Utilise assistance to improve livelihood

Awang Tengah

KUCHING: Village dwellers are urged to utilise the assistances given by the state government to improve their livelihood, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan said.

He said the onus is on the recipients to turn their lives around and while the government provide the tools, it is up to them to use it and achieve success.

“Whatever the assistances given by the government, if we don’t put an effort, we won’t be successful – the opportunities are there but it depends on ourselves.

“Like the assistance for boat engines; yes, I know that some of us could not afford to buy the engines ourselves. That is why we provide the assistance to buy it.

“But then again, if we sell the engine that was given to us; yes, we will get cash in return, but what’s next? The engine was supposed to be used for us make more income,” he said.

He said this when officiating at the Agriculture Community Outreach Programme (AgriCOP) and the presentation of boat engine assistance in Lawas today.

Awang Tengah said similarly, the lands given to the people should be developed instead of selling it  for quick profit.

He said with the advancement of technology, productivity can be enhanced with modern agriculture techniques that will improve crop yields.

“If we work hard and accept change, we can make it. If we don’t know how technology works, then we should take it upon ourselves to learn it – not only learn but put it into practice.

“We have the potential to do so but all of it depends on ourselves. That is why the government is offering many assistances – it is meant for you and your businesses to take off,” he said.

Awang Tengah said, for Lawas, a total of RM8.3 million has been allocated through the AgriCOP programme.

“The state government in trying to develop the agricultural, livestock and fisheries sectors has introduced a venture capital for the people to expand their business.

“We have also allocated a total of RM50 million through the Sarawak Micro Credit Scheme which is implemented by Agro Bank and Sarawak Economic Development Corporation (SEDC),” he said.