News Clipping: S’wak forges collaboration with UTHM, University of Salford to tackle global climate change

Abang Johari (centre) spoke during the press conference joined together by Vice-Chancellor, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM) Prof. Ts. Dr. Ruzairi Abdul Rahim (right), General Manager of Sarawak Multimedia Authority Ts. Dr. Zaidi Razak (right, standing) and Deputy Minister for Energy and Environmental Sustainability Dr Hazland Abang Hipni (left). Photo : New Sarawak Tribune, 14 September 2022 :

KUCHING – The Sarawak government has forged a collaboration with Universiti Tun Hussien Onn Malaysia and University of Salford, United Kingdom, to develop innovative technological solutions that can tackle global and industrial challenges due to global climate change.

Sarawak Premier Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg said that through this collaboration, the state government would, through the Sarawak Multimedia Authority, use several digital platforms to collect the required data.

“The data is important for us to make decisions and policies should a disaster occur and, thus, reduce the burden borne by the people and businesses. This is our approach to reducing the risk of whatever happens.

“The said data will be analysed at the command centre, who can give their proposals to the government on what should be done as a solution in facing the disaster,” he told a media conference after the launching of Transcend Sarawak at the Tegas Digital Village here today.

Speaking at the event, Abang Johari said the current climate change could create various natural disasters.

“For example, during my working visit to South Korea last week, while on our flight, the typhoon was about to hit (South Korea) and the data arrived (to inform the pilot) to divert the flight from approaching Seoul… the data that you get from the centre gives you the signal so that you can avoid risks.

“Any disaster that happens, we have the data in advance which comes from the convergence of data in order to inform people and engage them within the particular vicinity,” he said.

Meanwhile, University of Salford Transcend Project and THINKLab principal investigator Prof Terrence Fernando said in his speech that smart resilience needed to be taken into account in developing smart cities.

“According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, depending on the way we control greenhouse gas emissions, we will have different climate change pathways.

“Under the existing trajectory, the world is on track for a global average temperature rise of at least 2.7°C by 2100. Therefore, it is important that we consider the concept of resilience in our neighbourhood, city and regional development plan,” he added. – Bernama, September 14, 2022

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