By Jaythaleela K
MIRI, Jan 18: Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg has reminded Sarawakians to take good care of the state to ensure peace and continuous development.
“It just like a husband taking good care of his wife and protecting her. Some people might want to take Sarawak because this state is beautiful and well known with natural resources,” he said when launching Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) Zone 12(A) at Rh Robert Tugang, Suai, near here today.
The GPS Zone 12(A) consists of Jepak state constituency, Tanjung Batu, Kemena and Samalaju. About 7,000 attended the event at the longhouse located some 98km from Miri.
He added that the GPS-led state government has a long-term development plan for the people.
“I’m practising a collective discussion policy with my state Cabinet to create positive initiatives impact to the ‘rakyat’.
“Only Sarawak-based political parties, which is GPS and its component parties, are the one that is capable to protect Sarawak’s right, and not those from outside (political parties),” he continued.
Abang Johari said the coalition, with a hornbill-shaped symbol in its logo, reflects GPS’ aim to fight and protect Sarawak rights.
He reminded the people to stay united: “We are a multiracial state, do not let outsiders divide us, as we have lived together in peace and harmony like one big family.”
On the state’s development plan, Abang Johari said he dared to announce various projects because he has several plans to generate revenues for the state. He cited the state sales tax on petroleum products as an example.
“Rest assured, we will not use the state’s reserves to fund all these development projects because we have other ways.
“Furthermore, all those development projects need time to be completed. I am not a magician,” he said.
On another note, Abang Johari announced several development projects in Suai. He allocated an additional RM50 million for Phase II water supply project in Suai area, which would be benefit 20 longhouses.
He also announced RM1.5 million to build Kampung Iran waterfront in Samalaju. — DayakDaily