Monday, May 17, 2021

12th Malaysia Plan

Price increase bodes well for pepper farmers

KUCHING: The price of black and white pepper has increased by 60 percent in recent months. Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Dr Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali said the increase could be due to the Covid-19 pandemic. “Before Covid-19, we would...

Sarawak to develop tourism potential in Santubong

KUCHING: Sarawak will construct dual carriageway road from Sultan Tengah roundabout up to Damai and hotel facilities in efforts to boost tourism potential in the Santubong area. Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said these projects will be...

Sarawak Coast Guard: Agile, lean and responsive

KUCHING: The newly launched Sarawak Coast Guard (SCG) strives to be agile, lean and rapid in its response, said State Security and Enforcement Unit (UKPN) director Datuk Dr Chai Khin Chung. “We will operate with best operating practices using the...

PM says Sarawak, Sabah will get equal treatment under MA63

KUCHING: Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin has given his assurance that Sabah and Sarawak will be treated fairly and equally as stipulated in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).  He justified his assurance by highlighting the establishment of the  Special Council on MA63 to discuss in depth MA63 matters.  “A meeting will be held in the middle of this month and we will get the reports from the working committee of which I will be chairing later on,” he told reporters today (April 2).  He said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg and other state leaders including those from Sabah would be present during the meeting.  “This is why the Special Council on MA63 is important as it shows the commitment and efforts of the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government to help resolve some of the long-standing issues,” he said.  Under the Special Council on MA63 three committees namely,  Allies Working Committee, Sabah and Sarawak Security Working Committee and Socio-Economic Working Committee have been formed.  The prime minister said his two-day visit to Sarawak had led him to understand better the needs of Sarawak and its people.  “I understand that there are several main issues that need to be given attention, and in the 12th Malaysia Plan (12th MP), we will take into consideration especially the physical development such as the Pan Borneo Highway project and internet connectivity facilities.  “This is because we feel that such facilities need to be completed earlier than the schedule set,” he said.  Muhyiddin added that with the close ties between the PN and Sarawak governments, the state would be able to develop fast in a 10-year period which is the deadline set for Sarawak to become one of the most developed regions in the country.  “With that, I believe Sarawak will continue to grow and advance. And I am confident that the people in Sarawak are satisfied and God willing they will render their full support to the present leadership,” he said.  Earlier, the prime minister visited the new surgical day care centre at Sarawak General Hospital (SGH). He was accompanied by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.  According to a media release, the new day care centre would be the first ever in Sarawak under a government hospital after the federal government approved SGH’s upgrading project by a concession company through a private financing initiative (Swiss Challenge). The project was the result of the efforts by the Ministry of Health (MoH) which signed a concession agreement with Asaljuru Weida Sdn Bhd (AVWSB) on April 28, 2017 to build the block – Meditel Block – and a multi-storey parking block costing RM351 million. It is expected to be completed in June this year after a slight delay following the implementation of the  movement control order (MCO) to curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic. The new day care centre will house a total of 64 beds, seven surgical rooms, three endoscopy rooms and one Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) room. It is expected that an estimated 100 patients will be able to be treated a day at the new centre. This will help SGH reduce the backlog cases of treatment that can be implemented in the day care centre such as 80 percent of paediatric dentistry cases, 30 to 40 percent of paediatric surgeries, 30 to 40 percent of minor OT cases and reducing an estimated one year waiting time, and 15 to 30 percent of general surgery cases. In addition, the federal government through the MoH has agreed to provide an allocation of RM5 million to SGH for the procurement of critical medical equipment as well as an allocation of RM2 million for the procurement of irradiator equipment for the use of the Transfusion Services Department and Blood Bank in the Intensive Care Center Block. The equipment is much needed in the hospital for irradiation of blood products for patients in need to prevent Transfusion Associated Graft Versus Host Disease (TA-GVHD). Operating since 1931, SGH is the only tertiary referral centre for the entire state out of the 23 existing hospitals staewide. 

RM14.3 mln for water supply project in Ulu Roban

KUCHING: A sum of RM14.3 million has been approved for treated water supply project in Ulu Roban. Deputy Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Datuk Ali Biju said the allocation was approved by the Ministry of Rural Development (KPLB) last...

More affordable houses to be developed

KUCHING: There will be more development of affordable houses once the road network from Jalan Datuk Sulaiman to Kampung Segedup here is completed. Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said the road project is among the developments being...

Greenhouse farming to be promoted statewide

KUCHING: Sarawak plans to promote greenhouse farming statewide under the 12th Malaysia Plan (2021 to 2025). Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said some 12 places statewide had been identified to use the precision farming mathod. “We are proposing...

Borneo’s first-ever community social support centre by 2022

KUCHING: The Borneo Best Community Social Support Centre (BBCSSC), which will be established here, is the first of its kind in Borneo and even Malaysia. The centre is expected to be completed by end of this year while operations will...

Drain upgrading proposal under 12th Malaysia Plan

KUCHING: A proposal to upgrade the old drains along Datuk Kalong Ningkan has been submitted for implementation under the 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP). Padawan Municipal Council (MPP) chairman Lo Khere Chiang said he hoped the proposal will be approved so...

Vocational training centres for special needs people

KUCHING: Sarawak is in dire need to establish vocational training centres specialised for people with special needs, said Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah. “We have proposed to the Education Ministry for the...
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Thank you mom for all of your love

It may be possible to gild pure gold, but who can make his mother more beautiful? – Mahatma Gandhi, nationalist...
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