Premier’s visionary leadership paves way for Sarawak’s prosperous future — SUPP man

Abang Johari speaking at the dinner on Nov 25, 2023. Photo credit: Sarawak Information Department (JaPen)

KUCHING, Jan 11: Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg’s visionary leadership has not only secured Sarawak’s present but has also laid the foundation for a future characterised by economic prosperity, educational empowerment, job creation, and shared wealth.

Congratulating Abang Johari for his 7th anniversary, Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) Stakan chairman Dato Sim Kiang Chiok emphasised that Abang Johari’s foresight and resolute leadership have paved the way for a prosperous era.

“The World Bank’s recognition of Sarawak as a high-income status ahead of the 2030 target reflects our robust economic growth. Now, Premier is taking forward-thinking approach to elevate Sarawak to high-income levels with focus on education, increased infrastructure development, modernised agriculture and exploration of innovative economies such as carbon trading and storage,” he said in a statement today.

Sim, who is also Sarawak Housing and Real Estate Developers’ Association (Sheda) Kuching branch chief, lauded several other key initiatives undertaken by the government to propel Sarawak further, including expansion of renewable energy sources, efforts to boost tourism and hospitality through Sarawak’s own airline, and support for small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

“This year also marked Gabungan Parti Sarawak’s (GPS) collaboration with the Unity government which is a crucial step towards fostering stability in Sarawak’s business and economy, particularly in the face of global post-Covid-19 uncertainties.

“Moreover, Premier’s commitment to reclaiming autonomy under the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) is evident through Sarawak’s representation in the Inland Revenue Board (IRB) and ongoing efforts to gain control over critical sectors such as Bintulu Port, education, and healthcare,” he said.

The imposition of State Sales Tax on petroleum and petroleum products was highlighted as a significant contributor to the Sarawak’s gross income, reaching nearly RM12 billion in 2023 and positioned the State as Malaysia’s highest-earning region.

Sim also touched on the Post-Covid Development Strategy (PCDS) that aims to double Sarawak’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and propel the State towards developed status by 2030.

Inclusive policies and emphasis on unity for prosperity, were noted, along with the groundbreaking Ombudsman Ordinance designed to enhance governance efficiency and reduce corruption.

“Under Premier’s leadership, Sarawak is primed for a brighter future marked by unprecedented achievements,” he added. — DayakDaily