Sarawak state election dates remain a mystery

Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg

By Peter Sibon

KUCHING, July 15: The guessing game on the dates for the next state election continues as Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg refused to dwell on the subject except to say that the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) machinery is ever ready to face it.

On the other hand, he highlighted his achievements since he took over the reins from his predecessor, the late Pehin Sri Adenan Satem, three years ago.

“Suffice for me to say that we have managed to get Bakun HEP Dam back, we have set up DBOS Bank, Petros, Petronas is going to pay us the State Sales Tax, and this free school bus service show I what have promised. There will be more to come if the present (GPS) government continues to administer Sarawak,” he said.

The Chief Minister also disclosed that Sarawak will soon have five international schools which have been tendered out. These boarding schools will be built at 12th Mile Kuching-Serian Road, in Kuching, Sibu, Bintulu and Miri to cater for smart students with subsidised fees.

“So, the Free School Bus Service we launched today is nothing to do with election. This is what I have promised. What I promised I deliver,” he said.

However on a serious note, he said he had implemented the various initiatives to ensure Sarawak will achieve its target of a developed state by 2030.

“God willing, we will achieve that (target),” he added.

As for the dates of the state elections?

“When is the election? That I don’t know,” he quipped when asked during a press conference after launching the Free School Bus Services at Padang Merdeka here today.—DayakDaily