Abang Johari: Sarawakian ‘hybrids’ answer to racial issue (Video)

Posted on : 13 Jan 2020  Source of News: The Borneo Post

KUCHING: Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg hopes that mixed marriages would continue in Sarawak as he believes that ‘Sarawakian hybrids’, who are the product of this union, could prevent racism from threatening the state’s political stability.

He said recently that bigotry, extremism and racism remained the main threats for Sarawak.

“(Sarawak would remain politically stable) unless you have extreme bigots coming. That is my answer – bigots.

“But we are moderate people. The time will come, that racial issue won’t be there anymore, because of the ‘hybrid’ Sarawakians,” he said during a special meeting with the press, held in connection with his third anniversary as Sarawak’s sixth chief minister.

Abang Johari said Sarawakians of ‘hybrid’ descent would not face any racial issue, given their multi-racial background.

Citing an example, he said a ‘hybrid Sarawakian’ – possibly one with an Iban father and a Malay mother – would not have any issue with the Malays and the Ibans because he or she had roots in both cultures.

“When you are of a mixed marriage, you want to criticise a race but your mother is of that race. You want to criticise this race, your father is of this race. So you will restrain yourself. You will not be bothered by the racial issues because of that,” said Abang Johari.

With that, he expressed his hope for Sarawakians to continue their harmonious practices, especially mixed marriages.

Looking ahead, Abang Johari said the only way to face challenges getting in the way of Sarawak’s journey towards becoming a developed state by 2030, would be “to face them with confidence and manage the challenges properly”.

“You must have your self-confidence because, you see, when you have a certain ambition, surely there are challenges in front – some are obvious, some are not.

“Along the way, there are bound to be challenges, but that is the risk you have to take. Once you have those challenges, then you have to manage them properly,” he said.

Looking back on the 1987 Ming Court Affair, Abang Johari said apart from managing challenges properly, the party leadership also dealt with it with confidence and with sincerity.

“Because if you’re too obsessed, that’s where the problem would arise. You would not be able to control yourself, you’re too obsessed – ‘I want to get this, I must get it’.

“Then along the way, you would have problems,” he added.

The Ming Court Affair was an alleged coup involving Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) and other Barisan Nasional (BN) Sarawak component parties in 1987, following a dispute between former Head of State Tun Abdul Rahman Yakub and the then-chief minister Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib, over the control of the state government and its resources.

Abdul Rahman and his group had tabled a motion of no confidence against Taib.

Because of that, the Sarawak State Legislative Assembly was dissolved, and the state election was held that year, where Taib managed to retain his chief minister’s post.

Abang Johari said along the journey for Sarawak to become the most developed state by 2030, the challenges along the way would be inevitable, but they must be dealt with.

“Maybe I won’t reach 2030. But we have to groom the future leaders who would take over. Maybe they have better ideas. You cannot be static, and I cannot be selfish and (only) look after myself – no.

“Because you do not know the future – that’s one of the challenges. Of course, you have your target there, but then you’d never know what would happen in the future,” he said.