SPAOH, March 11: The state Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) government is always ready to co-operate with the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government, reiterates Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg today.
He said this was for the overall interest of the state’s development.
“But if their policies are bad for us, we will fight,” he said during a Meet-the-People-cum-Handing-Over of Land Titles session here this morning.
Having said this, Abang Johari said Sarawak was but best ruled by local leaders from local-based parties.
“In this way, we can work out and implement our own development policies and plan with minimum interference or have to go through consensus like when we were with the Barisan Nasional.
“We can then continue fighting for the return of the state’s rights that was started by the late Chief Minister Pehin Sri Adenan Satem.
“The GPS government’s policy is always to prioritise Sarawak and its people,” he assured those present.
Abang Johari pointed out that all projects that he had announced needed proper planning before implementation.
“There is no element of hanky panky as we have also engaged MACC (Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission) to work with us” he shared.
On his two-day visit to Betong Division, he said it was to see problems on the ground in the effort to serve the people well.
He noted that the division had great potential for modern agriculture.
Later, Abang Johari visited Luban Ulu near here, where he performed the earth-breaking ceremony for a communication tower.
The tower, costing about RM1 million, is a project of the Sarawak Multimedia Authority.
Speaking at the function, he said the state government planned to build 300 such towers statewide this year at the cost of RM1 billion.
“Next year, we will build another 300. This is our effort to transform the state, where we stress on digital management and the digital economy,” he told those present.
Also present were Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas; Minister of Utilities Dato Sri Dr Stephen Rundi; Minister For Education, Science and Technological Research Dato Sri Michael Manyin Jawong and Minister for Local Government and Housing Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian. — DayakDaily