Chief Minister lists 4 key areas to complete to meet Sarawak’s 2030 target

Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg

KUCHING: Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg said his government is committed in developing four key areas to realise the Sarawak’s aim of becoming a developed state by 2030.

The four are its road network, extending the coverage of water supply to the rural areas, the development of industrial estates and the provision of affordable housing.

He said with Sarawak moving at pace to enhance its industry and infrastructure with the latest technology, opportunities for work are therefore abound for local engineers.

“This is where we need engineering practitioners to tap the potential and utilise our natural resources in the interest of propelling further Sarawak’s development,” he said when launching Board of Engineers Malaysia 2017 road show in Kuching today.

Abang Johari said Sarawak has set a the year 2030 for the state to complete its road network and be fully connected.

“The Pan Borneo Highway will be the main spine of the road network.

“With its completion, the roads are expected to spur further new development along its many stretches,” he said.
The road connectivity, the chief minister said, is vital as it would help attract more investors to the various development projects that would unlock the potential of more parts of the hinterland.

“We will expect a hive of economic activities that will thrive, and that will be necessarily and amply supported by infrastructure and utility projects, such as electrical power supply and water distribution works.

“This is where the engineers’ professional service will be called to task.”

Other opportunities for the engineers, he said, include the implementation and commissioning of more power plants, dams, port expansion, an light rail transit (LRT) system, as well as projects under the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (Score).

“While we appreciate the engineers’ contribution to the implementation of these projects and other essential services, one must not lose sight that the quality and safety of the works must be ensured, and this has to be delivered through the highest standards of professionalism.

“This is particularly compelling with the recent spate of building failures and short comings in the construction industry as reported in the papers, and the public’s expectation that it should be addressed and mitigated.”

The chief minister said in this context, the BEM road show could provide a timely reminder to all practicing engineers of their heavy responsibility and accountability entrusted to them.

“In tandem with the tide of rapid economic expansion and the resulting hive of construction activities for the state of Sarawak, it is important that all infrastructure facilities and buildings are constructed in full compliance with established standards, as they are designed to last a long time.” – dayakdaily.com