Tuesday, June 23, 2009

The 9Th Methodist Convention - The Future Of sarawak From A Christian Perspective - Part 12

The uneven developments in Sarawak are a cause for grave concern. Brother Kee Hian called the phenomenon "development gaps" which cast a long shadow on the future of Sarawak.

In his summary of the development gaps of Sarawak, Kee Hian said,"On the whole, Sarawak has achieved an admirable overall economic growth despite the less-than-optimal development strategies and policies, and execution."

Tan Kee Hian then went on to add that"the economic growth of Sarawak has largely been enabled by the abundant natural resources and related activities. Nevertheless, Kee Hian pointed out, Sarawak is still solidly stuck in middle-income trap.

Further to that, Kee Hian reminded the audience: The fruits of success are unevenly distributed among the people. "Our infrastructure and social developments have not kept pace with the economic growth," Kee Hian said.

On our environment and good governance, Kee Hian hit straight to the point,"The commercial and growth objectives appear to dominate our environmental substainability and social needs/rights. Good governance appears to have been sidelined and possibly sacrificed."
The picture shows our mighty Rajang River. Photo: Meng Lei

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