Kg Bandarsah folks urged to protect, nurture Sarawak

Abang Johari (left) looking through the Gemilang Bandarsah book with Abd Rahman (on Abang Johari's left) after launching it.

By Karen Bong

KUCHING, June 27: The people of Kampung Bandarsah have been urged to come forward to protect and take good care of Sarawak so that it cannot be taken away by others.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg emphasised that Sarawak is a peaceful place, which was why there were people who wanted to take over the state.

“She (Sarawak) is so attractive that people want to steal her away because we have the strengths, resources and the economy is well managed,” he pointed out.

“As such, we must safeguard the good environment that we have through our unity,” he said as he was reminded of the words of the late Pehin Sri Adenan Satem (Tok Nan), “jagalah Sarawak baik-baik” (take good care of Sarawak).

Abang Johari highlighted this when officiating at the Pertubuhan Anak Seni Bandarsah Kuching Aidilfitri dinner and Bandarsah Gemilang Book launch at Baitumal Islamic Complex here last night.

Abang Johari (right) touches an old television set to activate a video to mark the Aidilfitri celebration. Also seen is Abd Rahman.

He recalled that in the past, villagers will come together for social activities in the spirit of ‘gotong-royong’ such as to prepare for a wedding and breaking fast in the holy month of Ramadhan.

“But in this new era, we have television and are surrounded by gadgets. Our lifestyle has changed and we are faced with different challenges.

“But fortunately we live in peace and harmony. We have all sorts of programmes and activities to train our children through social works which will definitely benefit us individually as well as our village,” he added.

“Coincidentally, our Kampung Bandarsah produced two chief ministers — the late Tok Nan and I took over. Both of us were able to contribute and serve our people and state,” he said.

Abang Johari also commended the association led by chairman Abd Rahman Zainuddin for their many achievements since being established in 2013.

“It is hoped that the association will have its own premises soon,” he added.

The event was attended by some 700 Kampung Bandarsah residents as well as representatives from mosques, surau, villages and associations from Satok area.

Meanwhile, the Bandarsah Gemilang Book by Saiee Dris is an initiative by the association to collect data and information on Bandarsah individuals who have excelled in politics, business, education, sports and culture.

The iconic Bandarsah figures include the late Tok Nan and Abang Johari himself. — DayakDaily