Our commitment to help, says CM


KUCHING: The state government is committed towards helping those in the B40 (low-income) group, including implementing a pilot project to develop houses for them.

Chief Minister Datuk Patingi Abang Johari Tun Openg said under the programme, the cost of the land, ground works and infrastructure development would be borne by the state government.

“Those in the B40 group will only have to pay for the house,” he said at the launch of free school bus service held at the SMA Creative Heritage Innovation Centre here on Wednesday.

Abang Johari also cited the subsidised bus fares in the state through the RM1 flat rate fare initiative of the state government in helping the people.

“Anywhere you want to go – only RM1. Kuching-Serian also RM1. With this initiative, many people can use the bus to save cost,” he said, adding that the people’s disposable income would increase, thus easing on their daily necessities.

“If we have the means, why not? We pass on whatever we have to our people, especially the B40,” said Abang Johari.

He said that the state government only hoped for Sarawak to be peaceful with political stability so that its leaders could use their time to think of ways to elevate the standard of living of the people.

Meanwhile, when asked by reporters if Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) was ready for the upcoming state election, he replied, “We are ready all the time. The moment we won the last election, we were ready. That is why the policies are there.”