Taib: Sarawak on right track to achieve developed, high income status by 2030

Taib (centre) inspects the Guard of Honour during the DUN's 150th Anniversary special sitting in Kuching.

KUCHING, Jan 30: Sarawak is on the right track in terms of achieving a developed and high income status by the year 2030 under the leadership of Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

Head of State Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud in his speech during the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) 150th Anniversary special sitting this morning, said he has full confidence in Abang Johari’s leadership as the chief minister was a man of high vision and ambition, and together with the state government line-up have come up with various initiatives that could boost the state economically and socially.

“Sarawak is on the right track to build a glorious future. The government’s commitment in prioritising the interests of the people in its development plan is an important step in developing a progressive and sustainable economic landscape.

“I believe the state’s economy will be more prosperous through the Digital Economy initiative that would give a new dimension to Sarawak’s economic activities. This initiative clearly demonstrates the leadership of Abang Johari who is far-sighted and sensitive to changes of the world economy,” said Taib.

Apart from that, he added, the Digital Economy would also provide many opportunities for the younger generation to engage in entrepreneurship.

Taib said the Digital Economy would be able to make the younger people more creative and innovative, in line with the digital age, and they could easily make a name for themselves in their respective fields.

“I advise our youngsters to seize the opportunities provided by the government to equip yourselves with knowledge and skills in digital technology.

“I also urge all parties to appreciate and support the efforts and initiatives by the government so that it will benefit all of us. The digital era certainly will change the way we live and work,” he said.

Screen grab of Taib delivering his speech in conjunction with the DUN 150th Anniversary during a special sitting, taken from the DUN’s closed circuit television broadcast.

Taib was also impressed with the establishment of the Development Bank of Sarawak (DBOS) and Petroleum Sarawak Berhad (Petros), as well as the Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA), as the catalyst for the development and growth of the state.

In addition, he was pleased with Abang Johari’s initiative to continue championing the rights and interests of the state through the Malaysian Agreement 1963 (MA63) to restore the state’s exclusive rights over the delineation of its maritime waters and the resources within it.

On another note, Taib reminded elected representatives to be self-conscious and evaluate themselves on what have they done for their respective areas.

“The planned development and progress should always reflect the needs of the people regardless of background. I call upon the Honorable Members to always go down to the ground and listen to the people,” he said concluding his speech. — DayakDaily