Pen Transformative Ideas, Local Authors Told

KUCHING: Local authors are told to pen books that can provide transformative ideas and insights to their readers.

Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg threw them the challenge, pointing out that through reading, the minds of readers are triggered to analyse and be inspired to challenge themselves.

Citing a book authored by Don Tapscott on digital economy, the chief minister said the book has explained the impact of technology on the economy of a nation and state.

These are among the reasons why I am pushing for more ICT developments in Sarawak.

Technology is colour blind. It does not look at a person’s race, religion or background. The success of a person will be based on their own creativity, command of technology and knowledge, he said at the Sarawak’s Authors Festival gala night held at the Sarawak State Library (Pustaka) on Friday.

With the growth of the digital and technological environment in Sarawak, everybody will be given a level playing field to move forward, said Abang Johari further.

He added that the Sarawak’s Authors Festival, which was held from May 18 to 20, should be used by authors and writers to dwell on the ideas on how technology is currently shaping the society.

Also speaking at the dinner was Pustaka board of management member Dr Abdul Rahman Deen who represented the board chairman Tan Sri Datuk Amar Hamid Bugo.

He explained that the objective of the festival was to encourage creativity and quality publications in the state.

To-date, there are 74 writers and 265 publishers recorded in the Sarawak Authors Homepage and the library’s bibliography data.

The festival involved workshops, forums and the gathering of Sarawakian authors over the course of two days.

Also present at the dinner were Abang Johari’s wife Datin Amar Juma’ani Tuanku Bujang, State Secretary Tan Sri Mohammad Morshidi Abdul Ghani, Assistant Minister of Industrial and Entrepreneur Development (Industries and Investment) Malcolm Mussen Lamoh and other board members.

Source: Borneo Post Online