Working hard towards a developed state

Abang Johari delivering his speech after the end of Year 1442H and early Year 1443 prayer ceremony in conjunction with the Sarawak State Level Maal Hijrah Celebration at the State Jamek Mosque in Petra Jaya.

by Noor Syahhira Hady & Nazrinzulaiqa Hasbi

KUCHING: The state government is working hard to make Sarawak a developed state by 2030, said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

“It has been our dream ever since Yang di-Pertua Negeri Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud was the state’s chief minister,” he added.

“To achieve the target, the government will develop the economy based on the resources available in the state.

“We will add value to these resources with the latest knowledge through locals who have the skills and expertise.

“Besides that, we must have a good economy with the resources that can be exported to the open market.

“All these are based on the teachings of Islam. That is, through knowledge, we can add value to the state’s existing resources and then use them to serve the community.”

Abang Johari said this at the end of Year 1442H and early Year 1443 prayer ceremony in conjunction with the Sarawak State Level Maal Hijrah Celebration held at the State Jamek Mosque, Petra Jaya here last night. 

He added that all these concepts had been incorporated into the post-Covid-19 strategy implemented by the state government.

“The Medina Charter emphasises the importance of knowledge in efforts to raise the economy of the Muslim community. So, this is the basis used by the state government in providing policies to the people of Sarawak.

“Therefore, we call on the Muslims in this state to continue using whatever policy the government has given to gain knowledge, utilise the state’s existing resources and improve the quality of life,” he said.

The ceremony was attended by some 200 invited guests and graced by the Yang di-Pertua Negeri Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud; Assistant Minister of Islamic Affairs and Kuching North City Hall (DBKU) Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi and other state cabinet members.