KUCHING: Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah fully supports anything that is good for Sarawak in the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government’s Shared Prosperity Vision 2030 (WKB).
Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali had announced on Thursday that the PH government would identify economic hotspots in Sarawak and Sabah under WKB to reduce the development gap between the two states and the peninsula.
For Sarawak, the proposed sectors were eco-tourism, renewable energy, high-tech agriculture and husbandry, commodity economy and downstream products.
In response, Abdul Karim said if Azmin was able to identify those hotspots and announce what they were and which part of Sarawak that they would want to highlight to promote tourism, it would be the right move.
“I would support anything that is good for Sarawak. I believe all the people of Sarawak would be supportive also.
“If it is something good why not? We should be supportive of it also. It doesn’t mean that we are from different parties or different government that we have to object to anything they propose.
“If it’s something good for the state, which could promote the state and develop certain areas, we would be very supportive,” he told reporters today when asked to comment on the matter.
Azmin, who was speaking at the Dewan Rakyat, said by identifying the hotspots, the government would ensure that economic development did not focus only on certain regions but was distributed among the two states according to their strengths and uniqueness.
“WKB aims to raise the GDP (gross domestic product) contribution of the states to Malaysia from the current contribution of 6.2 per cent for Sabah and 9.7 per cent for Sarawak, compared to 40 per cent by the central region of the peninsula,” he was quoted as saying.
Azmin also said that while the federal government had identified sectors that should be given focus in Sarawak and Sabah for the development of the economic hotspots, it would still take into account the views of the state governments as they had better knowledge of the potential in their states