Sarawak Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg today thanked the federal government for the RM4.6 billion allocation for infrastructure development announced in the 2022 budget.
While he said this was not enough for Sarawak to match the development in the peninsula, he added that it would be able to develop the state with the additional allocation of RM7 billion from the state government.
“This means that next year, in 2022, we will have an allocation of RM11 billion for development in Sarawak.
“Not that we want to show off on our allocation for development, but the state government has given a higher allocation for the development of the state. We gave RM7 billion while the federal government gave RM4 billion,” he added at a groundbreaking ceremony in Lawas.
“But this does not mean we want to fight (in terms of numbers),” he said. “This means, with the cooperation between the state and the federal government.”
On a separate note, Abang Johari said his Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) bloc supported both former prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin and his successor Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
“The GPS government continues to maintain the peace in the state and subsequently continue development,” he said.
“I think both leaders have been able to bridge the leadership gap between Sabah, Sarawak and the peninsula.
“That is why GPS wants a stable prime minister who can help us. GPS supports Muhyiddin and Ismail because of the family spirit to develop our state.”