KUCHING: A “Chinese tsunami” supporting the ruling Barisan Nasional government in Sarawak in GE14 will strengthen the state’s pursuit to reclaim its rights and will demand Putrajaya’s attention.
Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg (pic) said there are big plans to spur development and economic growth in the state, and strong support from all Sarawakians – especially the Chinese community – is needed.
Sarawak Barisan won 25 out of the 31 parliamentary seats in the state in GE13, but Abang Johari is targeting at least 28 constituencies in GE14.
This would involve wresting Chinese-majority seats it lost such as Stampin, Bandar Kuching, Sarikei, Sibu and Lanang and Miri.
“We must have stronger representation in Parliament to fight for Sarawak rights,” Abang Johari said at the Sejiwa Senada programme at Batu Kawah here on Saturday.
The programme in Kuching is the fifth leg of the event after Miri, Saratok, Meradong and Sibuti. Next week, the Sejiwa Senada programme will be held in Lubok Antu.
Sejiwa Senada is a free programme will give the public the opportunity to get services, information, and advice from government agencies, government-linked companies, NGOs and the private sector.
Abang Johari’s administration has lined up an agenda to transform the state economy. The state has embarked on building high-speed Internet facilities across the state as well as the Pan Borneo Highway project.
“Our new development approach is to embrace technology in all sectors, including agriculture.
He said modern farming methods would strengthen the rural economy, and create a diversity of agricultural products aimed at the global market,” he said.
Abang Johari also said that with the setting-up of Petroleum Sarawak Bhd (Petros), oil and gas royalties would be safeguarded working alongside Petronas.
He said that the additional revenue could support development of other projects such as a RM11bil LRT system across Kuching-Samaahan-Serian divisions, as well as a water grid project throughout the state.
“I promise to source more funds for Sarawak and we will assert our rights under MA63 (Malaysia Agreement 1963).
“We have to look into the future if we want to become a developed state by 2030,” Abang Johari said.
Abang Johari also mentioned plans to set up Sarawak’s very own television station in the future.