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By Karen Bong
BINTULU, Jan 12: Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) puts Sarawak as the first priority in its struggles to ensure a bright future for the state and its people.
Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg emphasised that GPS, being the government of the day, wanted to build a better future for Sarawak and its people of multi races and religions.
“This is the time as we are matured enough, can think and plan to continue Tok Nan (the late Pehin Sri Adenan Satem)’s efforts. He wanted to safeguard Sarawak rights, especially those that have been eroded,” he said.
He highlighted this at the GPS Flag Rally Convoy, which arrived at the Bintulu Civic Centre, where the Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) Triennial General Assembly (TGA) is held today.
“We want to develop Sarawak so that our people can live in peace and harmony while having the opportunity to better their lives than that of yesterday and much better in the future,” he said.
Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Youth chief Gerald Rentap Jabu, who led the convoy, stressed that only Sarawakians could take care and decide the future of Sarawak.
“Who else would love Sarawak other than `Anak Sarawak’ themselves. That being said, only Sarawakians can take care of Sarawak,” he said.
“It is, thus, crucial for us to unite together to protect this land and our resources. We will not allow others to take it away from us.”
GPS, he reiterated, was committed to safeguard and develop Sarawak.
“We do this through Sarawakians. We manage our resources and chart our future. The Sarawak first principle and spirit must be embedded in every Sarawakians to ensure the destiny is achieved through mutual respect, tolerance, peace, harmony and unity.
“We are touched that the chief minister can be with us. Today is a great day for us,” he added while assuring support and faith in the leadership of GPS to bring development and progress to Sarawak.
Bintulu MP Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing, meanwhile, reminded the people to not only be self-indulged in the excitement but must show strong support.
“We must show strong support. Don’t just `ya ya ya’ (nodding to agree). We must be honest and sincere,” he said and wished the troop a safe journey. — DayakDaily