Abang Johari: Policy makers have greater responsibility to see that Sarawak is not lagging behind other states

File picture: Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg

KUCHING: Sarawak’s policy makers have greater responsibility to ensure that the state is not lagging behind others in achieving the high income national goal, Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Abang Openg said.

He said Sarawak has pursued a few strategic thrusts, including creating an environment suitable for unleashing economic growth, moving towards inclusive socio-economic development and building an environment that enhances the quality of life of all people in the nation, to achieve the goal.

“Sarawak government, together with the federal government, have allocated a substantial amount of fund for infrastructure development in the state.

“Such development is part of the strategy to transform Sarawak’s traditional economy into a digital economy,” he said in his speech at the opening of the International Conference on Development, Environment and Society here.

His speech was read out by Education, Science and Technological Research Minister Datuk Michael Manyin.

Abang Johari said the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) is one of five economic development corridors created by the federal government as part of its ambitious plan to stimulate investment-led growth in traditionally rural areas.

“This is indeed a living example of strategizing a more balanced regional development by creating economic and job opportunities to initially less-developed region in the state,” he said.

The chief minister said as Sarawak moves forward towards achieving a high income status in by 2020, he would like its rich natural resources, be it oil and gas, forest or fisheries resources, to be utilized more optimally.

“This is crucial as we need to ensure that these resources could continue to generate streams of revenue as an impetus to long term economic growth or even economic development of the state,” he said.

The chief minister said he wants to ensure that all ethnic groups will continue to enjoy the fruit of development in a peaceful and harmonious manner without jeopardizing the quality of the environment and its natural resources.

“We would continue to embrace the high commitment to ensure all policies devised and implemented in the state are in place to create a healthy, equitable, inclusive and sustainable ecosystem in Sarawak.

“The challenge for policy makers today is on how to propel the economy to a greater height, and with more direct positive impact channelled to its local communities,” he added. – dayakdaily.com