and Bio-MEG.

Among those accompanying the Premier were the Deputy Minister of Energy and Environmental Sustainability Dr Hazland Abang Hipni, Deputy Minister of Corporate and Public Affairs and Information Datuk Abdullah Saidol, and SEDC chairman Tan Sri Datuk Amar Abdul Aziz Dato Husain.