CM Abang Johari holds closed door meeting with his cabinet colleagues, state BN leaders

Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Abang Openg blowing off the candles to mark his 67th birthday while state BN leaders look on, yesterday. -

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KUCHING: Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Abang Openg held an hour-long discussion with his state Cabinet colleagues and state Barisan Nasional leaders behind closed doors at Wisma Bapa Malaysia yesterday afternoon.

It is not immediately known what were being discussed, but it is believed that one of the topics was on the coming parliamentary elections expected to be held in the first half of next year.

It is not immediately known whether the allocation of seats among the four component parties of the Barisan Nasional was discussed and whether United People’s Party (UPP) would be allocated any of the seats to contest in the coming parliamentary election.

Another topic that could have been brought up for discussion yesterday was the outcome of the state legal team to London to search and retrieve documents related to Sarawak in the formation of Malaysia.

Abang Johari had told reporters recently that he would issue a statement regarding the trip to London once he has been briefed on the trip.

According to one of the members of the legal team, many important documents have been retrieved from the London archives and brought back to Sarawak.

“Our trip to London was successful because we have managed to trace the whereabouts of these historical and important documents related to the Malaysia Agreement and Inter-Governmental Committee Report,” he said.

He said some of the documents have been not seen before by the state leaders.

Leaders of PBB, PRS, SUPP and PDP attended the discussion with Abang Johari, who is also the state Barisan Nasional chairman, yesterday.

However, leaders from UPP including its president Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh and Parti Tenaga Rakyat Sarawak (Teras) were not invited to attend the meeting.

UPP and Teras are not component parties of the state Barisan, though they called themselves as BN-friendly parties.

Among those who attended yesterday’s meeting with Abang Johari were Deputy Chief Ministers Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah anak Embas, Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Jemut Masing and Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan, Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian, Utilities Minister Datuk Sri Stephen Rundi anak Utom and Bintulu member of parliament and PDP president Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing.

At the end of the hour-long discussion, his cabinet colleagues and the other leaders took the opportunity to wish the chief minister a happy 67th birthday that fell on August 4.

Born in Limbang Division on August 4, 1950, Abang Johari received his primary education at Merpati Jepang Primary School, Kuching and his secondary level at St Joseph’s Secondary School also in Kuching.

He obtained his masters in business administration from Henley College, Brunnel University, United Kingdom. –