On the cusp of a new era

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KUCHING: Celebrating his fifth anniversary on Wednesday (Jan 13), Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari’s vision for 2030 is very much alive — and he intends to fulfill it.

On Sarawak Day last year, he announced the Post-Covid-19 Development Strategy (PCDS) 2030 where he outlined seven strategic thrusts to accelerate economic growth by transforming the economic structure.

This is for the state to become more competitive, improving ease of doing business, spending on areas that yield the most economic, social and environmental impacts, optimising use of assets and human capital.

At the same time accelerate digital adoption and execution, driving economic and social benefits for all Sarawakians and balancing economic growth with environmental sustainability.

In the last five years, the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) has implemented more than 100 ‘game changer’ initiatives to boost Sarawak’s socio-economic development which have brought many benefits to the people.

Last month, he stressed that GPS had laid the foundation for strategic development to ensure Sarawak’s continued progress.

“Efforts to develop Sarawak can only be realised if GPS continues to be given the mandate through the state election to govern Sarawak.

“The future of Sarawak lies in the hands of Sarawakians. We will develop Sarawak according to our own mould and only we can ensure that the prosperity is enjoyed by the people of Sarawak,” he added.

Abang Johari got his wish when he led GPS to a landslide victory in the Dec 18 state election. The chief minister also said, however, as with all development plans for Sarawak, he needs the people on his side.

“This plan (PCDS 2030) is really to prosper the state, its people and to protect its environment for sustainable development.

“But the government cannot do this alone. We need all Sarawakians to translate commitment into action, and drive sustainability on the ground,” he emphasised.

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