BETONG: Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Special Convention here today in a motion has proposed the state government set up an agency to manage and develop the coastal areas of the state.
Tabled by PBB vice-president Datuk Julaihi Narawi during the launching of the convention this morning, he said the agency would be called the Coastal Development Authority or Coastal Development Agency, and to be chaired by the chief minister.
“The board members will consist of elected representatives of the coastal constituencies as well as professionals and experts in various fields,” he said.
Another proposal in the motion was for the state government to set up more Collection, Processing and Packaging Centres (CPPCs) and wholesale centres for the rural areas to market agricultural produce as well as other products produced in the rural areas, said Julaihi.
Meanwhile, Julaihi also urged the state government to do a more in-depth study on how to resolve the constant flooding issues in the state so that it would be able to build more effective drainage and irrigation systems and other flood mitigation systems.
Apart from that, the study would also involve big plantation owners with no water retention which may have contributed to the flooding in the rural areas, he said.
Julaihi also proposed the state government, while it is developing agroparks in the state, the government should also identify and acquire private plantations which is around 5,000 to 10,000 hectares.
He also urged the state government to consider setting up more international schools in the rural areas, expedite the recruitment of Sarawakian teachers for Sarawak schools, set up more industrial and vocational training schools as well as universities in the rural areas, and increase efforts to assist students from lower income group and rural areas to further their studies to higher learning institutions through Yayasan Sarawak.
Other items in the motion include to support the state government’s effort in claiming the state’s rights according to the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63), expanding its cellular networks and internet coverage further in the rural areas, and the setting up of international schools among others.