1) FIRST PHASE OF LRT TO BE IMPLEMENTED SOON
The first phase of the light rail transit (LRT) project will be implemented “in due time” by the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) led Sarawak government.
Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said to members of the media after delivering his winding-up speech on the last day of the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) yesterday. He said the continuation of the LRT project was due to the high demand from the people.
The proposed project which cost less than RM5 billion would first cover routes from Kota Samarahan to Kuching which will alleviate traffic congestion in that area.
Abang Johari who is also the chairman of Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) said, the proposed project will also facilitate students from Unimas and UiTM as most of them do not have their own transportation.
2) NO COMPROMISE ON STATE RIGHTS
Meantime Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg further said, the state government will not compromise in its defence of the state’s constitutional rights and safeguards.
He said what belongs to the state must be with the state, thus the need to seek the return of the state’s lost and eroded rights while at the same time making sure there will be no further such erosion.
The chief minister also higlighted the federal government’s attempt to take over Sesco, one of the state’s biggest local companies in terms of capitalisation, supplying energy at the cheapest tariffs in the Asean region.
He said, Sarawak refused to release its legislative authority over Sesco but instead went on to acquire Bakun hydro-electric dam, from the federal government-owned Sarawak Hidro Sdn Bhd, through state-owned Sarawak Energy Berhad.
Abang Johari further said, Sarawak has been in full control of all power generation in the state via the Electricity Ordinance as opposed to the Energy Commission established by the federal government.
He said it was the paramount duty of Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) to safeguard the constitutional rights of the state in the spirit of “Sarawak First”.