Exit policy crucial to rebuild economy

Abang Johari, accompanied by wife Datuk Amar Juma’ani Tun Tuanku Bujang, during the chief minister’s address at the SUPP virtual Chinese New Year open house.

KUCHING: Sarawak must have a structured policy for it to rebuild its economy after the Covid-19 pandemic, said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

He said Sarawakians should preserve its unity and harmony to allow the leaders to concentrate on solving the problems faced by the people.

“I take this opportunity to thank Sarawakians for their strong spirit in the face of this challenging time, what is important is that we protect our unity and we must have good policy to tackle Covid-19.

“Our exit policy must be well structured so that we can rebuild our economy after this pandemic, and we must be thankful to the God Almighty that Sarawak is peaceful and its leaders can concentrate their time to solve the problem faced,” he said at the Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) virtual Chinese New Year open house, here today (Feb 12),

On tackling Covid-19, Abang Johari said the state government will continue to implement policies that are suitable to contain the outbreak.

“When I attended the first meeting in Kuala Lumpur by the National Security Council (MKN) on this pandemic, I requested that Sarawak should have certain approach that is suitable for us to mitigate the pandemic.

“I quoted the provision of the Federal Constitution under the Ninth Schedule, Item 7 of the Concurrent List where Sarawak is given the power under the protection of public health.

“That is why the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) has the power to decide what is best (policy) for Sarawak (to tackle Covid-19),” he said.

Abang Johari said the state government has outlined its policies towards being a developed state by 2030, focusing on both providing basic infrastructure and improving its social policy.

On education, he said the state should learn from the Chinese approach whereby wherever there are Chinese people, they will think about setting up schools, meaning education is important to transform society.

“I hope the year of the Ox gives benefit to us and we can pursue our goal for Sarawak by 2030,” he said.