By Nigel Edgar
BAKO, Feb 24: Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg today criticised the state Pakatan Harapan (PH) for bringing a Malayan-based party (Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia) into the state when in the past they accused him of being an Umno agent.
He said Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) had, in the past, been adamant in not letting Umno into Sarawak due to its different culture that might not be compatible with Sarawak’s.
“Fortunately, they (Umno) did not come. Remember when the Democratic Action Party (DAP) accused me of being an Umno agent? Now you see, who is actually bringing in a Malayan party into Sarawak.
“Is that okay? We, Sarawak, have our own culture. Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) has its own culture. Our political culture is based on unity and development,” he said during the official opening of the Bako Bridge here this morning.
Abang Johari pointed out to the thousands of villagers and community leaders present that PH parties frequently bickered among themselves instead of finding ways to help the rakyat.
“Like today, again we are celebrating yet another achievement of the state government with the completion of another bridge that will help connect rural areas to the cities to spur their economic growth.
“Over there, they are just bickering with each other every now and then without end. And then there’s the ‘Bossku’,” he quipped.
He cited another example where the state government received compliments from PH members when a delegation from the Senate Reform Committee paid a courtesy call on him several days ago. The delegates mentioned that they were very fortunate to have come to Sarawak first out of all the other states.
“They said, ‘A lot of things we can learn from Sarawak that will transform us’. Meaning, it’s a testimony that our political way is exemplary.
“Our politics is not about bickering or arguing with each other. We work to provide for the aspirations of our rakyat,” said Abang Johari. — DayakDaily