Abang Johari testing his skill at playing the beyblade at the ' Saarwakku Sayang' programme while others look on. Photo: Ramidi Subari

Projects take time to complete

KOTA SAMARAHAN: Rome wasn’t built in a day, so don’t expect miracles. It takes time for development projects to be implemented and completed.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said he is not a magician, and urged Sarawakians to give him time to implement the state government’s projects.

“I am not David Copperfield as described by the DAP,” he said, taking a dig at the opposition party.

He said that Sarawak should be thankful as it has the funds to implement the various development initiatives.

“I have formed our own bank, Development Bank of Sarawak and our own oil company, Petroliam Sarawak Berhad (Petros).

“We have granted them exploration rights and we also have taken over the Bakun Dam from Putrajaya,” he said when officiating at the Sarawakku Sayang programme at Kota Samarahan Civic Centre here yesterday.

Abang Johari said that to boost the state’s development, Regional Corridor Development Authority (Recoda) has been divided into three separate entities.

“We have the Upper Rajang Development Agency (URDA), Highland Development Agency (HDA) and Northern Region Development Agency (NRDA).

“We are also focusing on uplifting the living standard of rural dwellers through our economic development. We are also looking to develop the coastal areas, from Samarahan, Simunjan, Sebuyau until Bintulu.

Abang Johari testing his skill at playing the beyblade at the ‘ Saarwakku Sayang’ programme while others look on. Photo: Ramidi Subari

Abang Johari said he realised that the undertakings would incur massive costs which would be borne by the state government.

“But we have our way to generate funds to complete our infrastructure projects.

“There’s a minister who said that Sarawak will be bankrupt, that’s not true.

“As long as I am here, Douglas (Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas) is here, James (Tan Sri James Jemut Masing) is here and Dr Sim (Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian) is here, we would not be bankrupt,” he assured.