Social scientists for Score

LONDON: The Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (Score) will not only need technical knowledge workers but also social science experts to look after the social implications of its development, says Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud.

He said most basic physical developments involving heavy industries or new industries that developed renewable energy and biotechnology in the economic zone would require the study of the society as part of the Score’s holistic development process.

Pointing this out, he called on Malaysian students here to take up sociology and mass communication fields to cater to the needs for social scientists in Sarawak.

“Don’t just study political science but consider sociology as well as mass communications,” the Chief Minister said during a luncheon with over 30 students from Sarawak here on Saturday.

Taib also said it would be crucial to be able to gain consensus from the Penan or other indigenous communities on a new settlement for a hydro project and to ensure that they were satisfied with the new environment.

He said it would require social scientists with good understanding of human behaviour and skills to propose the changes and invite all related stakeholders to participate and implement it.

Among those present at the event were Sarawak State Secretary Datuk Mohd Morshidi Abdul Ghani, Special Advisor to Chief Minister’s Office Tan Sri Adenan Satem and Tanjung Manis Halal Hub Development Datuk Norah Tun Abd Rahman.

On the lack of transportation system in places like Kuching, Taib said the state would need economies of scale to achieve better transportation system.

He said Sarawak was big while its population was very small and there were more than 5,000 settlements scattered about three to 30 miles apart.       

A high-level delegation from the state government led by Taib will attend several major events here including the inaugural Oxford Global Islamic Branding & Marketing Forum. — Bernama

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