GPS state govt ready to work with PH federal govt, Abang Johari reiterates

Posted on : 11 Mar 2019  Source of News: The Borneo Post

Abang Johari (left) performs the earth breaking ceremony for the Luban Ulu telecommunications tower. Also seen are Uggah (second left), Dr Sim (fourth left) and others.

BETONG: The Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) state government is always ready to cooperate with the Pakatan Harapan (PH) federal government, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg reiterated today.

He said this is in the overall interest of the state development and progress.

“But if their policies are bad for us, we will fight,” he said at a Leaders-With-The People session at the community hall in Spaoh, here,

The event was also attended by Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, Education, Science and Technological Research Minister Dato Sri Micheal Manyin Jawong and Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian.

Having said that, Abang Johari said it is best for Sarawak to be ruled by local leaders from local-based parties.

“In this way, we can work out and implement our own development policies and plan with minimum interference or having to go through consensus like when we were formerly with the Barisan Nasional, he added.

“We can then continue fighting for the return of the state fights started by the late Chief Minister Pehin Sri Adenan Satem. The GPS government’s policy is always to prioritise Sarawak and its people,” he said.

Uggah (left) briefing Abang Johari (centre) on the new development plan for Betong Division.

Meanwhile, Abang Johari gave his assurance that he would deliver all promises made.

“I will deliver with the help of my colleagues whatever promises made. I am not a liar. Lying is a sin and I do not want to be questioned over unfulfilled promises or lying in the afterlife,” he stressed.

Abang Johari asked the people to give the state government time to implement the projects as any big development projects will need careful planning before they can be implemented.

“There is no element of hank-panky as we have also engaged the MACC (Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission) to work with us,” he said.

On his two-day visit to the Betong Division, he said it was to see problems on the ground in the effort to serve the people well, adding that the division has great potential for modern agriculture.

He said the government will develop all necessary infrastructure, which include an airport near Spaoh and enhancing the digital infrastructure where 39 telecommunications towers will be built for better connectivity.

At the function, Abang Johari announced approval of a number of projects to be implemented in Spaoh.

They included a sports complex costing RM14 million, Sungai Spaoh Waterfront beautification project costing RM6.4 million, a RM4.6 million new sub-district office, a new steel truss bridge crossing the Paku River costing RM5.7 million and a RM35 million Surie/Turie Road.

Later, Abang Johari also visited Luban Ulu near Spaoh, where he performed the earth breaking ceremony for a telecommunication tower.

The tower, which costs about RM1 million, is a project of the Sarawak Multimedia Authority.

Speaking at the function, he said the state government plans to build 300 such towers statewide this year at a cost of RM1 billion.

“Then next year we will build another 300. This is our effort to transform the state where we stress on digital management and digital economy.”he added.