Sarawak swamped by offers to develop digital economy

Soon Koh (left) presenting a leadership excellence award to district education department officer Wong Chung Kung at the event.

SIBU: International Trade and E-Commerce Minister Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh said many companies and organisations have come forward to offer their expertise in developing the state’s digital economy.

Those who approached him, he added, were from China, Singapore and Peninsular Malaysia.

“I have been approached by so many companies and organisations and they had proposed several ideas to improve Sarawak’s international trade and e-commerce,” Wong said at the Sibu District Teacher’s Day celebration.

He added that he was taking his time to assess the proposals carefully before deciding on which was the best fit..

“I will assess them as my ministry will only engage the best organisation,” he said.

As part of his efforts to develop the state through a new approach, Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg created the International Trade and E-Commerce Ministry.

“The Chief Minister wants to see the state economy taken to a higher level so that people can have a higher income,” he added.

Wong also spoke about improving the level of education in the state.

He urged teachers to try their best to master the English language to improve the standard of the language in the state and fulfil Education, Science and Technological Research Minister Datuk Seri Michael Manyin Jawong’s vision.

“He told us that when he first entered politics in the 1980s, 90% of the speeches given at events were in English. Now, it is only 40%,” said Wong.

Wong said following the request made by Manyin for assemblymen to adopt schools to encourage students to speak English, he adopted SMK Bawang Assan as he was the assemblyman of the area.

“I will also adopt more schools, including those in the sub-urban and rural areas, for this programme in the future to raise the standard of English among our youths for the betterment of their future, especially in job hunting, job assignment, meeting clients, particularly overseas clients, and for research and e-commerce,” he said.

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