‘No infighting, no conflict in GPS, just work’ — Abg Jo

Abang Johari (third right) waving the GPS flag to launch the GPS Limbang Zone. Also seen is Awang Tengah (second right).

LIMBANG, Feb 2: The state government is made up of ministers from the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) who can administer the state and take good care of the people’s welfare.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said his Cabinet ministers, as well as leaders in GPS coalition members, are wise and have no personal agenda that could lead to infighting and conflicts among each other.

Sarawak leaders are only interested in serving the best interest of the people and the state on a whole, if compared to the political situations in Peninsular Malaysia, he continued.

Referring to the Malay proverb, “Gajah sama gajah berlawan, rumput mati di tengah-tengah” (when people of power are fighting, the people on the ground are caught in the middle and lose out), Abang Johari said GPS leaders are not ‘stupid’ to spend their time and energy quarrelling with each other, where in the end, the people will suffer.

“The state government has crafted its own way to administer and manage the state in the best interest of all Sarawakians. The current state administration has also developed a new method to fund the development projects in Sarawak.

“The state government has updated knowledge on how to manage the economy and generate more revenue for the state,” he said at the launch of GPS Limbang zone here today.

Abang Johari delivering his speech.

Citing development initiatives in Limbang, Abang Johari who is also GPS chairman and Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) president, said many projects have been approved and funds allocated to implement infrastructure projects including road connectivity, bridges, treated water and electricity supply to villages.

Among the projects cited included the RM180 million Sungai Limbang Bridge, upgrading of the 1.6km Limbang Waterfront costing RM60 million, the building of the Limbang Administrative Museum, water treatment plant, RM5 million CPPC (collection, processing and packaging centre) and a road construction from Ulu Tubai to Mentawai.

“GPS is a practical political coalition and whenever we make promise to the people, we will initiate that particular project. The state government will implement it. We are not like the opposition who only knows how to make promises but did not fulfil them,” he said.

He also took swipe at the Pakatan Harapan (PH) federal government, which is currently in a disarray and unable to ensure a smooth transition of the next prime minister, especially considering that the current premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had said was not planning on serving the full term.

In this regards, Abang Johari said GPS, made up of PBB, Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS), Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) and Progressive Democratic Party (PDP), has a clear succession plan for its leaders to take over the leadership of the state.

He said GPS leaders are responsible leaders who will transform the economy and the development of Sarawak.

Abang Johari (second left) presents a mock cheque in symbolic for land compensation to one of the landowners, Rose Michael Jenang, following a road construction project. He is flanked by Uggah (left) and Awang Tengah.

He urged the people to support GPS candidates in the coming state election, as the coalition is made up of Sarawakian-based parties with the people’s interest at heart and able to defend the state’s multiracial society.

Deputy chief ministers Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas and Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan were present among the 5,000 crowd, mostly GPS members, at the event. — DayakDaily