LUBOK ANTU: Those that claimed that there is not much development implemented by the state government must have deliberately chosen to turn a blind eye no matter what.
In saying this, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said with the election getting near, certain parties would start creating the impression that no development had been carried out by the government.
“These people are like what Tok Nan used to say ‘ada mata tapi buta, ada telinga tapi bengal’ (Got eyes to see but choose to be blind, got ears to listen but choose to be deaf.).
“Fifty years ago, there were no dams, but now we own our electricity after taking over the hydro-electric dams including the one in Bakun,” he said at the Lubok Antu Sports Complex during his official visit to Lubok Antu today.
The Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) chairman said any infrastructural development would require a long period of time to complete.
“In GPS, my comrades and I deliver as we promise. Now even in Baram, people can enjoy 24-hour electricity under the Sarawak Alternative Rural Electrification Scheme (Sares),” he said.
The Satok assemblyman added that a floating solar facility would be built at Batang Ai hydro-electric dam to produce alternative electricity.
“So there will be two facilities producing electricity — one from hydro and one from solar — all developed by Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB).
“I believe when we are united, we can turn Sarawak into a developed state by 2030,” he said.
Among other important development projects that could create economic spin-offs, Abang Johari said, were the Pan Borneo Highway project, coastal roads, bridges and many more.
“Sarawak’s future will be bright. Not a single area in Sarawak will be left out,” he said.
He then pointed out that among the completed projects implemented by the GPS government was the Sibu-Kapit road.
“So those that don’t see must be ‘buta’ (blind). They don’t know what is happening around them.
“The state government will continue to implement more development projects, and the additional revenue (from the State Sales Tax) will go back to the people through development projects,” he said.