KUCHING: The Gabungan Party Sarawak (GPS) pledged to maintain political stability and autonomy in its 34-point manifesto which was launched on Wednesday (December 8) at night, said coalition chairman Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg.
Abang Johari said the GPS election manifesto aims to ensure Sarawak attains developed, high-income state status by 2030.
Among the strengths of the manifesto is ensuring that indigenous customary rights (NCR) and indigenous land titles are respected and recognized.
Abang Johari also said that GPS’s election manifesto aimed to reduce the income gap between residents by creating more employment opportunities.
“This 34-point manifesto is very comprehensive and will ensure respect for the rights and well-being of Sarawakans, and the future of the state can be developed.”
GPS is also committed to establishing a sovereign wealth fund, preserving the environment and improving the efficiency of disaster management, said Abang Johari.
The acting chief minister also said that GPS’s election manifesto seeks to increase Sarawak’s income.
He said at the same time that he seeks to ensure that state government is governed by an administration based on integrity and good governance.
Other strengths of the 34-point manifesto are the eradication of urban and rural poverty, the preparation of more affordable housing, the continuation of the resettlement program, and support for the construction and improvement of longhouses in across Sarawak.
“The GPS has prepared a very solid landscape to develop Sarawak to a developed, high-income state status by 2030,” said Abang Johari.
“Various initiatives have been planned and are being implemented to ensure that its inhabitants can enjoy the prosperity of its economy and inclusive social development in a resilient environment driven by data and innovation,” he said. added.
The ceremony was a small-scale affair according to Covid-19 standard operating procedures, and party members followed the launch live.
The theme of the manifesto is “Securing Stability, Prosperity and a Glorious Sarawak”.
Meanwhile, Abang Johari said that GPS’s ability to implement various programs in its state government administration is a testament to the strength of the coalition administration.
Abang Johari stressed that opposition parties have no track record in developing the state.
He said that when they were part of Putrajaya under the former Pakatan Harapan administration, many development projects in the state were canceled and allocations canceled.
“When that happened, GPS came forward continuing to implement projects that were canceled using state government allocations,” he said.
Abang Johari said that GPS has implemented more than 100 groundbreaking initiatives that have boosted the socio-economic development of the state and benefited the people.
Among them are the construction of the 786 km Pan-Borneo highway at a cost of RM16.1 billion, which is expected to be ready in 2023 and the construction of the 896 km coastal road project.
The coastal road project includes the construction of 10 bridges called Batang Rajang, Batang Saribas, Batang Paloh, Muara Lassa, Bintulu-Jepak, Batang Rambungan, Batang Lupar 1, Sungai Sarawak-Sejingkat, Sungai Krian and Batang Igan, and should be ready by 2028.
The state has also launched an initiative to erect 300 telecommunications towers that are expected to be ready next year to boost the internet in the state.
“When people were affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, GPS provided vital assistance to the population through seven packages as part of the Bantuan Khas Sarawakku Sayang special aid worth 5.3 billion dollars. RM, ”Abang Johari said.
“The future of Sarawak is in the hands of the people of Sarawak. We have developed the state using our own mold and only we can guarantee the prosperity of every Sarawakan, ”he added.
“As the people of Sarawak, it is our responsibility to choose a caring and responsible government in the face of future and current challenges,” he said.
Early voting is December 14 and voting is December 18.