KUCHING, May 4: A special joint committee between the Sarawak and federal governments, to be known as Action Committee, has been established to give focus on developments in Sarawak.
Announcing this, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg revealed that Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had agreed that the joint chairmen be Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, representing Sarawak, and Works Minister Baru Bian, representing Putrajaya.
“The Action Committee is aimed at giving focus to developments in Sarawak,” he said when speaking at an appreciation dinner for retiring Federal Secretary Dato Mansor Man here on Friday evening.
Mansor will officially retire from the civil service effective May 13, 2019, after serving 21 months in Sarawak.
On Mansor’s retirement, Abang Johari said although his service was not that long, he, however, faced certain challenges as it was the moment that the federal government changed hands after the general election.
“But he managed to deliver his best while serving in Sarawak. We, in Sarawak, are very grateful that we have established a very good working relationship for the sake of the rakyat,” he commented.
On the dilapidated school’s issue, Abang Johari said the state government had found a formula to resolve the matter for the benefit of the affected students.
Meanwhile, State Secretary Tan Sri Mohamad Morshidi Abdul Ghani, in his speech, pointed out that Mansor understood the situation in Sarawak well despite his short service. This made it easier for him to carry out his duties effectively.
“The federal secretary had also established a good working relationship between the state and federal governments, which benefits the rakyat,” he added.
Mansor, in his speech, said he faced no problems during his tenure working in Sarawak and expressed his gratitude to the Sarawak government for the good cooperation given to him.
Also present were Deputy Chief Ministers Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas and Tan Sri Dr James Masing, ministers and assistant ministers, deputy state secretaries and heads of government departments. — DayakDaily