MIRI: Sarawak must take bold steps if the state wants to fast-track its development agenda, even if these bold moves are radical, said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.
He said the state government’s decision to set up its own petroleum company (Petros) and bank (Sarawak Development Bank) were neccesary to achieve its ambitious goals.
“To achieve all these, we have set up Petros to further our participation in the oil-and-gas sector
“We set up our own state bank to finance key projects.
“We are going big in the information technology, energy generation, transportation and services sectors.
“These new initiatives require us to be bold in our investment strategies,” he said in a speech read out by Sibuti MP Ahmad Lai Bujang at the closing of the Miri Maal Hijrah celebrations here.
Abang Johari said the Maal Hijrah celebrations gave Muslims the opportunity to remember the bold steps taken by Prophet Muhammad in advancing the spread of Islam.
He said Prophet Muhammad too took bold steps to develop Muslims in religion and economy.
“Muslims today must continue to emulate the brave moves taken by Prophet Muhammad, especially in the economic field.
“To face the new global challenges, we must have the emotional and spiritual strength and be equipped with the required technology,” he stressed.
Muslims young and old from various organisations in Miri took part in oratory presentations during the event.