ASAJAYA: The road from Kota Samarahan to Sebuyau will be widened to open up new areas for economic activities, said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.
“The Samarahan road will be widened from the Samarahan roundabout to Sebuyau to enable new areas to be opened for agriculture,” he said when officiating at a state-level Youth Day celebration at Asajaya Sports Complex here today.
The chief minister said this development will be part of an ongoing transformation in the area that includes Asajaya.
“I still remember in the early 1980s I travelled to Sebandi from Kuching in a boat when Law, State-Federal Relations and Project Monitoring Assistant Minister Datuk Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali’s mother stood as a candidate there.
“That was only possible when the weather was good. But today, I can travel to Asajaya on a motorcycle as the road is in good condition,” he said.
On modern agriculture, Abang Johari said the youth can leverage technology in its development.
“If we have a digital-savvy society, we can transform our agricultural sector to smart agriculture and we can be a major food supplier for this region.
“Now we are exporting ‘midin’ (wild fern) to Singapore. Who would have expected that the people in Singapore are buying our midin?” he said.
The chief minister said Sarawak’s goal of transforming the agricultural sector and be the region’s food supplier, however, hinges on the youth.
“My job, just like that of my predecessors Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud and Pehin Sri Adenan Satem, is providing a platform for them (youth) to play their roles in the future.
“I can see the youth of today as a disciplined bunch and I predict that we will have a bright future,” he said.