Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg

SARAWAK will play its part in nation building by transforming the state’s economy in line with its goal of becoming the most developed state in Malaysia by 2030.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg stressed that a developed Sarawak would help to enrich the rest of the country.

“If Sarawak is developed, then Malaysia will be developed. If Sarawak is not developed, then Malaysia will have a problem area,” he said in an exclusive with New Sarawak Tribune recently.

He said he would turn the state around and propel it towards becoming a developed state, adding that he had a plan to chart the state’s development.

“I have been through this before and previously when our tourism was not that good, I tried to turn it around when I was Tourism Minister. We have seen some success in the sector, but that, I leave it to the public to assess.

“When I was the Housing Minister, the same thing happened. Sibu Jaya was almost down, but I managed to turn it around, and now Sibu Jaya is the most vibrant part of Sibu,” he said.

Abang Johari said, in these two instances, the most important thing was to study the issue and formulate a plan to turn it around.

With the Sarawak Day celebration theme this year being Sarawak Cemerlang (Excellent Sarawak), it would mean that the state would have its economic success and lower the percentage of poverty among its people.

“We will develop the basic infrastructure and if we do that, we can transform our rural areas. We too have talented Sarawakians who can help the state.

“That is why we are pursuing for high technology economy in terms of Information Technology and Petrochemicals which entails high-paying jobs. All of this is because Sarawak has the talent to do these jobs,” he said.