Sarawakians urged to support efforts to ‘future-proof’ the state against global change

Seen are Taib (eighth from right), Abang Johari (on Taib's left), and other state cabinet members and their spouses on stage during the formalities.

BINTULU, July 22: Sarawakians have been urged to rally behind the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS)-led state government in its efforts to develop and strengthen the state to face the future.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said since he took over as chief minister, he had implemented various initiatives to transform the state’s economy into a digital economy in line with global trends, and reminded those present that the state must keep up or it will be left behind.

He noted that various initiatives have been implemented to catalyse Sarawak’s economy through the utilisation of digital technology to revolutionise sectors such as agriculture, business, industry, tourism, government services and more.

Abang Johari expressed confidence that Sarawak and Sarawakians have what it takes to set their own path and that Sarawak is capable of meeting the needs of her people.

“Although certain people say that Sarawak will go bankrupt within three years, Sarawak has been proven capable of governing its own economy well,” he said.

He said this during the Sarawak Independence Day 56th anniversary celebration at Bintulu Old Airport here this morning.

Abang Johari also conveyed his thanks to Head of State Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud who was also present, for entrusting the new generations of Sarawakians to him to bring Sarawak to greater heights in the quest of becoming a developed, high-income state by the year 2030.

Amongst those present were Taib’s wife Toh Puan Datuk Patinggi Raghad Kurdi Taib, Abang Johari’s wife Datin Patinggi Datuk Amar Juma’ani Tun Tuanku Bujang, Deputy Chief Ministers Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing and Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, and State Legislative Assembly Speaker Datuk Amar Mohamad Asfia Awang Nassar. — DayakDaily