KUCHING: Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Abang Openg says there is no denying that the Chinese community has contributed much to the state’s economic progress and development.
“The Chinese business acumen and industriousness have positioned the community to be in the forefront of business, trade and industry in the state, providing employment and business opportunities for the people, apart from bringing revenue to the state through taxes,” he said.
“The state government recognises the contribution of the Chinese community and the human capital required for the state’s development,” he said in his speech at the opening of the 78th delegates conference of the Federated Teochew Associations of Malaysia here.
His speech was read by Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian.
Abang Johari assured the community that as chief minister he adopts a multi-racial, just and fair leadership in administering the state and will continue to carry out the policies laid by his predecessor the late Tan Sri Adenan Satem, including recognising the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC), annual aid to Chinese schools and rural development.
He also assured that the state government will continue with its business-friendly policy and conducive market environment to attract more domestic and international investment for the progress of Sarawak.
He praised the Teochew community in Sarawak for their contribution in the field of education and commerce.
“In the 1800s when your Teochew forefathers migrated from China, they were mostly engaged in grocery business and trading primary commodities.
“Over the years, we see more and more Teochews moving into the mainstream of the state’s development.
“They have contributed to a vibrant market economy in the state which I hope you will make use of your Teochew network to promote Sarawak nation-wide and abroad,” he said, adding that the Teochew community has been living in a diverse multi-cultural society in harmony with the other local communities and has been a major contributor to the development of Sarawak and the nation, in particular in the field of education, commerce and industry.
Abang Johari said the Kuching Teochew Association has a long historical relationship with the government since it was formed in 1864.
“I trust that you will continue to promote tourism and business investment in Sarawak through your vast network, and continue to play an important role in the state’s socio-economic development and multi-racial power-sharing government,” he added.
He said he is happy that the association marks its 153rd anniversary with the launch of Wisma Teochew, a development project at the plots of land at Jalan Tun Ahmad Zaidi Adruce.
He understands that the ground-breaking had been performed just three days ago to kick start works, Phase 1 is a 5-storey building for commercial, office, education, a multi-purpose hall and a temple at the roof level while the second phase will be a 12-storey building for commercial and service apartment.
He hopes that the revenue generated from this property will help fund many more meaningful social welfare initiatives of the association to benefit the community at large. – dayakdaily.com