2021 first year of master plan implementation

Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg

KUCHING: Sarawak’s transformation in terms of providing complete infrastructure and basic amenities to the people by 2025 starts this year.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said 2021 would be the first year of the implementation of the transformation master plan.

“I think for 2017 until 2020, the principles have been laid out and from 2021 to 2025 would be when we implement what has been planned, including infrastructure, roads as well as water and electricity supply.

“The Sarawak Alternative Rural Electrification Scheme (Sares) has been effective and looking from figures given to me, we could supply electricity to all villages and longhouses by 2023 ahead of the targeted 2025 as we have the technology.

“Same goes for water supply, which we can fully implement by 2023 to 2024,” he said in an exclusive interview with New Sarawak Tribune.

Abang Johari said if Sarawak had fully laid out its foundation in terms of fulfilling basic needs for the people, the community would be able to play a role in the state’s economic development.

“2021 will be the first year where we can implement all this projects up until 2025.

“Besides that, we are developing human capital, our talent development and possibly between 2025 to 2030, we can achieve what we have dreamed of.”

Asked whether Sarawak’s vision to be a developed state by 2030 could be achieved ahead of schedule, Abang Johari said it ws important to remain grounded.

“We mustn’t be overconfident, but we need to plan wisely and I see we have done so. Maybe we will achieve (the vision) earlier and just maybe, Sarawak’s economy will be the epicentre of Malaysia’s economy.”

He said if this could be done, it would attract investors as they would see Sarawak as an investment destination.

“We are confident, if we are able to attract investors, we will be a region in Malaysia that is able to stimulate the nation’s economy.”