Sarawak’s golden era: Eight more years to go, says Dr Sim

Dr Sim (centre) presenting a MBKS service medal to a pensioner during the ceremony, while MBKS mayor Dato Wee Hong Seng (left), deputy mayor Hilmi Othman (second right) and others look on.

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By Christopher Lidom

KUCHING, May 28: Sarawak has eight more years to go before it enters its golden era, said Deputy Premier of Sarawak Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian.

Under the Post Covid-19 Development Strategy (PCDS) 2030, Dr Sim said that everyone would enjoy economic prosperity, social inclusivity, and a sustainable environment.

“The golden era is coming. We need everyone to come together towards the same direction to make it happen under the leadership of our Premier of Sarawak Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg,” said Dr Sim in his speech during the Kuching South City Council (MBKS) Gawai Raya ceremony held at a local hotel today.

Launched on July 22, 2021, the Sarawak government committed RM63 billion to implement plans under PCDS 2030 that will double the size of its economy and get Sarawak back on track to becoming a developed and advanced State within ten years.

Meanwhile, Dr Sim said Abang Johari also imposed the State Sale Tax (SST) on petroleum products which acquired Sarawak more than RM8 billion in revenue.

According to him, SST is not a new tax, and it has been there for a long time where it is only imposed on palm oil.

“It shows that for us to march forward, we need smart leadership and think outside the box,” he added.

Second Minister of Finance Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, on May 26, disclosed that SST imposed on petroleum products by the Sarawak government since January 2019 has become the major contributor to the overall State revenue, with total revenue of RM8.52 billion collected to date. — DayakDaily