1. PETROL SUBSIDY DEFEATS VISION
The newly announced petrol subsidy meant for the targeted poor is off-target as Sarawakians will not benefit from it.
In stating this, Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) Youth chief Datuk Snowdan Lawan said it’s hard to understand why Sarawak, Sabah and Labuan were excluded in the petrol subsidy scheme when almost all households, depend on petrol to travel or run machines.
Criticizing the scheme as selective, unbalanced and discriminatory, Snowdan Lawan said Sarawakians should by now be very aware that the PH government always sidelines them as shown by the cancellation or suspension of several projects in the state.
He also claimed that this, contradicts and even defeats Pakatan Harapan’s very own ‘Shared Prosperity Vision’ policy.
2. SARAWAK GOVERNMENT TO RAISE CHINESE SCHOOL GRANTS
The Sarawak government plans to continue granting more grants to private Chinese schools in Sarawak next year.
Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Zohari Tun Abang Openg said the matter would be implemented as the Sarawak government would continue to collect sales tax on the export of oil and gas which is one of the sources of income for the state.
Earlier, a total of RM 8 million had been allocated to Chinese private schools, besides approving RM 3 million additional funds to finance the relocation of SJK Chung Hua Bako to the Diamond Park in Kota Samarahan.
He said this when speaking at the Sarawak Chinese Association’s Federal Dinner yesterday night.
He also said that in the 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP) beginning 2021, the Sarawak Government would place new emphasis on efforts to develop the state economy which include the emphasis on the agricultural sector with the use of technology, tourism and services, infrastructure development and the emphasis on education and training.
Through this policy, he said, all ethnic groups in Sarawak will be able to experience the rapid development and economic change where Sarawak will become the most advanced state in Malaysia by 2030.
3. FERTIGATION SYSTEM FOR GOLDEN HARVESTING
Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas was on cloud nine seeing the success of planting Golden Melon through the fertigation system at Rampangi Permanent Food Production Park.
Uggah, in his visit to the park yesterday said, the harvest has amounted to 1,500 Golden Melons or about two tons from one greenhouse shed, an achievement which augurs well for the future of precision farming.
Uggah, who is also the Agriculture, Native Land and Regional Development Minister, added that the Internet of Things (IoT) also played its part in the successful cultivation of Golden Melon.
Meanwhile, Fabian Ng Eng Hieng of Lotus Farm Agritech, who manages the cultivation said the production park was the anchor farm for fertigation and hydroponic systems in the state.