SIBU: Sarawak is now the third most developed state in the country after Penang and Selangor thanks to cooperation between the people and its leaders.
Head of State Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud said this in his speech at the opening of the new Sibu Islamic Complex on Monday night.
He noted that Sarawak was once among the three poorest states in the country and was aiming to be the top most developed state by 2030.
“This can be done as we (leaders) are aware of our responsibility to develop the state including contributing to the advancement of the country,” he added.
Taib said everyone recognises that the job of developing the state was not the responsibility of the government or political parties alone.
“As every member in the community wants continuous development, we need to maintain the stability and harmony in society including inculcating moral values among the people.
“Only then will rapid development be achieved which will benefit all parties,” he said.
Taib also called on Muslim youth to get involved in religious activities and carry on the work of the seniors.
The Sibu Islamic Complex, which was built at a cost of RM50mil, signified that the Muslim community here wanted development, peace and stability, he added.
“We are ready to work with the Iban, Bidayuh, and Chinese to ensure the state will continue to experience rapid development that will benefit all races,” said Taib.
The complex located at Jalan Awang Ramli Amit, houses nine floors of offices and a multi-purpose hall.
Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Office Datuk Daud Abdul Rahman said the complex was a new landmark for the town.