Abang Johari (centre) together with (from left) Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, Minister of Education, Science and Technological Research Datuk Seri Michael Manyin Jawong, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas. State Speaker Datuk Amar Mohamad Asfia Awang Nassar, Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar James Jemut Masing, Minister of Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah, Minister of Local Government and Housing Datuk Seri Sim Kui Hian and State Secretary Datuk Amar Jaul Samion beating traditional musical instruments to officially launch 'Sarawakku Sayang' at Kota Samarahan. Photos: Ramidi Subari

KOTA SAMARAHAN: While yesterday marks his third year in office, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg insisted that the work to develop Sarawak is far from over.

Reflecting back on his three-year tenure, Abang Johari is confident that Sarawak is on the right track.

He said that his ambition along with the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) state administration is to turn Sarawak into the most developed state in Malaysia come 2030.

“I have been tasked to helm the state administration for three years and I believe with the foundation we have; Sarawak is on the right track.

“Firstly, we are protecting the sociology and the mutual understanding among us as our home is Sarawak and we must take good care of it.

“Secondly, we have played to our strengths in planning our economic strategy, meaning we are no longer relying on others to develop us,” he said when officiating at the Sarawakku Sayang programme at Kota Samarahan Civic Centre here yesterday.

Abang Johari said that Sarawak is now standing on its own while depending on the experiences and the knowledge of its people.

“If we can do this, then we can transform the rural economy. The area of emphasis is the rural outskirts, which was stressed by Adenan (former chief minister, the late Pehin Sri Adenan Satem).

“We have also shaped the digital economy initiative over the last three years. Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA) is also building communications towers enhance internet connectivity.

“This is to ensure that we achieve at least 4G coverage in urban areas and 3G in rural areas.”

The chief minister said that the state was focusing heavily on talent development to establish leadership in civil service, community and in politics.

“This is what we have done in the last three years, we love our state and we are thankful. Take good care of the state and together we build our beloved state to become the most developed state in Malaysia by 2030,” he said.

Also present were his wife Datuk Amar Juma'ani Tun Tuanku Bujang, Deputy Chief Ministers Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas and Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Jemut Masing, State Legislative Assembly (DUN) Speaker Datuk Amar Mohd Asfia Awang Nassar and State Secretary Datuk Amar Jaul Samion.

State Cabinet ministers, assistant ministers, MPs, state assemblymen and community leaders were among thousands who attended the event.

Abang Johari speaks at the launching of 'Sarawakku Sayang. Also seen are Deputy Chief Ministers Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas (left) and Tan Sri Datuk Amar James Jemut Masing and State Secretary Datuk Amar Jaul Samion.

Source: New Sarawak Tribune