By Karen Bong
KUCHING, May 3: An independent unit should be set up to ensure the 30 per cent of government projects in Sarawak are allocated to the Bumiputeras accordingly and implemented smoothly, suggests a government backbencher.
Christopher Gira Sambang (GPS-Tamin) was referring to the announcement by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg at a dinner organised by Persatuan Kontraktor Melayu Sarawak (PKMS) that 30 per cent of government projects in Sarawak would be allocated to the Bumiputera community after considering the request from Dewan Usahawan Bumiputera Sarawak (DUBS), Dayak Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) and PKMS itself.
“This special privilege is to assist Bumiputera contractors and consultants as they cannot compete with big players. I fully support the Chief Minister’s move as this will give business opportunities to the many Bumiputera contractors and consultants,” he said when debating the TYT’s speech today.
On the current political scenario under the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government, he observed that the Sarawak government had been striving to find ways to generate revenue for the state.
“The chief minister has strived to increase economic growth through infrastructure development, introducing sales tax on export of petroleum, promoting business opportunity to attract investors to come to Sarawak and many more, which in turn will create and generate more employment opportunities.
“I have confidence that GPS (Gabungan Parti Sarawak) can lead and protect Sarawak’s rights and Sarawakian from outsiders. I have confidence Sarawak is able to become a developed state by 2030,” he added. — DayakDaily