KUCHING: Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg says he needs strong support from the people to implement the plans he has for Sarawak.
A united front from all Sarawakians will send a strong signal to Putrajaya that the state is serious in reclaiming its rights, said the Chief Minister.
Abang Johari added he needed the people, in particular the Chinese community, to rally behind the state government to ensure the ruling coalition could put up a strong representation in Parliament.
“Sarawak people must unite and work together. This is the time to show that the Chinese in Sarawak are united and part of the ruling government,” he said at the Sejiwa Senada programme at Batu Kawah here.
Abang Johari added that his administration had lined up numerous initiatives to transform the state economy. The ongoing Pan Borneo Highway would have a multiplier effect to spur economic growth across Sarawak.
“Our new development approach is to embrace technology in all sectors including agriculture. Modern farming, research and technology in production including efficient logistics will help us penetrate the global market.”
Abang Johari (left) greeting Barisan Nasional candidate for Bandar Kuching Kho Teck Wan (right) while Stampin candidate Dr Sim Kui Hian looks on.
He said the setting up of Petroleum Sarawak Bhd (Petros) will ensure the state has strong participation in the oil and gas sector, working alongside Petronas.
The recent acquisition of 25% equity in LNG3 will give the state an extra income of about RM2bil next year, Abang Johari added.
Stronger participation and investment in the oil and gas sector will help the state support the RM11bil LRT project in the Kuching-Samarahan-Serian divisions, as well as the water grid project throughout Sarawak.
“I promise to source more funds for Sarawak and we will assert our rights under MA63 (Malaysia Agreement 1963).
“Petros will ensure Sarawak fully exploits its oil and gas resources,” Abang Johari said.
Abang Johari presenting a mock cheque for RM10,000 to Jimmy Chiang from the Kuching Spinal Injuries Association
The Chief Minister added Sarawak plans to have its very own television station in the near future.
At the event, Abang Johari presented a RM500,000 grant to SJKC Sam Hap Hin, an agreement letter for the relocation of SJKC Chung Hua Bako to Samarahan, as well as land ownership deed for expansion of SJK Chung Hua Mile 4 at Jalan Penrissen.
The Chief Minister also presented native customary rights communal reserve land titles to Kampung Giit in Padawan, Kampung Semadang, Siburan, and Kampung Gita Baru in Sungai Maong.
Petronas, under its corporate social responsibility initiative, presented a total of RM120,000 to 10 non-governmental organisations in Kuching.