BAU: The Sarawak government aims to strengthen its working relationship with the private sector to implement more development projects.
Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg, in expressing this intention, said the onus of bringing development did not lie with the state government alone but also the private sector, especially regarding funding.
“This is our new approach because the government cannot fund all the developments that we have to implement. We need the private sector to come in and inject funds, and we will provide facilities for them to develop certain areas.
“That is why we encourage the private sector to generate the economy. And if this happens, I foresee that our future in Sarawak is bright. We have our own approach, our way of developing the state.”
Abang Johari pointed out that if this could be achieved, infrastructure, including water and electricity supply for rural areas, could be achieved within the next five years.
“After that, we will increase our innovation programme, namely innovation and talent development to improve our services using technology.”
He said this when speaking at the 65th anniversary of Bau District Council (BDC) at Tasik Biru Food Village here on Thursday (Dec 30).
He emphasised that the tourism belt connecting Kuching to Bau and Tanjung Datu must be developed to increase the socioeconomic status of its local population.
“That’s why I have a comprehensive plan on how to drive this tourism sector. As I have announced in our manifesto, we will improve the facilities, including flights that would bring in more tourists.
“If this happens, then many visitors will come to Sarawak and the BDC will have to raise its level of service. This means the local government can receive taxes from real estate development as well as from its services in Bau.
“This is a cycle. We increase our revenue. After that, we can improve our services to the people and this will bring harmony and improve the wellbeing of the community here.”
Abang Johari added that the state government would continue to assist in realising the Bau tourism master plan.
“Let Bau be the main attraction between Kuching, Lundu and Tanjung Datu. I am sure that this will have a positive effect on the local population.”