Pundit: S’wakians hope to see civil servants cutting red tape, committed like Abang Jo, ministers

Dato Peter Minos

KUCHING, Oct 1: Sarawakians hope civil servants could emulate Sarawak Premier Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg and other Cabinet ministers’ commitments and diligence instead of hiding behind the ‘red tape’.

This is the view of political pundit Dato Peter Minos, who pointed out that Abang Johari has initiated such a culture.

He claimed that he bore witness to a minister who had to attend four functions in a day immediately after an official visit to New York and another who checked on road contractors at 7am.

“In fact, all Sarawak ministers are a hard-working lot showing enthusiasm and passion in their work.

“Obviously, they want to emulate the Premier, who seems never to stop working, moving, and creating things. (He is) very innovative and creative, and he is always trying new ideas and applications all the time, all for the good of Sarawak and its people.

“We definitely wish that the civil servants can and should follow suit instead of hiding behind the red tape, the many rules and regulations and in fear of audit for going and stretching all out to help the ministers and the people,” said Minos who is also Kota Samarahan Municipal Council (MPKS) chairman.

He said the ordinary folk of Sarawak are impressed by the devotion and determination of Abang Johari and his Cabinet ministers to get things done.

To him, the current mood among Sarawakians is that everything is ‘steady’ because people see that the ruling Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) government is doing its best for the people who are united and living harmoniously.

“Things would be much better if only the Federal side could stop the problematical political and economic matters, like the rising high cost of living and the falling Ringgit value.

“Whatever happens in the Peninsular and Sabah, it is wise and good that Sarawkians must continue in making Sarawak the ‘best place in Malaysia’, as one Kuala Lumpur friend aptly said,” said Minos in a statement. — DayakDaily