Abang Johari

KOTA SAMARAHAN: The robust development happening in Kapit is a success story of the state government’s development-centric policies.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said the once rural town is now enjoying rapid infrastructure development following the opening of a road linking it with Sibu.

“Last month I rode to Kapit from Sibu. The week after I went to the town and after the road was open, there was traffic jam in Kapit as folk from Sibu visited Kapit.

“When the traffic jam issue arises, the people of Kapit asked for the setting up of a traffic light — this actually happened,” he said on Saturday.

Abang Johari also fired back at critics and some quarters for trying to spin the developments happening in the rural town and his recent trip using his motorcycle.

“Some people are jealous. They went on social media and said, ‘Abang Jo is using a half a million-ringgit motorcycle’. How can my motorcycle be half a million-ringgit?

“I bought the motorcycle second-hand and you can ask the previous owner,” he said, adding that the critics won’t rest and will continue to deny the developments happening across the state,” he said.

Commenting on the coastal road network, Abang Johari said once completed, it would be able to open up remote places and the lands could then be developed through agriculture to uplift the living standards of the locals.

“When the income of the people is increased, they will have a better quality of life. Only then can Sarawak truly be a developed state,” he said.