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By Yee Mei and Shikin Louis
KUCHING, Aug 1: Sarawak is being watched by the world, with ambassadors from all over asking to collaborate with the State, says Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg.
“The whole world is watching us—watching what we do. If not, why ask me to speak in Rotterdam (Netherlands)? If they’re not watching us, why (would) they ask me to talk at Rotterdam?
“The governor of Tokyo, who is a powerful governor, asked me to speak at Tokyo on hydrogen. Not long after, I was asked to give a talk in Bali (Indonesia) on energy for Asia.
“It’s not that I want to show off, but what I’m saying is that people are watching us,” he said at the 5th anniversary of the Sarawak Public Communication Unit (Ukas) at Pullman Hotel here tonight.
He also added that because of Sarawak’s economy, ambassadors worldwide want to meet with him.
“Ambassadors are lining up to meet me. They come here asking if they can collaborate with us—Brazil, Spain, Indonesia—all of them want to come because of our economy that stands out and shines,” he said.
Among those present were Deputy Premier Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian; Sarawak Legislative Assembly (DUN) Speaker Datuk Amar Mohamad Asfia Awang Nassar; Minister of Tourism, Creative Industry and Performing Arts Dato Sri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah; Minister in the Premier’s Department Datuk John Sikie Tayai; Deputy Minister in the Premier’s Department (Corporate Affairs and Ukas) Datuk Abdullah Saidol; Deputy Sarawak Secretary (Economic and Development Planning) Datu Dr Muhammad Abdullah Zaidel; Deputy Sarawak Secretary (Operations) Datu Hii Chang Kee; Deputy Minister of Transport (Aviation and Road) Datuk Dr Jerip Susil; Ukas director Samuel Simon and Ukas Special Administrative Officer Datu Takun@Takon Sunggah. — DayakDaily