Many things for us to be proud of

Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing

KUCHING: Sarawakians have much to be proud of in celebrating Sarawak Day tomorrow.

“Although we have a diverse and complex mix of people, we co-exist harmoniously.

“This is a land of deep richness in both natural resources and the social makeup of our culture and customs, the shining jewel of the Sarawak people” said Bintulu MP Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing in his Sarawak Day message today (July 21).

“We are destined to continue enduring the devastating effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, from which we have yet to recover and facing incredible task to control the virus and addressing the economic recession,” he added.

The MP reminded that the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) had always put people first — from implementing strict border controls to preventing the spread of new cases and initiating purchases of vaccines.

“In pursuing  rapid vaccination to stem the spread of Covid-19, the state government took the unique geographical features of Sarawak into account.

“The district and municipal health offices dispatched mobile vaccination teams to proactively enter the remote rural areas, including high risk ones, to reach the people there,” he said..

Tiong pointed out that the forward-looking decisions by the state government in facing many challenges had been a key factor in mitigating the effects of the pandemic.

“The state was the first to independently acquire one million doses of vaccines to reduce the dependence on the federal government’s supplies in order to expedite vaccinations in the state.

“This is something Sarawakians can be proud of despite the challenges faced. Sarawak’s vaccination rate has reached 77.30 percent, making it the highest in the country,” said the MP.

Tiong added that the outstanding achievement was also due to the unique spirit of unity and cooperation at all levels among Sarawakians.

“No one has been left behind in the vaccination drive. We firmly believe that by implementing the precise policy, with the help and cooperation of the Sarawakians, we will be able to realise the goal of reaching herd immunity as soon as possible and then, the economic recovery will be able to begin in earnest,” Tiong said.

In his message, the MP also touched on the developments needed to improve the quality and standard of lives in Sarawak.

He said to improve the living standard of Sarawakians, a fertile foundation must be created for the state’s continued economic growth  and a better society where people could live and work in peace and contentment.

“Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) continues to invest in tailoring measures to the local conditions to better help the people. Funding infrastructure upgrades in each region is one of the ways to pave the way to future investments.

“We are clear that if there is no practical and progressive implementation of development, everything else is just empty talk,” Tiong explained.

He hoped that the people would continue to work together to firmly put the Sarawak First slogan into action by pursuing the state’s rejuvenation and social progress.

Tiong ended his message by wishing  all Sarawakians a Happy Sarawak Day.