Abang Johari hints more revenue secured for Sarawak following State Cabinet meeting

A screengrab from the Ukas livestream showing Abang Johari together with government leaders hitting a traditional drum to kickoff the Raya-Gawai celebration.

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By Karen Bong

KUCHING, June 22: The State Cabinet has made a few decisions in a meeting today that will give a boost to the revenue of Sarawak.

This was revealed by Premier of Sarawak Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg when officiating at the Premier of Sarawak’s Department Raya-Gawai celebration held at the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) Complex today.

“I am a little late here because there was a Cabinet meeting where we made several decisions that I feel will bring additional revenue to Sarawak.

“I’m thankful and appreciative to the civil service under the leadership of (State Secretary) Datuk Amar Jaul Samion who have worked hard during the Covid-19 pandemic,” he said when speaking during the function which was streamed live on Sarawak Public Communications Unit’s (Ukas) Facebook page.

Abang Johari emphasised that the close collaboration between the civil service and State leadership has enabled Sarawak to identify Sarawak’s direction and move towards economic recovery post-pandemic.

“Now that the country has entered endemicity, I’m glad Sarawak already has a Post-Covid-19 Development Strategy (PCDS) which will bring Sarawak to a more glorious era.

“Indirectly, we have identified a few sectors that needed to be improved in order to bring better returns to Sarawak in terms of revenue,” he added.

He expressed confidence that the partnership between the civil services and leaders of government can bring about stronger economic development in particular that will change and transform Sarawak into a developed State with high income by 2030.

“This is our hope in line with the theme of ‘begulai sejalai’ and it is with this spirit that we live harmoniously which can be reflected in all our different attires today. Some wear national costumes and ethnic costumes while I am in western suit with songkok.

“This is our multiracial environment. We are very liberal and this approach will enrich our cultures. When our culture is rich, Sarawak will also become rich,” he highlighted.

Abang Johari thus hopes that in the years to come, Sarawak will continue to progress to a better future and her people will continue to live in peace and harmony.

DUN Speaker Tan Sri Datuk Amar Mohamad Asfia Awang Nassar, Deputy Premiers Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan and Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian as well as other ministers and deputy ministers were among those present. — DayakDaily