Abang Johari (with hand on chest) speaks to some local people while officiating at the earth-breaking ceremony for Batang Igan Bridge.

KUCHING: Sarawakians will enjoy increased income in the next five years, said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

He said this is possible after the state was able to secure an annual RM3 billion payment from Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) through the State Sales Tax.

“If one year it is RM3 billion, in two years it will be RM6 billion and in three years it will be RM9 billion. All of this is used to help the people.

“In the next five years, our income will increase, I won’t reveal (my mechanism) just yet, I’ll just keep it to myself for now,” he said when officiating at a ceremony to deploy reef balls in Daro today.

The chief minister said within three years of his administration, he had been able to bring development to rural areas with mega infrastructure projects due to unity among the people in Sarawak as well as a stable administration.

“In other places, the people are always fighting. In the federal government, the Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, if it weren’t for our support, he would not be prime minister. Even then, it (the government) is still unstable due to its slim majority.

“This is also the case in Sabah, when I see the candidates being fielded in its (state election), in one constituency, there are four to six candidates, how is that going to unite the people?” he asked.

Abang Johari said with a stable state administration, the people such as fishermen could be assisted so that they would continue to make a good living.

“In Kuala Lumpur, they gave the Bantuan Prihatin Nasional (Prihatin), in Sarawak, we give Bantuan Khas Sarawakku Sayang (BKSS) to the people. We also assist them in terms of their fishing equipment.

“To the people of Daro and Kuala Rajang and nearby areas, please support your assemblymen. As long as Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) is in power, we will continue to transform the rural areas,” Abang Johari assured.