Deputy Prime Minister pledges action on unimplemented projects in Sarawak’s rural areas

Salang (third left) presenting a souvenir to Zahid while other distinguished guests look on during PRS Pre-Gawai Charity Dinner in Sibu on May 18, 2024.

By William Isau

SIBU, May 18: Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has offered his firm commitment to addressing the issue of approved but unimplemented projects in rural areas of Sarawak.

“As long as Prime Minister (Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim) still gives me the mandate as the Rural and Regional Development Minister, I will ensure that these projects are implemented,” he stated during Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) Pre-Gawai Charity Dinner tonight (May 18).


Emphasising the significance of these projects, Zahid affirmed his dedication to engaging both the federal government and Sarawak leadership to ensure their realisation.

He underscored the vital role of infrastructure projects, including essential amenities and the rehabilitation or upgrading of longhouses affected by fire and floods, in uplifting the rural populace.

Expressing his hope for expedited implementation, he pledged his commitment to assisting longhouses requiring support as the Minister responsible for rural development.

Furthermore, Zahid praised Sarawak’s political stability, emphasising its role as a driving force for swift development. He underscored Sarawak’s leadership in pioneering hydrogen technology, promoting the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs), advancing robotics, and prioritising Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET).

“I mention this not to draw distinctions between Sarawak and other states, but to stress how political stability, coupled with the leadership of Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Openg, have propelled Sarawak’s advancement,” he remarked.

Zahid also commended Unity Minister Dato Sri Aaron Ago Dagang for his efforts in promoting racial unity and harmony, both in Sarawak and nationwide.

The event was attended by Minister in the Premier of Sarawak’s Department Dato Sri John Sikie Tayai, Deputy Minister of Creative Industry and Performing Arts Datuk Snowdan Lawan, and PRS president Datuk Joseph Salang Gandum. — DayakDaily