Premier: S’wak’s bilateral relations with neighbouring countries left to PM’s discretion

Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg. Photo credit: Premier's Office

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KUCHING, Jan 27: Sarawak’s bilateral relations with neighbouring countries are left to the discretion of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

According to a news report from Sarawak Public Communication Unit (Ukas) yesterday (Jan 26), Sarawak Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg said Sarawak has established bilateral relations with three countries, namely Brunei, Singapore, and Indonesia, in various matters that benefit all parties.

“For example, on a recent visit to Brunei, Sarawak has a special relationship with the country. Several matters have been decided between Brunei and Malaysia, such as aviation.

“When the Prime Minister went to Jakarta, President Joko Widodo proposed to build a hydro dam in East Kalimantan with Sesco (Syarikat Sesco Berhad), to which the Prime Minister requested input from Sarawak.

“Another neighbouring country is Singapore. We have some things to discuss between Malaysia and Singapore. For example, in the field of carbon business,” he said.

He added Sarawak’s participation in these collaborations depends entirely on the Prime Minister’s decision because it also involves Malaysia’s relationship with foreign countries.

Abang Johari told this to reporters during a Chinese New Year visit to Sarawak Minister of Transport Dato Sri Lee Kim Shin’s residence in Miri on Thursday (Jan 26). — DayakDaily