Sarawak Premier visits Tropi director, former State leaders on first day of Gawai in Kuching

Abang Johari (centre) flanked by Dr Lulie on his left at the latter’s Gawai Dayak open house today (June 1, 2023).

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By Ashley Sim

KUCHING, June 1: Sarawak Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg visited a number of open houses here today in conjunction with the first day of the Gawai Dayak celebration.

Among them was the Gawai open house hosted by Sarawak Tropical Peat Research Institute (Tropi) director, Datu Dr Lulie Melling at her residence. She extended a warm welcome to the Premier upon his arrival at approximately 5pm.

The crowd at the open house was akin to a colourful tapestry woven with threads of diversity, with individuals of various religious and ethnic backgrounds in attendance.

A variety of local food was also served at the Tropi director’s house. Among others present was Sarawak Minister of Utility and Telecommunication (MUT) Datuk Julaihi Narawi.

Abang Johari (seated left) chatting with Linggi (seated second left) and others during the latter’s Gawai open house. Photo credit: Ukas

Earlier, according to a news report published by Sarawak Public Communications Unit (Ukas), Abang Johari also visited a Gawai open house hosted by Tan Sri Datuk Amar Leonard Linggi Jugah.

Upon arrival at the latter’s residence around 2.30pm, the Premier was warmly welcomed by Linggi and his family, including federal Works Minister Dato Sri Alexander Nanta Linggi.

Abang Johari (back row, fourth left) flanked by Jabu on his right and others pose for a photo at Jabu’s Gawai open house. Also seen are Deputy Premier Awang Tengah Ali Hasan (left), Jabu’s wife Tan Sri Dato Sri Empiang Jabu (back row, second left), Sarawak Legislative Assembly Speaker Tan Sri Datuk Amar Mohamad Asfia Awang Nassar (on Abang Johari’s left) and Julaihi (on Mohamad Asfia’s left). Photo credit: Ukas

Abang Johari also earlier visited former Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu Numpang.

The visit was a sign of his respect and appreciation for the former political leader of Sarawak as well as respecting the traditions and culture of the Dayak community in conjunction with Hari Gawai. — DayakDaily