Abang Johari: Promises made are promises kept

Posted on : 09 Nov 2020  Source of News: The Borneo Post

Abang Johari gestures during a speech at the GPS Convention in 2019. – Photo by Muhammad Rais Sanusi

KUCHING (Nov 9): Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) state government has delivered its promises made to Sarawakians over the last three and a half years, said Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg today.

The chief minister said since he took office in Jan 13, 2017, he had carried on the good work of his predecessor, the late Pehin Sri Adenan Satem.

“My administration has enacted, introduced, and implemented over hundred initiatives to fulfil these promises. Promises Made. Promises Kept,” he said when tabling the 2021 Sarawak Budget.

Abang Johari admitted that there were obstacles along the way caused by the outbreak of Covid-19 and subsequent shortage of labour on the ground.

Despite so, he said the GPS government would persevere and remain focus to secure a brighter future for Sarawak.

Pointing out that various people-oriented initiatives and achievements were too numerous for him to list down, he highlighted ten key ones in the august House.

He said GPS had been fighting for and safeguarding Sarawak’s rights, interest and status under the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) and had imposed the State Sales Tax to reengineer and diversify the state’s revenue.

He said the state government had also implemented the Sarawak Digital Economy Roadmap, established Sarawak Multimedia Authority, Sarawak Digital Economic Corporation, and Centre of Technical Excellence (Centex) to drive digital economy transformation, talent and start up development.

The GPS government had been expanding electrification and water supply especially to rural areas and protecting people’s rights over ownership through recognition of native territorial domain.

“We have established the Sarawak TV to introduce and promote Sarawak nationwide, offered financial aid for government-aided schools including Chinese medium and mission schools.

“We have modernised our public transport and set up of Sarawak coastal guard to protect our shoreline. This is what the government for the people does – protect what matters most, fulfil the people’s aspirations and plan ahead for the future,” added Abang Johari.