Abang Johari (fourth right) leads senior PBB leaders in opening the ‘lemang’ kept in bamboo to mark the Raya celebration.
MIRI: PBB’s strength is the pillar of political stability, essential in achieving greater and uninterrupted progress to benefit all communities in the state.
In stating this, PBB president Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg said although leaders come and go, the spirit of championing the people’s interests would always remain intact in the party to push the state to greater heights of development.
“Smooth power transitions of PBB leadership from Tun Taib Mahmud (Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud) to the late Tok Nan (Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem) and now me — the captain of Tok Nan team — have put the party on a solid foundation for all members and BN (Barisan Nasional) component parties to continue to spur the state to greater heights,” he said during the ‘Majlis Ramah Mesra Aidil Fitri Miri 2017’ at Pullman Hotel here on Monday night.
The dinner was jointly hosted by PBB Bekenu, Lambir, Senadin, Pujut and Piasau.
In attendance were Deputy Chief Ministers Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas and Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan, State Legislative Assembly Speaker Datuk Amar Mohamad Asfia Awang Nassar and Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof.
Others present included organising chairman Ahmad Lai Bujang, who is Sibuti MP; Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, Bekenu assemblywoman Rosey Yunus and Lambir assemblyman Ripin Lamat.
According to Abang Johari, leaders in PBB change but the spirit of the party is strong to continue its struggle for Sarawak to move forward with experienced and innovative leaders.
He recalled the smooth transition of power from Taib to the late Tok Nan and the change of guard to him, which he said proved that the party had the people’s interests first, making the party united and unique as the backbone of Sarawak BN.
“The culture of giving way to experienced party leaders to lead the party shows that PBB is mature and strong, like during the late Tok Nan’s tenure, Awang Tengah and I supported Tok Nan as the fifth Sarawak Chief Minister and I later replaced him after he died,” Abang Johari said.
With himself as the captain of Team Adenan, he has from PBB Uggah, Awang Tengah, Fadillah and Abdul Karim as part of the team, he added.
“Douglas (Uggah) is the striker, (Awang) Tengah can be in the midfield or even be the striker and also Fadillah, who keeps the PBB team strong and united,” he said.
The PBB president assured that the present PBB leaders have the dynamism to bring the state to greater heights.
“I will not be long as Sarawak chief minister as I’m currently 66 years old and I have to face the fact that I won’t be long — we must not be greedy and prepare for those after us “ he said.
Commenting on the future development of Sarawak, he said the state would switch from conventional to digital technology to spur economic development in both rural and urban areas.
On Miri and Sibuti, he said the state would further promote Miri as a resort city to the world through e-tourism to attract more tourists and the state government had allocated RM1.5 million for the Sungai Tujuh CIQ, Miri Wireless Walk, RM5 million to develop Tusan beach, RM5 million for Bakam Point and RM24 million for Sibuti bridge.
“I have a master plan for greater Miri and its outskirts in Sibuti to focus on tourism and services to support the needs of the business community and the people here,” he added.
Commenting on Sarawak’s own oil and gas company Petros, he said there would be no problem in getting engineers and skilled oil and gas workers as many Sarawakians are working in Sarawak Shell Berhad and Petronas in the country and abroad.
As for dilapidated schools, he said they would be repaired or rebuilt through the state’ own Development Bank of Sarawak (DBOS) next year.
On the request by youths in Sibuti and Bekenu for a football field, he said the state government would allocate RM3 million to set up an open stadium like those in Lawas, Limbang and Betong with track, football field and a stage.
This was Abang Johari’s first Hari Raya visit to Miri since becoming the sixth chief minister of Sarawak.