Thursday, October 29, 2009

Budget 2010 reflects 1Malaysia vision: CM

BINTULU: Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud said the emphasis on the budget 2010 was in accord with the 1Malaysia vision for development in all states of the country.

He suspected that the budget was crafted towards the Tenth Malaysia Plan (10MP) and for Sarawak in particular to achieve a high income economy.

“As far as we are concerned, we are happy with the budget. It is a translation of what the prime minister had declared in Kuching that he doesn’t want to see any state left behind,” said Taib when asked for his comments on it yesterday.

He said the focus was on improving infrastructure in Sarawak and Sabag which have been allocated 20 billion under the 2010 Budget.

Taib said education and infrastructure are the bedrock to building a high income economy.

“Without these, there are no other ways for us to improve the productivity of the community, upgrade worker quality and achieve a high income economy,” Taib said.

Even for a middle income economy, the state requires sustained growth of five per cent for the next 20 years, he said.

“The lauch of SCORE (Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy) is most important to us as we go into the 10MP, zooming into training needs and the new kind of workers needed.

“We might need a couple more higher learning institutions as skills development centre under the 10MP,” he said.

It was important to build up local skilled workers.

Young people should be trained for jobs in technical science and research, as is starting to be done in Tanjung Manis. Various facilities need to be set up.

Federal government assistance might be required to utilise the Internet network and build hardware for Sarawak. Taib believed improvement in infrastructure is vital for people in rural areas, particularly when it relates to education.

He said in rural areas, pre-schools need to be upgraded and students taught to have greater interest in science.

On the ICT allowance Taib said it was likely an incentive to encourage computer usage, though mostly confined to Iskandar Corridor at present.

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