KUCHING, Nov 9: International Trade and E-commerce Minister Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh says Sarawak is fortunate as it takes a long time to have an outstanding chief minister and Sarawak has had three wise ones in succession.
He said the three chief ministers — current Head of State Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud, the late Pehin Sri Adenan Satem and current Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg — have all contributed to Sarawak in different ways.
Firstly, Wong talked about Taib whom he termed “the Guardian of Sarawak”.
“Talking about Pehin Sri, he is the Guardian of Sarawak. He insists that Sarawak should be governed by itself. Tun is the Guardian of Sarawak.
“He guarded Sarawak all these years. Whatever criticism you may have against Tun, he is the Guardian of Sarawak,” said the Bawang Assan assemblyman during a press conference on the sidelines of the State Legislative Assembly sitting today.
He said after Taib, came Tok Nan (Adenan) who dared to say “No” and who stood up to the leaders of the federal government.
Wong said he advised Adenan to use the word ‘unwise’ instead of ‘stupid’. However, to Adenan, there was nothing wrong when ‘stupid is stupid’.
“I tell you it takes a very, very long time to find a leader like that,” said Wong.
Then after Tok Nan, came Abang Johari.
“Again it takes a long time to have such a leader with such a vision.
“He dares to dream. He dares to aim high. He knows that Sarawak has a small population and in order to grow and leapfrog in economic development, you must connect yourself to the rest of the world.
“In order to connect to the world, you must connect to the world through information (communication) technology (ICT) because ICT knows no boundary,” said Wong.
He added the way for Sarawak to move forward is through the digital economy.
“It takes a person like him to come out with a very bold mission, otherwise, our state will be lagging behind.”
“You may not like it but it is necessary for all of us,” said Wong.
He said all people, the private sector and the public sector should work hard to help Abang Johari to achieve that dream because it has taken a long time to find such a visionary leader.
“The Sarawak Mulitmedia Authority Bill is very important to the state and yet the opposition is trying to politicise it. I am very disappointed,” said Wong. — DayakDaily