Abang Jo: We were not consulted over decision to move Registry

Abang Johari (centre) being welcomed upon arrival at the launch venue.

MIRI, April 21: Sarawak was not consulted by Putrajaya over the decision to move the Registry of the High Court of Sarawak and Sabah from Kuching to Kota Kinabalu effective this May 1.

“We will issue a statement on the matter soon,” said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg when met by the press after launching the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) Zone 13B covering Piasau, Pujut and Senadin this afternoon at Eastwood Valley and Country Club here.

The recent revelation of the decision to relocate the registry to Sabah has provoked a huge outcry from local lawyers and politicians as the registry has been based in Kuching since 1963.

Meanwhile, on the launching of GPS Zone 13B today, Abang Johari said setting up GPS was timely following the changes in the political landscape after the 14th General Election.

He said the establishment of GPS was a bold endeavour and he strongly believed that the local party-based alliance would be able to stand on firm on its own two feet.

Abang Johari (fourth left) and other GPS leaders waving GPS flags during the launch.

He also said it would mould the foundation for the state to move towards a better future and reclaim its rights as enshrined in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).

Abang Johari also pledged to continue the late Pehin Sri Adenan Satem’s struggle to fight for Sarawak’s rights.

Also present during the event were Deputy Chief Ministers Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan and Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas; Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) president Datuk Seri Sri Tiong King Sing, Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) president Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian, GPS Women’s chief-cum-Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) women’s chief Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah and Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) Women’s chief Datuk Seri Doris Brodie.

Some 3,000 people comprising GPS component party members were present at the launch.

Earlier, Abang Johari attended the ‘Makan Tahun 2019’ programme in Kampung Pintasan, Tiris Bekenu. — DayakDaily