Wednesday, October 23

‘Unique’ political style effective in keeping unity in S’wak — CM

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Abang Johari (fourth right) receives a souvenir from Abdul Yakub, witnessed by other distinguished guests.

MUKAH: Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg says Sarawak’s own style of politics has proven effective especially in maintaining unity in the state.

Speaking after officiating at the opening of the new Balingian Community Hall and also the launching of Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) Balingian here yesterday, he said Sarawak did not need to follow what was being practised in Peninsular Malaysia, where there was less unity among the people there than among the Sarawakians.

“Until today, we have our own political uniqueness and we do not need to follow other people’s way.

“The Bumiputeras in the peninsula are divided into five political parties, and this is one of the causes of disunity among the people,” he said.

According to him, maintaining peace and harmony in Sarawak is important to ensure political stability which, coupled with smooth implementation of development plans, would see Sarawak becoming the most developed state in Malaysia by 2030.

In his speech earlier, the Chief Minister gave his assurance that Balingian would continue to be developed under GPS and its leaders.

He said many development projects for Balingian were either being planned or currently being implemented, including new resettlement lots near Balingian Mosque; construction of a new district office; as well as the upgrading of the Resource Centre, mini-stadium, Matadeng Food Court, Tellian bypass road and Panakub Ulu bridge.

Those present at the event included Assistant Minister of Urban Development and Resources Datu Len Talif Salleh, Deputy State Secretary Datu Mohd Abu Bakar Marzuki, Murum assemblyman Kennedy Chukpai Ugon, Balingian assemblyman Abdul Yakub Arbi, Jemoreng assemblyman Datuk Dr Juanda Jaya, Telian assemblyman Yusibnosh Balo and Daro assemblyman Safiee Ahmad.