1. S’WAK ON TRACK IN MODERN AGRICULTURE
KUCHING: Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas is confident that Sarawak’s Budget 2020 to be tabled next month will meet the transformation agenda of the agriculture sector.
He noted that, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Zohari Tun Abang Haji Openg has been talking about modernizing the sector and reminding Sarawakians to be ready to adapt.
Speaking after the launching of the export of ‘banaBee’ banana chips to Guangzhao, China, at Senari Port yesterday, Uggah said his ministry has been promoting the use of Internet of Things (IoT) for better distribution of fertilizers to local farmers.
He urged local farmers to adopt fertigation farming system, saying it is their chance to diversify their source of income through technology.
2. ANWAR’S ‘SILLY AND ABSURD’ INSTRUCTION
KUCHING: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s instruction for government events and press conferences to be conducted in Bahasa Melayu instead of Bahasa Malaysia, was “plain silly and absurd”.
This, was described by the president of The Movement for Change Sarawak (MoCS), Francis Siah as it is not in tandem with the government’s encouragement for Malaysians to pick up different languages.
Francis said in the statement yesterday, that if the motive of upholding Bahasa Melayu as the official language of the country is political expediency on Anwar’s part, then Malaysians have reasons to worry of the future directions Anwar would be heading to, seeing that he will be succeeding Tun Dr Mahathir as prime minister.
He further said, a great leader does not have to instruct or insist on a certain language to be spoken as long as the speaker’s message is understood by his audience, while reminding Anwar that English is an official language in Sarawak, as decreed by the late Pehin Sri Adenan Satem, when he was the chief minister.
3. S’WAK’S TEENAGE PREGNANCY CASES: ALARMINGLY HIGH
KUCHING: Last year’s statistics recorded that teenage pregnancy cases in Sarawak was among the highest in the country.
In regard to this, Minister of Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah calls for more community-based efforts to bring down the number of teenage pregnancy cases in Sarawak.
This, according to Karim, is worrying as the number of such cases has increased since 2012 whereby the number of teenage pregnancy in Sarawak has reached 6.4 per cent out of 9.9 per cent of total pregnancies.
Viewing the record as alarmingly high, Abd Karim said the government views the matter seriously, and welcome cooperation from all sectors, including non governmental organisations (NGOs), to tackle this problem.