Premier announces formation of Greater Kuching Coordinated Development Agency to develop Bidayuh areas
Posted on : 12 Jun 2022  Source of News: The Borneo Post

Abang Johari (middle) in a group photo with other guests at the open house. Henry is at fourth left. – Photo by Roystein Emmor

BAU (June 12): Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg has fulfilled the requests by Bidayuh elected representatives to set up a specific development agency for their areas from Lundu to Serian.

He announced today the formation of a new agency called Greater Kuching Coordinated Development Agency (GKCDA) to focus on Greater Kuching where the Bidayuh areas are located.

“I acknowledge the support of the Bidayuhs. Your representatives spoke in the State Legislative Assembly asking for a special way to develop Bidayuh areas.

“So today, I want to announce that we will set up Greater Kuching Coordinated Development Agency (GKCDA).

“I will study on how this agency will work. I will discuss with the Bidayuh leaders to come up with framework,” he said when speaking at the Bau Gawai Open House 2022 today.

During the recent DUN sitting, four Bidayuh elected representatives comprising Serembu assemblyman Miro Simuh, Tebedu assemblyman Dr Simon Sinang Bada, Bukit Semuja assemblyman John Ilus and Opar assemblyman Billy Sujang had called on the Sarawak government to set up an agency to stimulate economic activities for the Bidayuh community especially in areas along the shared borders with Indonesia.

Abang Johari explained that this new agency is in line with the state government’s strategy to accelerate development in the geographically-vast Sarawak.

“This is why we have set up so many development agencies. If you look at the Peninsula which are about the same size as Sarawak, but it has many states and that’s why it can develop fast. We are big, but there is no states within territory of Sarawak.

“So we set up agencies such as this to coordinate and focus on development.

“I heard what was stated by the Bidayuh assemblymen. I am being inclusive, if we want, we can arrange for it, we include one agency for Greater Kuching,” he said.

Later, when approached by reporters, Abang Johari said the GKCDA model will be similar to Integrated Regional Samarahan Development Agency (IRSDA).

“The idea is this, when we give them the development grant then they can coordinate the implementation of the project.

“The model is similar to IRSDA. Its not a formal statutory body, it is just an agency that coordinate all the development project that we have approved in this area.

“There are a lot of projects that have approved but the question now is the implementation. This way the agency will pay its part,” he said.

Meanwhile, the open house host Deputy Minister of Transport (Riverine and Marine) Dato Henry Harry Jinep welcomed the announcement made by the Premier as a timely one.

“Without such agency, we would not have any platform to monitor implementation of projects. With this agency, we have a platform which will act to ensure smooth implementation of projects,” added Henry, also Tasik Biru assemblyman.