1. SARAWAK TO WORK WITH BRUNEI ON TOURISM, AGRICULTURE
KUCHING: The Sarawak government and Brunei Darussalam will be working together to further develop tourism and agriculture.
Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Zohari Tun Abang Haji Openg revealed this after receiving a courtesy call from Brunei Minister of Transport and Infocommunications Datuk Seri Setia Awang Abdul Mutalib Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Datuk Paduka Mohammad Yusof during the closing of the International Digital Economy Conference Sarawak (Idecs) at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) yesterday.
On the development of agriculture, Abang Zohari said special committee task force formed by Deputy Chief Ministers Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan, Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas and Brunei will work together to establish a common agricultural area between Kuala Lawas, Merapok and Brunei.
He further added, the establishment will also witness the collaboration between Sacofa Sdn Bhd and Datastream Technology Sdn. Bhd (DST) of Brunei to work together in the areas of network connectivity.
2. ANOTHER FOUR VIETNAMESE VESSELS CAPTURED IN MMEA STING
KUCHING: A total of four foreign vessels originated from Vietnam were successfully captured by maritime authorities in Sarawak waters during an operation that commenced last Sunday.
MMEA Sarawak state director First Admiral (Maritime) Robert Teh Geok Chuan revealed that the vessels were performing illegal fishing activities when tracked by the authorities and all 58 of the crews onboard who were aged 17 to 55 couldn’t produce valid identification documents during the inspection.
According to him, the estimated value of all the seized items is RM6 million including the value of the four vessels along with 17,000 liters of diesel and fishing equipment.
The crews were detained under Section 15(1)(a) of Fisheries Act 1985 and if proven guilty, the skipper will be fined RM1 million or face a maximum of two years imprisonment while the crew members will be fined RM100,000 each or face a maximum of two years imprisonment, with their fishing vessel compounded.
3. DON’T PROMISE THE ‘SKY’- KARIM
KUCHING: Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah told Parti Sedar Rakyat Sarawak (Sedar) to be responsible and don’t promise the ‘sky’ to the people.
He stated this in response to a statement made by Sedar president Datuk Othman Abdillah recently who claimed that if Sedar won all the 82 seats in the next state election, RM100 would be given monthly to all Sarawakians aged 18 and above.
He also claimed that the RM100 would be increased to RM300 or RM500 in due time under the purported Sarawak People’s Rights Fund programme.
Karim compared this to the unfulfilled promises made by Pakatan Harapan in their last general election where the party had promised to return 50 per cent of the tax to Sarawak on top of the 20 per cent oil and gas royalty.
He pointed out that Sedar should instead propose a blueprint on how the party would elevate Sarawak to greater heights which include means of getting back the diminished rights of the state that have been eroded through the years.