Transport Minister: GPS clearly committed to boosting S’wak’s economy through PCDS 2030

Dato Sri Lee Kim Shin

KUCHING, Dec 30: The Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) government has clearly shown commitment to elevating Sarawak’s economy through the Post-Covid-19 Development Strategy (PCDS) 2030 to attain a high-income status by 2030 as planned.

Transport Minister Dato Sri Lee Kim Shin is confident that under the leadership of Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg and through PCDS 2030, Sarawak is on track to recovery with a stronger and more resilient economy.

“Under the Premier’s experienced and dedicated leadership, we have seen a lot of rakyat-centric development plans executed, and many more are in the planning to improve people’s living standards, including upgrading roads, utilities and internet infrastructures, talent development, hydrogen production, and air connectivity with other regions to facilitate logistic and air travel for tourists and business travellers.

“The past 15th General Election (GE15), which saw GPS win 23 out of 31 parliamentary seats, showed that the people of Sarawak have confidence towards GPS government,” he said in this New Year message today.

With stronger representation at the Federal level, Lee emphasised that the GPS government will continue to uphold its responsibilities to protect and safeguard Sarawak’s rights and interests as enshrined in the Federal Constitution and the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).

As Sarawak has always been recognised as a model of unity in diversity where the multi-racial and multi-religious society has been living in unity and harmony, he reminded that Abang Johari has made it clear that the GPS government will not tolerate extremism, be they racial, religious, social or political which may jeopardise the harmony, unity, and peace in Sarawak.

As for the transport sector, Lee gave his commitment that the Ministry will continue to work closely with relevant agencies and stakeholders for an integrated and systematic urban traffic management system to create a safe, healthy environment with seamless mobility in cities and towns in the pursuit of developing and improving the transport sector in Sarawak.

“Safety is one of the important aspects and focuses for my Ministry. Working with the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS) and other agencies, we have launched the Transport – Awareness Behaviour Change (T-ABC) Programme to raise public awareness and drive behavioural change among road users.

“I would like to take this opportunity to make a gentle reminder to all road users to drive safely, stay alert, and plan your journey in advance, especially during the festive season,” he reminded.

Lee also extended his gratitude and appreciation to all members of the Miri Divisional Disaster Management Committee on Covid-19, frontliners, and all Mirians for their hard work and cooperation provided throughout the journey of combating the pandemic.

“However, Covid-19 remains a threat, as long as the virus is still out there, we must continue to have good personal hygiene practices, stay vigilant and continue to adopt and practise the new norm,” he advised.

Looking forward to a New Year of possibilities, Lee urged all Sarawakians to work and stand together in unity for a better-shared future and maintain a very strong and stable Sarawak government which will benefit all Sarawakians, where all can enjoy living in peace, unity, harmony and progress.

“Lastly, my family and I would wish all Sarawakians a Happy and Blessed New Year 2023. May the new year bless you with good health, happiness, and prosperity.” — DayakDaily