The Sarawak government’s commitment to bring the state to developed status by 2030 has not swayed despite having to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, said Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas.
He said although the pandemic had caused 2020 to become an unprecedented year and posed a huge challenge for Sarawak, the state government could still execute people-centric development plans to uplift their living standard.
“The government is preparing Sarawak to pursue economic transformation more vigorously, navigate a changing external strategic landscape globally while deepening its social component,” he said in his 2021 New Year message today.
Uggah, who is also state Second Finance Minister and Modernisation of Agriculture, Native Land and Regional Development Minister, said the 2021 State Budget tabled in November was a testament to the strong commitment to expedite rural development, stimulate economic growth and improve the people’s livelihood.
Uggah, who is also the Sarawak State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman, said Sarawak had managed to flatten the COVID-19 curve by adopting the full containment policy of “Trace, Test, Quarantine and Isolate”.
He thanked the SDMC members and frontliners for being selfless in handling the pandemic, as well as the public for being cooperative and complying with the health Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), which contributed to the success.
“For as long as the vaccine is not available, the entire world will have to live with COVID-19. Therefore, I would like to urge everyone to remain vigilant, stay healthy, stay safe and adhere to the SOPs,” he said.
In welcoming the new year, he also called on everyone to take a step forward daringly and with determination together in unity to bring Sarawak out of the pandemic crisis, while staying focused on the development goals that had been set.
“I am confident Sarawak will be able to achieve its goals toward peace, stability and prosperity. Let us remain resilient to the great challenges ahead and continue to make the new norms our norms now,” he added.
Source: BERNAMA News Agency