CM: No let-up in strengthening Sarawak’s status

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KUCHING: The Sarawak Government will continue to strengthen the state’s constitutional status as a regional partner in the Federation of Malaysia.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg said this would be done in accordance with the amendment of Article 1(2) and Article 160(2) of the Federal Constitution with reference to MA63 and its annexes.

“As the head of the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) government, let me give a reassurance that there will be no let-up in our determination to strengthen Sarawak’s constitutional status as a regional partner in the Federation of Malaysia.

“With the recent amendments to the Federal Constitution (FC) that was originally proposed by Sarawak, the basic reference of the rights of the Borneo states of Sarawak and Sabah is now duly given recognition according to the spirit of MA63.

“This achievement thus far on MA63 is part of the 34-point pledge in the GPS manifesto which is the embodiment of our promise to transform the state’s economy and to care for the well-being of our people.

“A promise is a promise, and we must deliver what we have promised,” he said during the Sarawak Civil Service Day 2022 at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) on Tuesday (Jan 25).

He also said that the state government would work with the Sarawak Civil Service (SCS) machinery in the execution of the policies on digital economy, sustainable development, decarbonisation and enterprises for economic prosperity, social inclusivity and environmental sustainability that will be driven by data and innovation.

“At the heart of good policy implementation is an effective relationship between the political leadership and civil servants.

“Hand in hand with the Sarawak civil servants, we will always put the people at the heart of our service.

“Thus, I am confident that the combined strength of the civil service and of Sarawak GPS political leaders will ensure the success of the Post Covid-19 Development Strategy (PCDS) by 2030,” he said.

He added that the State Cabinet now comprises 10 ministers and 26 assistant ministers whereby the foundation of the Cabinet is based on the PCDS 2030 that is aimed at turning Sarawak into a developed part of the country with high income by 2030.

On another note, Abang Johari, who is also Gedong assemblyman conveyed his utmost gratitude to all Sarawakians for giving a renewed mandate to GPS to form the government that will administer Sarawak for another five years.

“We are not merely celebrating victory, we are celebrating stability, continuity and a clear and structured direction forward towards 2030.

“These are essential elements for a successful government that the people have recognised by that resounding mandate in the recent state elections,” he said.

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