Development initiative must be supported

Dr Hazland (third left) exchanges a memento with Recoda chief executive officer Datuk Ismawi Ismuni while Dr Abdul Rahman (second left), Jamilah (second right) and others look on.

KUCHING: The Sarawak government’s policy of implementing various development projects throughout the state should be supported by all communities.

Demak Laut assemblyman Dr Hazland Abang Hipni said development allows people to have better facilities and improved socio-economic status.

“Through strategic planning in economic development in line with vast natural resources in Sarawak, it will definitely be able to improve the socio-economic status of the community.

“In this case, the community can participate directly or through the creation of job opportunities so that none will be left behind in the current development,” he said after attending a briefing on the state’s development plans by Regional Corridor Development Authority (Recoda) recently.

Also present during the briefing were Utilities assistant minister (Water Supply) Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi and Tanjung Datu assemblywoman Datuk Amar Jamilah Anu.

Dr Hazland described the pattern of development in the state as the structured through a long-term plan by setting up several initiatives systematically.

“Establishments such as the Upper Rajang Development Agency (Urda), Highland Development Agency (HDA) and Northern Region Development Agency (NRDA) in 2017 under Recoda have boosted the development in Sarawak.

“As a result, some areas in the state have been vigorously developing.

“This is as well as improving the socio-economy of the population when optimising the natural resources including forest and sea products in the area,” he said.