Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas

KUCHING: The Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) state government is committed to providing opportunities and development in rural areas to all Sarawakians regardless of race.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas who gave this assurance said many of the regional development agencies such as the Upper Rajang Development Agency (URDA), Highland Development Agency (HDA) and Sri Aman Development Area (Sada) prioritise devilment in rural areas inhabited by the Dayak community.

“Much of the development implemented by the state government such as electricity and water supply projects are in the rural areas, where most of the Dayak people reside,” he said.

He also said that Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg was very open to providing opportunities and grant assistance to the Dayak community.

“He has given a plot of land at Ong Tiang Swee Road to the Dayak Cultural Foundation (DCF) as well as to the Dayak Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) for their own buildings. The Unit for Other Religions (Unifor) has also been given a plot of land,” said Uggah, who is also DCF chairman and minister in charge of Unifor.

On the development gap between urban and rural areas, Uggah said in any country, there exists the urban-rural development.

“Our state government under Abang Johari is making great efforts to close this gap,” he said.

He said the state government was committed to ensuring that farmers and fishermen in rural regions were given opportunities to increase their income and break out from poverty.

At the same time, he stressed that unity must be upheld to allow development to be carried out efficiently and effectively without disruptions.