Unity enables development

Taib and wife, Toh Puan Datuk Patinggi Raghad Kurdi Taib.

KUCHING: The unity enjoyed by Sarawakians must be preserved and protected for the state’s uninterrupted development, Head of State Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud said.

“Sarawak has rightly earned a reputation as a peaceful state where people live in unity and harmony in spite of differences in ethnicity and religion.

“The state has truly embraced cultural diversity, unity and harmony, which enabled the people to focus their time and energy on development.

“Obviously, conscientious efforts must be made to push Sarawak to a higher level of development,” he said in his Chinese New Year address today (Feb 11).

Taib said while Sarawak can be happy with its achievements, it must not rest on its laurels. Instead, it must strive to do better and benchmark itself against the best in the world.

“The future of Sarawak lies in the degree of our efficiency and continuous commitment to project Sarawak as a preferred investment destination.

“All of us must continue to be committed and determined to work harder towards achieving the development goals. The commitment from all levels of society will give us the strength to face the challenges ahead,” he said.

The Head of State said the two main objectives that must be met for the state to move forward are accelerating economic growth and addressing the development gap to improve the livelihood of the people in rural areas.

“Basically, the task of developing the state does not rest with the government alone. The private sector, comprising big and small business enterprises, has to take this challenge and work together to achieve the development agenda for common benefits,” he said.

Taib said with the Chinese New Year 2021 being the year of the Ox, its trademark characteristics — strength, reliability, fairness and conscientiousness — should inspire Sarawakians to pursue progress and advancement.

“Generally, the people can take great pride that Sarawak has been able to achieve the present level of development.

“This is a result of the unity and harmonious relationship among the people and to manage the resources effectively despite facing many challenges along the way,” he said.