SIBU: The Chinese community in the state has been praised for their confidence in the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) government at the 12th Sarawak election.
In the Dec 18 polls, the community helped GPS to win a total of 76 out of the 82 seats at stake.
Chief Minister Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg, in his Chinese New Year message, said as the head of the GPS-led state government, he must thank the rakyat for giving GPS a resounding mandate to govern for the next five years.
" I would like to particularly thank our Chinese friends who have shown tremendous confidence in the GPS administration and my promise of a more meaningful Chinese participation in the government has not been a hollow promise as proven by the appointment of a Deputy Chief Minister from the Chinese community," he said pointing to the appointment of SUPP president Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian.
Abang Johari said the GPS government has triumphed with a 34-point manifesto that embodied its sincere promise to look after the welfare and interest of the people and bring the state to greater heights in development.
"We have triumphed because we have shown the people that GPS is capable of forming a credible government with sound social and economic development policies," he said.
He gave his assurance that his administration will do their level best to fulfil to the people what they have promised to them in the manifesto and stay on track to become a developed state by 2030.
He was confident that with the solid support of the rakyat, and the efficacy of the state's civil service, the state could become a digital economic power with excellent infrastructure and utilities and the people enjoying high income.
On the vaccination effort against Coid-19, he hoped the "few hundred thousand people" who have not come forward to receive their booster doses would do so as soon as possible in order to have their immunity against Covid further strengthened.
"Now that the pandemic has eased off, there is very little reason for the completion of projects to be delayed for the benefit of the rakyat and to transform our infrastructure," he said.