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By Karen Bong
KUCHING, June 4: Nothing can stop Sarawak from becoming prosperous and strong unless Sarawakians are divided, including by external forces, reminded SUPP president Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian.
Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP), he emphasised, has and will continue to pursue the ‘Sarawak Dream’ under the leadership of Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) and Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg, despite the slow down pace as focus has been shifted to combating the Covid-19 pandemic and protecting the lives of the people.
“After 2018 (after the 14th General Election and Sarawak’s four-party ruling coalition broke off from Barisan Nasional to form GPS), under GPS and CM Abang Jo, we continue to pursue our Sarawak Dream and strive towards a golden era by 2025-2030.
“Despite all the challenges brought about by the Covid-19, we are confident to achieve the ambition to make Sarawak a developed and advanced State by 2030 and to share the success and wealth with every Sarawakian irrespective of race and religion,” he said in his Facebook post today in conjunction with the party’s 62nd anniversary celebration.
Unlike previous years when huge celebrations and gathering activities were allowed, SUPP, the state’s oldest political party, celebrated its 62nd anniversary today in a new normal by coming together remotely via a virtual gathering of party leaders and members.
At this critical juncture, Dr Sim who is also Minister for Local Government and Housing pointed out that the SUPP must remain focused and prioritise the people’s lives and put efforts into curbing Covid-19 in Sarawak.
“The MCO 2021 (Movement Control Order) is enforced to reduce further transmission (of the infectious virus).
“Sarawak must scale up on Covid-19 vaccination to meet its completion target in August,” he said.
Noting the importance to support and sustain economic growth and livelihoods in Sarawak, Dr Sim added that initiatives have been implemented to relieve the burden of the B40 lower income group including food aid.
“And together with the Federal government, (we can assist) the M40 (middle income group), SME (small and medium enterprises) and post-Covid-19 economic (recovery),” he said.
He expressed gratitude and thanks to the people of Sarawak as well as party founders, past and current leaders, members, supporters and friends of SUPP all over Sarawak and overseas for their support over six decades. — DayakDaily