KUCHING: The Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) state government is a government that shares the wealth of the state with its people, says Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah.

The Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Family, Women and Childhood Development minister was responding to Parti Sedar Rakyat Sarawak (Sedar) president Datuk Othman Abdillah’s claim that while the state was rich in resources, the wealth was not shared with its people.

Fatimah Abdullah

“What makes him think that the GPS government doesn’t share its wealth with all Sarawakians?” she asked.

Fatimah pointed out the programmes done by the state government to help its people.
“One is Endowment Fund Sarawak (EFS), with RM1,000 given to every Sarawakian child born after Jan 1 this year.

“This can be withdrawn when the child reaches the age of 18 and utilised for funding their higher education or their career start-up.

“Another is the Special Annual Grant in which RM5,000 is given to all registered nurseries and kindergartens in the state.

“The allocation is to help them prepare healthy and balanced diet for preschoolers, which would allow them to enjoy fun and interactive learning.

“We also provided a start-up seed capital of RM5,000 for women entrepreneurs, which is made available through the Sarawak Women and Family Department,” she said.

Fatimah pointed out that the state government prioritised welfare, human capital development along with developing infra- and info-structure for connectivity and economic empowerment.

“We also care about the human and social development for the wellbeing of the community. GPS is a responsible government with the experience of governing, living up to the motto ‘Sarawak First’,” she stressed.