Individuals formed local parties to fulfil personal agenda, says Abang Johari

Abang Johari (fifth left) launching the Miri City Hall today. From second left: Transport Minister Dato Sri Lee Kim Shin, Local Government and Housing Minister Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian and Miri City mayor Adam Yii.

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By Lian Cheng

KUCHING, Nov 15: Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) takes a swipe at Sarawak-based parties, claiming that these parties were formed by individuals to achieve their own personal agendas.

Without naming any party, GPS chairman Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg said contrary to GPS leaders in the government, these individuals formed the party because their personal agendas were not met in their previous parties, leading them to switch from one party to another, and finally forming their own parties.

“We in the government have no personal agenda. I have no personal agenda. Some people join this party, leave the party, then form a new party because they have personal agendas. They were not happy with one party and they went out to form a new party because their personal agendas were not addressed.  

“I have been in (my) party for 40 years, of course you have your problems in politics here and there. Sometimes you are here, sometimes you are there and sometimes in the middle but the principle must be there because you are working for the people.  

“But (for some individuals), sometimes you are not happy with the party, you form a new party. The present Sarawak-based parties are full of people like that, may be (because) they didn’t achieve their own personal agenda. 

“For me and the rest of my colleagues, it is the people first, Sarawak first,” said Abang Johari during the launch of Miri City Hall held in Miri which was made available to all Sarawakians via Facebook live today. 

On Miri, he said the city is significant not only due to its oil and gas related activities but also its position as a resort city. To him, since the newly launched Miri City Hall was what Mirians needed, and since the Sarawak government could afford it, he gave the green light to finance the project

Following Miri, Abang Johari who is also Chief Minister said Sarawakians will also see similar development for Sibu.

“I am sure Sibu also wants it. They have requested for the project and I have told them I have approved it. Meaning, for Kuching, Sibu and Miri, you will have your own city halls that reflect the progress of that particular city.”  — DayakDaily