Friday, March 27, 2009

We’ll be Malaysia’s richest state: Taib

Sarawak Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud

BINTULU: Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud last night expressed optimism that Sarawak will be the richest state in the whole of Malaysia by year 2030 as a result of the current second wave of Politics of Development.

“By the year 2030, Insyallah (God willing), we will be the richest state in the whole of the country. We will be the land of opportunity,” said Taib when speaking in his 28th year in office as Chief Minister of Sarawak at Dewan Suarah Bintulu here last night.

Taib warned, however, that despite the optimism, the situation could change for the worst if there was no unity among the people and the leaders of the state.

He pointed out that basic to the state’s achievement in the past was the unity of purpose among Sarawakians and their leaders.

“We were able to succeed because we can bring the dreams of the Chinese, the Ibans, the Malays, Melanaus and others together even though their dreams are different… but we know how,” he said.

“We must share one vision and move forward,” he said and added that the last 28 years was the most important task undertaken by the state government to ensure a more developed state for the people.”

Taib said while many attributed the success of the state up to now to his leadership, to him he held to the belief that “the government is not mine alone”.

“I am only the thinker. If you do not put your hand on the flower, nothing will happen,” the chief minister said.

Of the state’s journey to success, Taib said the first wave of politics of development was difficult as it involved a lot of efforts to change people’s mindset.

According to him, now that Sarawakians are mentally ready and willing, the new wave of development should be realised in due time.

He said the state had put in place supporting infrastructure to ensure that there would be enough skilled workforce to power its second development wave.

Land Development Minister Dato Sri Dr James Masing and Jepak assemblyman Datuk Talib Zulpilip also spoke last night.

Among those present were State Legislative Assembly Speaker Dato Sri Mohd Asfia Awang Nassar, cabinet ministers and assistant ministers, state assembly-men, parliamentarians, senators, community leaders and over 1,000 people from all walks of life.

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