KUCHING: Sarawak is well on its way to being on the same level as other far more developed states in Malaysia.

Works Minister Baru Bian revealed that more development would be coming to Sarawak as emphasis and focus would be given towards narrowing the gap between Sarawak and other states.

“The Prime Minister and his Cabinet are well aware of this issue and as a result, more development will be coming to Sarawak in the coming years.

“In fact, each ministry had been asked to look into their budget to see what they can offer to develop here and with this I hope to see great development and strides taking place here for the upcoming years,” said Baru during Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How’s Chinese New Year open house at Stampin PKR’s office here, yesterday.

Besides that, Baru also mentioned that the Malaysian Cabinet had been informed regarding two more issues, including economic as well as race relations issues in the country.

(From left) Nur Hanim, Willie, Zuraida, See and Baru receive the offerings during See’s Chinese New Year open house in Kuching. Photo: Ramidi Subari

“We are very aware of these issues faced by the people and this year a very special emphasis would be coming from the government in addressing these two top issues that concern the people of Malaysia,” he added.

In reference to the issue stated, Baru said tolerance between the multicultural societies of Sarawak should be emulated and preserved.

“As the biggest state in the country with a population of almost three million, Sarawak has the most varied ethnic groups in Malaysia so for that reason I think we have come to accept one another since a long time ago.

“It is most important that the older generation must teach the younger generation to respect and learn to coexist with one another and celebrate our diversity as Sarawakians and Malaysians,” he added.

Also present were Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin, PKR Sarawak Women chief Nur Hanim Mokhsen and Puncak Borneo MP Willie Mongin.