KUCHING, Jan 13: Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg is the right leader whom Sarawakians can trust to continue to lead the state.
Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said it was imperative for all Sarawakians to continue supporting Abang Johari to carry out his tasks.
“Within the short span of three years, we have seen Abang Jo to be very accomplished and capable Chief Minister.
“In spite of numerous setbacks and in particular from outside the state, his astute financial management skill has enabled him to create financial engineering. This in turn allows the state to generate income to finance its many socio-economic programmes to benefit all Sarawakians. This is indicative in the 2019 state budget where RM11 billion had been set aside and RM10 billion for 2020.
“Abang Jo too, is a leader we can trust to lead the state. He is visionary, highly experienced and very inclusive. On behalf of all the people in the state, I wish to offer him our heartiest congratulations, the best of health and many more years in service to us all,” said Uggah in conjunction with Abang Johari’s 3rd anniversary as Chief Minister.
Uggah, who is overseeing Unit For Other Religions (Unifor) also said that the Chief Minster has continued to support the development of other religions in Sarawak with increased budget from RM30 million last year to RM50 million this year.
“We have seen him to continue to strongly support Unifor which is of tremendous help to no-Islamic houses of worship.
“In 2020, he has allocated a fund of RM50 million to Unifor, the highest ever,” he said.
Uggah also praised the leadership of Abang Johari for creating several regional development areas, namely Ulu Rajang Development Agency (URDA), Highland Development Agency (HDA) and the Northern Region Development Agency (NRDA) to fast track rural development in Sarawak.
“These areas will be opened up for modern agriculture to generate more income for the people,” he said.
As Chief Minister, Uggah also highlighted that Abang Johari has continued to protect Sarawak’s interest and continue to fight for Sarawak’s rights under Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).
“In addition, Abang Jo is a leader we can rely on to protect the state’s interests and wealth. Sarawak, with him at the helm is still trying to get back its eroded rights as enshrined under MA63, from the federal government. As such, I earnestly appeal to all Sarawakians to again give him our strongest support and to preserve our existing racial and religious unity and harmony,” added Uggah. —DayakDaily