1. SARAWAK GOVT ANNOUNCES 5 NEW SETTLEMENT AREAS IN KUCHING
A total of 5 new settlement areas have been identified in Kuching to accommodate the increase in population.
Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Zohari Tun Openg said the Sarawak government was aware of the increase in the number of residents in Kuching due to the rapid development in the area.
He explained the 5 areas identified for the housing scheme are Bako-Buntal, Sungai Maong-Segedup, Gita Baru, Kampung Senari and Lundu-Sematan.
He said this during a speech at the Aidilfitri Open House at Pullman Hotel, Kuching.
Abang Zohari further said he has directed the Land and Survey Department to make land databases at these locations.
Commenting further, he said the Sarawak government will also ensure that each location is equipped with adequate water and electricity and construction of road facilities.
2. ‘SARAWAK BANKRUPT’ STATEMENT AN INSULT TO SARAWAKIANS
Movement for Change, Sarawak (MoCS) has described Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng’s recent statement about Sarawak going bankrupt in three years’ time under the rule of Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS), as ‘an insult to Sarawak and Sarawakians’.
MoCS founding chairman Francis Paul Siah expressed his disappointment that a federal minister had the gumption to come to Sarawak and tell Sarawakians that their homeland would be bankrupt in a matter of time.
He suggested that Lim, who is also DAP secretary-general, would let Sarawak leaders handle Sarawak’s affairs as ‘they (Sarawak leaders) are more than capable of doing so’.
According to Siah, there are Sarawakians who find the condescending attitude of some federal ministers intolerable.
Siah added that MOCS would continue to be the voice of Sarawakians and would not hesitate to speak up ‘if we find our political leaders going astray’.