Abang Johari (third left) and his entourage watch a video presentation on the bridge and road projects at the event.

KUCHING: The parliamentary constituency of Igan will be urbanised in the future with the development the rural town, said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

He said this is a plan of the state government which will be implemented once Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) is returned to power in the coming state election.

“Igan town will be developed. It will have a sports complex and a business centre. We will also look at developing agriculture in the area as well as improve housing.

“All of these will be implemented, God willing. As long as you give us the mandate to rule, no problem. This has been planned.

“Besides building the Batang Igan Bridge, we will look at these five areas of development. The moment you give us the mandate, this will all be settled,” he said when officiating at the earth-breaking ceremony for the Batang Igan Bridge project in Mukah today.

Abang Johari said Sarawak was targeting to be a developed state by 2030 and a component of this is education development so that the educated can contribute back to the state.

“It is about our future. We are the ones who will decide our future. Only Sarawakians can take care of Sarawak.

“We have what we call a collective leadership, as every decision is discussed with the party chiefs within GPS.

“Only we know the needs of the people. We don’t depend on Malayan parties as we strive to develop the state according to the needs of the people,” he said.

On the bridge project, Abang Johari urged the people to view it as a symbol of unity of Sarawakians.

“Looking at the design of the bridge, it even beats the bridge in Putrajaya. It will be an iconic bridge,” he said.