1) SARAWAK WILL NOT GO BANKRUPT IN THREE YEARS
KUCHING: In slashing Lim Guan Eng’s recent claim, Datuk Patinggi Abang Zohari Tun Abang Haji Openg reassured Sarawakians that Sarawak will not go bankrupt in three years.
The chief minister said, he and the other Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) leaders in Sarawak are aware of their obligations and what they are doing.
Abang Zohari added, they would not spend money without knowing their revenues and assured the people that the state leaders under the GPS administration would protect the state’s savings.
Speaking at the launch of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Malaysia Kuching office at Wisma STA today, Abang Zohari asserted that politicians should act and behave in a professional manner especially when they issue open statements.
2) GYPSUM AMONG FACTORS FOR HIGHER CEMENT PRICES IN S’WAK
KUCHING: Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Jemut Masing has admitted that the cement prices in Sarawak is higher as compared to Peninsular Malaysia.
According to Masing, who is also an Infrastructure Development Minister, among the factors which influenced the prices of cement in the state were the raw materials known as gypsum, used to manufacture cement.
In view that Sarawak manufactures its own cement, Masing said gypsum had to be imported from countries such as Thailand, thus the pricing is controlled by the country.
Another factor, according to Masing, was the cost to transport gypsum to Sarawak was much higher compared to Peninsular Malaysia, given that Thailand is much further from Sarawak compared to Peninsular Malaysia.
Despite all that, Masing said, the state government could negotiate the price of cement with Sarawakian cement manufacturer, CMS Cement Industries Sdn Bhd on appropriate pricing for cement in Sarawak.
3) WORK WITH GOVT TO ADDRESS SOCIAL ILLS AMONG MELANAUS
MIRI: Melanau associations in the state have been urged to play their role in helping the government address social problems affecting the community.
Federation of Sarawak Melanau Association (PPMS) Tan Sri Dr Muhammad Leo Michael Toyad Abdullah said such a commitment was vital in order to ensure the Melanau community living in urban and rural areas will not be left out from the latest development policy implemented by the state government.
Tan Sri Leo also called on Melanaus to continue to subscribe to the spirit of working together with other communities to further enhance racial unity and harmony in the state.
While fighting for the interests of the Melanau community, he stressed that it is also essential for the associations to continue promoting the spirit of goodwill with other communities to ensure the activity conducted by the association would receive good support from others, and vice versa.
He said this during an Aidilfitri gathering organised by the Miri Melanau Association (PMM) at Wisma Melanau Miri yesterday.