SarawakCare Insurance for B40 youth among social welfare programmes introduced in Post Covid-19 Development Strategy 2030

Abang Johari (right) and Jaul (left) presenting the PCDS 2030 handbook at the event. Photo credits to Sarawak Public Communication Unit (Ukas).

By Ling Hui

KUCHING, July 22: SarawakCare Insurance for B40 youth not covered under mySalam National Health Protection Scheme will be among the social welfare programmes to be introduced by the Sarawak government under the Post Covid-19 Development Strategy (PCDS) 2030.

Although no further details were disclosed, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said this will be one of government’s efforts to establish a firm foundation for Sarawakians to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The well-being of the people is at the forefront of the State government’s agenda and is even more crucial that the welfare of the people is given due attention as we emerge from the economic and personal hardships encountered during the pandemic.

“The State government wants to establish a firm foundation for the people to recover from the devastation caused to their lives and livelihood in the fight against the virus,” he said during the launching ceremony of PCDS 2030 at Pullman Hotel here today.

Among other initiatives to provide a high living standard, healthy and inclusive society with affordable, innovative service delivery for Sarawakians are poverty alleviation programmes, construction of the State Research and Test Lab, new Normah Medical Specialist, special needs welfare services and some housing schemes for the M40 and B40 groups.

Other than the social services sector, PCDS 2030 is also anchored on five other key economic sectors namely manufacturing, commercial agriculture, tourism, mining and forestry, which will be supported by seven key enablers which are digital transformation, innovation, basic infrastrucutre, transport, utilities, renewable energy, education and human capital development.

The Sarawak government has committed an estimated amount of RM63 billion to implement PCDS 2030 under the 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP) whereby RM30 billion is allocated for direct development and RM33 billion for alternative funding.

Among those accompanying Abang Johari at the ceremony were State secretary Datuk Amar Jaul Samion, Deputy Chief Ministers Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan and Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing. — DayakDaily