CM’s 12 initiatives receive praise

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Datuk Richard Wee

KUCHING: The key elements in achieving the 12 initiatives planned out by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg to chart Sarawak’s way forward are effective execution and changing the mindset of the people.

Federation of Kuching, Samarahan and Serian Divisions Chinese Associations president Datuk Richard Wee said this when commenting on the Chief Minister’s winding up speech delivered in the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) on Friday.

The 12 initiatives mentioned are Digital Transformation, Innovation, Education and Human Capital, Agriculture, Services Sector, Infrastructure and Utilities, Transportation, Renewable Energy, Tourism, Forestry, Manufacturing and Entrepreneur Development, and Mining.

“These are well-thought-out initiatives which were presented and discussed in the Sarawak Economic Action Council (SEAC),” said Wee when contacted on Saturday (Nov 14).

He said the meeting discussed strategic emphasis, focus groups, and rollout timeline to ensure implementation in accordance with the target year of 2030.

“It is comprehensive, inclusive, and all-encompassing. I am confident that if we are able to achieve the initiative and strategic policy for Sarawak, we will definitely be one of the advanced states in Malaysia — if not the most advanced one,” he said.

Pointing out the unprecedented environment caused by the global pandemic, he said that the whole world was struggling to adjust to the current circumstances and also planning for post-pandemic economic recovery while adjusting to the new normal.

“However, I am confident given the political will of the Sarawak government and I look forward to experiencing the high-tech, advanced, knowledge-based, and caring society that we have been hoping for,” said Wee.

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