On first anniversary, Sarawak CM says focussed on economy

Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg speaking to reporters in Kuching, January 13, 2018. — Picture by Sulok Tawie

KUCHING, Jan 13 — Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg marked his first year as Sarawak chief minister today by touting his economic policies to propel Sarawak to new heights and developed status by 2030.

Abang Johari became chief minister a year ago today, when he was sworn in to replace the late Tan Sri Adenan Satem who died in office on January 11 last year.

“There will be some more policies in the coming years that we will do as a sequence to the policies that I have introduced in my first year as chief minister, particularly in term of basic infrastructures, financial institution and digital infrastructure,” he said to reporters after the joint opening of the annual general meeting of six PBB branches here.

He said the matter now was to effectively implement the policies introduced.

He said Sarawak needs more skilled and well-trained professionals for his policies to be successful.

Abang Johari said this was why his administration, through Yayasan Sarawak, has increased allocations for students to take up special courses, especially those related to digital economy and cyber security.

He said institutions such as Curtin University of Technology, Swinburne University of Technology and University College of Technology Sarawak, which are majority-owned by Yayasan Sarawak, have also been asked to come up with courses tailored to the state’s needs.

Abang Johari said he was pleased his economic policies were well received by the people, including PBB grassroots leaders.

“In all the meetings of the PBB branches, there had been good response from the grassroots,” he said.