By S. Harrish
THE Sarawak government hopes to triple the average monthly household income from the current RM5,000 to RM16,000 by 2030.
Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Abang Openg said that by achieving this target, Sarawak would be ahead of other states in Malaysia.
He said while gross domestic product (GDP) growth was a key indicator of economic growth, it was more important how it could be transferred to every Sarawakian, reports New Sarawak Tribune.
Abang Johari said that to realise this target, the state government would help the private sector grow their respective industries and expected them to respond by investing in the various sectors.
He said that while development remained strong, nobody must be left behind.
“The history of previous industrial revolutions suggests that if factors related to social inequality are not appropriately addressed, then there is a risk of social and digital divide.
“I want our initiatives and projects to be people or community-centric. The distribution of wealth to the community must be equitable in both urban and rural settings. Income gap will need to be reduced,” he said.
Abang Johari said the current low-income household percentage in Sarawak stood at 53 percent.
“In 10 years, we will have to reduce this significantly. For every Sarawakian, access to social services will need to be improved.
“We also must not forget the vulnerable segments of our society. Everyone, including our special needs community, will be taken care of,” he added.