KUCHING: The state government is pulling out all the stops to fortify Sarawak’s economy, says Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

He described a strong economy as paramount for the people’s wellbeing, and a prerequisite for the people to prosper.

“We are always trying to be consistent and firm in our policies to use our resources to generate more revenue for Sarawak, which will eventually be returned to the people in the provision of infrastructure facilities and utilities,” he said.

Abang Johari added that there are hundreds of infrastructure and utilities projects, especially in the rural areas, worth billions of ringgit being implemented within these two years starting last year.

Abang Johari

“This is a testament to the GPS government’s commitment to ensure that Sarawak is well-connected in order to prime it for a robust growth towards 2030 and beyond.

“I am confident that with the increase in public spending and more funds being injected into our economy from our annual budget and from the Alternative Funding initiative, our economy can register a growth of between five and six per cent this year.

“We have to achieve at least six per cent growth per annum if we are to achieve a developed state status by 2030,” he said in his Chinese New Year message issued by his office on Wednesday.

He said Sarawak ought to be proud of its technology-driven modern economy, adding that the state had just launched free public service for the three hydrogen-powered buses in addition to the electric buses which are already on the road in Kuching.

“The hydrogen production facility in Kuching is the first in the country and in Southeast Asia and neighbouring countries are indicating that they are also on the path towards emission free public transport.

“On the judicial front, our courts are well ahead of other courts in the country in the use of technology developed by Sarawak Information Systems to aid in the administration of justice through Artificial Intelligence,” he said.

Abang Johari added that Sarawak are also ahead in the effort to produce more food in response to the federal government’s call to enhance the status of the country’s food security.

“These are some of our achievements thus far in the period of three years after I came into office. Of course, there are many other things that we are doing for the benefit of all Sarawakians with 81 initiatives in total to date being implemented,” he said.