CM warns Sarawakians against ideology threat spread by foreign NGOs

Abang Johari extending his National Day wishes to the people with the theme of the National Day celebration called Malaysia Prihatin. Photo Credit: Chief Minister's Office.

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KUCHING, Aug 30: The people should not be influenced by the ideology being spread by  certain foreign non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that threatens the political and social stability of the State.

In stating this, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said the ideology threat from foreign countries is yet to be over, adding that the people should be mindful and not to be influenced by it.

“The ideology threat, especially from western countries, is yet to be over.

“Do not be influenced by the elements through certain NGOs that could threaten the political and social stability of the State because at the end of the day, ‘only Sarawakians will help Sarawakians’.

“Foreigners or outsiders who try to influence us with all sorts of reasons and they will not be with us till the very end.

“The Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) State government which I am leading is always open for discussion with any parties to solve whatever problems which might arise for the benefit of the people and the State,” he said in his message in conjunction with the State level 2021 National Day celebration tomorrow (August 31).

Abang Johari noted that previous threats of the nation came through elements spread by ideology on weapons while the security forces had sacrificed their lives and defended the sovereignty of the country.

On the other hand, the chief minister expressed hope that the appointment of Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob as the ninth prime minister of Malaysia and his Federal Cabinet will bring political stability to the nation.

In the wake of the political crisis which happened in the country recently, Abang Johari who is GPS chairman, reiterated that GPS’s stand was to ensure political stability of the nation while efforts can be focused on fighting Covid-19 and channelled towards the recovery of the country’s economy.

He noted if the Covid-19 pandemic were to get out of control, it would bring devastation to all.

“This is the time we stand united against our ‘common enemy’ which is coronavirus. This is not the time we all quarrel among ourselves or for personal interests.

“Politics should be used as a tool to bridge the line for our multiracial and multireligious society as recommended by Head of State Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud through his politics of development philosophy when he led the Sarawak government,” he added.

In the meantime, Abang Johari said the Covid-19, which is an invisible enemy, has threatened the political and stability of the country as well as the health of the rakyat.

Given the timeless efforts shown by the frontliners in fighting Covid-19, the chief minister expressed his appreciation to them on behalf of the State government.

He described the frontliners as unsung heroes whose efforts could not be repaid even though the Sarawak government has tried to help with various assistance through the Bantuan Khas Sarawakku Sayang (BKSS).

On the other hand, Abang Johari said Sarawak has achieved more than 85 per cent of the eligible population to be vaccinated with the second dose of Covid-19 vaccine under the Sarawak Immunisation Programme.

Hence, he expressed gratitude for the efforts shown by various parties to accelerate the vaccination programme in Sarawak through their cooperation using various resources at their disposal. — DayakDaily