CM: Sarawak must be ruled by all races

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg (fourth right) launching GPS Tamin and Kakus in Tatau, Bintulu (Sept 29, 2019).

By Lian Cheng

TATAU, Sept 29: Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg says Sarawak cannot be governed by only one race and needs all races.

He said this is the way of Sarawak.

“Our ministers are made up of all races. Even though I am the chief minister, I refer to the cabinet when making decisions.

“And all races are in the cabinet. Sarawak cannot be ruled by one race. It has to be ruled by all races in Sarawak. That is our way,” said Abang Johari while officiating at the ceremony to mark the building of Jalan Baru Tatau/Kuala Tatau Road and the upgrading of Jalan Kelebu/Rumah Ado at Tatau today.

Abang Johari who is also Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) chairman, also launched GPS Tamin and Kakus.

He emphasised that it is the way of the GPS state government to realise what has been promised to the people.

“I am not a liar. When I say I will consider, I will. And today, I started the (road) construction of Jalan Tatau to Kuala Tatau where the total cost is RM200 million.”

He said he and other GPS ministers will ensure the projects promised will be implemented — unlike others, who said they would give the state 20 per cent oil and gas but then claimed they could not afford to do so.

“I have no personal agenda. We work together as we are all ‘Anak Sarawak’. We don’t want to be lied to. We have enough experience and we used (it) to raise our standard of living.”

Abang Johari (third right) signing the plaque to mark the construction of Jalan Baru Tatau/Kuala Tatau Road and the upgrading of Jalan Kelebu/Rumah Ado at Tatau today (Sept 29, 2019).

He said the Sarawak government had approved the request of Tamin assemblyman Christopher Gira for water treatment plants in Kakus and Tamin constituencies.

He said the coming Sarawak Election will be the time for voters to decide whether Sarawak will remain in hands of Sarawakians, or turn to “outsiders” who are already “attempting to divide the people” through Village Community Management Council (MPKK).

“If MPKK comes in being, we will be split. Already they are splitting among themselves; don’t try to split us.

“They are so divided. The Malay Bumiputera community has been divided into five. There are Parti Bersatu (Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia), Parti Amanah (Negara), PAS (Parti Islam Se-Malaysia), Umno (United Malays National Organisation), and another party PKR (Parti Keadilan Rakyat).

“The Bumiputera community there is split into five. A chaotic nation. We in Sarawak, we do not split, we unify, the Bumiputera of Sarawak. And we work together with the non-Bumiputera.

“Because we in Sarawak are cultured. The Chinese, the Iban, the Bidayuh, the Malay, the Melanau, the Orang Ulu, we have but one spirit because we want to build our state,” he emphasised.

At the function, he announced the approval of RM62 million to upgrade the Stapang Water Treatment Plant and RM30 million for Tatau Waterfront.

He also promised he would take into consideration the upgrading of abandoned timber roads to connect every part of Tatau. — DayakDaily