Substantial allocation announced by Premier the catalyst to re-ignite Sibu’s economic growth, says Pelawan rep

Tiang speaking to reporters at his residence during his Chinese New Year open house on Feb 14, 2024.

By Lian Cheng

SIBU, Feb 14: Sibu needs an external stimulant to revive its stagnant economy and the Sarawak government’s new masterplan which includes the injection of a “substantial amount” is the answer to Sibu’s dilemma, says Pelawan lawmaker Michael Tiang.

He said Sibu needs to have a new game plan as a catalyst to boost Sibu’s development following the depletion of timber resources which has led to stagnant growth.

“When we say a new game plan, we mean some stimulating factors because we all know Sibu is stagnating. When you are stagnant (economic growth-wise), you need to increase the momentum, you need some external impetus to create or generate that momentum.

“So what YAB Premier (Sarawak Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg) is saying, that the Sarawak government is going to inject a substantial amount of resources into Sibu for redevelopment—the new game plan—I think that it is badly needed for Sibu because as you know, for the past 10 years, after (the decline of) the timber industry, logging industry, Sibu in a way is losing its bearings.

“We are seeking an alternative, a new industry to help Sibu to continue to grow,” said Tiang when met during his Chinese New Year open house at his residence today.

Tiang who is also Public Health, Housing and Local Government Deputy Minister expressed appreciation towards Abang Johari for recently announcing the Sarawak government will inject a “substantial amount” to develop Sibu.

During the United Chinese Association Sibu Division’s 2024 Chinese New Year Gathering at a local hotel here on Feb 13 (Tuesday), Abang Johari said a substantial allocation has been set aside to restructure Sibu and turn it into a smart city, which will take up at least 10 years.

Abang Johari however refused to disclose the amount because the main core of the rejuvenation master plan has yet to be finalised. — DayakDaily