On-Going National Census Is Important To Sarawak, Says CM
KUCHING: The on-going national census had important bearing to national development and Sarawak in particular.
Singling out the relatively low level of average household income in Sarawak, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Zohari Tun Abang Haji Openg said the high income per capita figure for Sarawak did not reflect the true picture of the distribution of wealth in the state.
He added Sarawak’s economic development policy needed to be reformulated and realigned to address the low household income at RM5,218 for 2019 for the economic cake to be more equitable to the people of Sarawak.
He added that the recent announcement of raising the poverty line from RM980 to RM2,208 by the federal government would certainly relegate more people below the poverty level.
He further said the outcome of the census would help Sarawak to formulate various economic approaches designed to increase the income of the people.
He stressed that this was the reason why data from the census would be important to Sarawak and he urged the people to co-operate with the Statistics Department to ensure the smooth implementation of the census.
Limbang As Cattle Production Center In Sarawak
LAWAS: In line with the government’s aspiration to make Limbang the center of cattle production for the state of Sarawak, various grants were channeled not only to the livestock sector, but also to the agriculture and fisheries sectors.
According to Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan, the Sarawak government through the Northern Region Development Agency (NRDA) would give allocations to these three sectors.
Besides that, the Sarawak government has allocated a total of RM3 million through the NRDA to upgrade the inland fisheries stations in Punah as well as RM4 million allocated to develop organic valleys for the Long Semadoh and Ba Kelalan areas.
Awang Tengah expressed hope that agricultural products in the Limbang area will not only be marketed locally, but also be able to penetrate foreign markets such as Brunei and China.
Three Traders Compounded For Using Expired Weighing Scales
KUCHING: Three traders in Batu Kawa were each compounded RM100 for using expired weighing scales.
The Sarawak Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) in a statement said the use of expired scales is an offense under Section 14(6) of the Weights and Measures Act (ATS) 1972.
The statement added that during this year, KPDNHEP throughout Sarawak has recorded 205 cases under ATS 1972 with a compound value of RM28,700 while the value of confiscation is RM51,106.
Meanwhile, KPDNHEP called on traders to ensure that the weighing tools used for business purposes are verified.