KUCHING, Feb 14 (Bernama) -- As the major players in Sarawak's commerce and industry, the Chinese community in the state has a big role to play in the current government's effort to strengthen the state economy, says Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.
He said the Chinese business community had always been a major contributor to commerce, trade and industry in Sarawak, and he believed that they would continue to support the government's effort to strengthen the state economic position with their resources, domestic and international influence and networking.
"We are willing to listen to the needs of our business communities and take steps to increase the ease of doing business in Sarawak like doing away with red tapes and unnecessary procedures," he said in his Chinese New Year (CNY) message made available here today.
He said Sarawak is a land of diversity, not only in its rich nature, but also in the culture, ways of life and beliefs of people,
"We are always free to practice our culture, tradition, and religion. We celebrate and find strength in our diversity, find common ground in our differences. That is Sarawak that we know today...united and cohesive, that has been an example for the rest of the country to emulate," he said.
Abang Johari pointed out that when he took over the position as the Chief Minister early last year, he decided to take a different approach in building the state economy.....