Our money for our schools, CM insists

Posted on : 29 Jul 2019  Source of News: The Borneo Post

Abang Johari exchanges greetings with GPS members and supporters on his arrival for the launching ceremony.

SONG: The money which the Sarawak government is giving to the federal government under the loan repayment agreement to repair dilapidated schools must only be used for the state, stressed Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

The chief minister said the fact that the money is coming from Sarawak for a specific purpose means that it should not be channelled to other states.

(Seated, from left) Dr Sim, Uggah, Abang Johari and Tiong (right) watch as Masing waves a fowl over the ‘piring’ (offering) during a ‘miring’ ceremony.

“I said politics aside, we have to repair schools in (our) rural areas even though we have to pay in advance our loans using our money. But it (money) must be used for Sarawak. Don’t send the money to Kelantan, Melaka, Pahang or other states,” he said when officiating the launching of Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) Zone 11A, here yesterday.

On a separate matter, he reiterated that the Sarawak government will not compromise over the five per cent sales tax imposed on oil and gas products, saying the move will add at least RM3 billion to the state’s coffers.

Abang Johari strikes a gong to mark the launching of GPS Zone 11A, witnessed by GPS leaders.

At the same function, Abang Johari announced that sums of RM5 million and RM4 million will be allocated to build new markets in Kapit and Song, respectively.

He also said the Sarawak government has approved RM10 million to repair the plantation road connecting Ngemah and Song.

Among those present at the launching were deputy chief ministers Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah and Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Masing, GPS secretary-general Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi, Sarawak United People’s Party president Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian, Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah and Progressive Democratic Party president Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing.

Some 6,000 supporters attended the launching of GPS Zone 11A, which comprises Pelagus, Bukit Goram, Baleh and Katibas state constituencies.