KUCHING, June 3: The current political stability in the state has benefited Sarawakians, especially in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, said Demak Laut assemblyman Dr Hazland Abang Hipni.
According to Sarawak Public Communication Unit (Ukas) in a news report today, Dr Hazland opined that the Sarawak government under Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) is not only concerned and taking care of their well being through its various Bantuan Khas Sarawakku Sayang (BKSS) assistance, but continue to brings development projects involving land matter, housing, socioeconomic, and protecting Sarawak’s rights.
“More than RM4.4 billion BKSS have been spent by the Sarawak government to assist the people in facing the pandemic, as well as the newly announced RM1.4 announced by the Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg, which include cash handouts and food assistance, and targeted subsidisation to the people and the traders in the state.
“Apart from that, GPS government also have spent RM91 million to purchase and financing the Covid-19 medicine cost, such as the Covid-19 screen test, personal protective equipment (PPE), RT-PCR machine, quarantine center, face mask and many others,” he said.
Dr Hazland noted, the development’s politics has been in practice since the past and infrastructure development in every constituency continues to be implemented for the benefit of the people while at the same time boosting the local economy.
After the May 2018 incident, he said, the GPS government continued with its own development agenda according to its own mold when the then-Federal government under Pakatan Harapan (PH) had discriminated against the development of Sarawak.
“During that time, many development projects that had been approved and would be approved at that time were canceled just because the GPS government was not on the same page with the PH government, which resulted in the loss for Sarawakian as a whole.
“However, the GPS government administered by local Sarawakian are determined and continue to brought development to the state through the Rural Transformation Project (RTP), Minor Rural Project (MRP), ‘Projek Rakyat’, Program Penambahbaikan Rumah Rakyat Miskin Sarawak (PPRMS) and many others,” he added.
He explained the establishment of GPS with its main objective to defend and protect the rights of Sarawak as contained in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 has never faded, and it is the basis of GPS struggle in upholding the Sarawak rights in Malaysia.
“The reality today, Sarawakian continue to enjoy the benefits of development, and their welfare is being taken care of,” he said. — DayakDaily