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SARIKEI, Aug 31: Sarawak needs its own roadmap in order to become a developed state by the year 2030.
Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said although Malaysia is on track to be a developed nation, Sarawak would need its own roadmap and mold that is suitable for Sarawakians and their cultures to be truly developed.
“Since we joined the Federation of Malaysia 56 years ago, we have achieved several success in providing development to the people. Of course, we would need our own roadmap if we want Sarawak to become the most developed state in Malaysia by 2030.
“For that, we Sarawakians need our own mold and the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) state government has its own roadmap to develop the people of Sarawak,” he said at the state-level Merdeka Day celebration, here, today.
One of the roadmap Abang Johari revealed was development brought about to the state’s central region including Sarikei, to transform Sarawak into a food basket not only within the country but also globally.
Hence, various infrastructure developments such as roads, water and electricity supplies were being implemented by the state government extensively, he said.
“The state government is committed in implementing and upgrading road projects in the state. One such road is the Jalan Pasi connecting Sarikei directly to Tanjung Manis port town. Another important connection is the Batang Lassa bridge costing RM600 million being built by the state government.
“After all these infrastructures including road networks have been completed, we would be able to turn this area including Sarikei into a modern food and agriculture industrial area through fertigation techniques and Internet of Things (IoT),” said Abang Johari.
Another form of development he revealed was the various new policy in early childhood education that would help boost the socio-economy of Sarawak from an early age.
One of which he said would be revealed and announced during the State Budget 2020 announcement this coming November, would help new mothers to cope with increasing cost of living.
“All of these would not be possible if not for the unity and harmony of Sarawakians who are multicultural, multiracial and multi-religious,” he added.
Abang Johari reminded Sarawakians to not only remember Aug 31 as the day of independence for the country, but also July 22 when Sarawak was free from the British colony in 1963.
He also reminded Sarawakians to also remember Sept 16 as the day when Sarawak joined the Federation of Malaysia. — DayakDaily