By Peter Sibon
KUCHING, Jan 13: It is crucial for Sarawakians to continue to support Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg to enable Sarawak to achieve developed status by 2030, said Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) president Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing.
“Therefore, it is imperative that Sarawakians must give full support to CM in his effort to develop Sarawak to be a fully developed nation by 2030. We can’t put our trust in federal government to make our wish to be a developed nation in 10 years’ time come true. We have to do it on our own,” said Masing in conjunction with Abang Johari’s third anniversary as chief minister.
Masing who is also Deputy Chief Minister and Minister of Infrastructure and Port Development stressed that Abang Johari’s tenure as chief minister started with the correct fundamentals.
“Among his first focus was the development of infrastructures like roads, bridges, water and electricity. Without these infrastructural development the productivity of Sarawak assets like land, which we have in abundance, would be almost impossible; agriculture would not be able to take off, and its people will be greatly handicapped in their effort to better their lives,” said Masing.
He pointed out that these initiatives would be impossible to implement if the chief minister had not been proactive in seeking alternative funding to finance these infrastructure developments.
“Putrajaya’s sensitivity on Sarawak’s needs would have made it much easier for Sarawak to progress rapidly. Unfortunately, we didn’t get much help along this line,” he said.
Masing also hoped that Abang Johari would continue to lead Sarawak in spite of the many challenges to attain developed status in 10 years’ time.
“I wish CM all the best in his endeavour to develop Sarawak. You have taken the correct steps in moving Sarawak forward to 2030. Sir, let no Sarawakian be an obstacle to that noble effort. Utamakan Sarawak!” added Masing. —DayakDaily