CM as­sures Chi­nese that he will be fair to all

The Borneo Post - - HOME - By Lian Cheng re­porters@the­bor­neo­post.com

KUCHING: Chief Min­is­ter Datuk Amar Abang Jo­hari Tun Openg as­sured the Chi­nese com­mu­nity that he is a chief min­is­ter who will be fair to all.

He gave the as­sur­ance when ad­dress­ing more than 1,000 Chi­nese who turned up at the Lundu Chi­nese New Year Cel­e­bra­tion at Lundu Chung Hua Hall on Wed­nes­day evening.

“I can as­sure you that as your chief min­is­ter, I will be fair to all,” he said.

He re­vealed that the new eco­nomic plan that he is work­ing on for Sarawak will in­volve all races, in­clud­ing the Chi­nese com­mu­nity.

“Give me time. I will an­nounce a new di­rec­tion of eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment which will be shared by all,” he said, with­out go­ing into de­tails.

Cit­ing a mosque and a church in Miri that are lo­cated side by side and shar­ing their park­ing ar­eas as an ex­am­ple, Abang Jo­hari said Sarawak is a state where peo­ple of dif­fer­ent eth­nic back­grounds and reli­gions en­joy cul­tural and racial har­mony - cel­e­brat­ing each other’s dif­fer­ences and en­joy­ing each other’s fes­ti­vals.

“Such racial har­mony and in­te­gra­tion has not only be­come the strength of Sarawak, it is also an at­trac­tion to tourists vis­it­ing Se­matan/ Lundu, an area which

Such racial har­mony and in­te­gra­tion has not only be­come the strength of Sarawak, it is also an at­trac­tion to tourists vis­it­ing Se­matan/Lundu, an area which will be de­vel­oped into a tourist cen­tre.

will be de­vel­oped into a tourist cen­tre,” he pointed out.

On mat­ters re­lated to the fed­eral gov­ern­ment, he re­it­er­ated that as long as he is the chief min­is­ter, he would not al­low Umno to en­ter the state.

“Let Sarawak be run by Sarawakians,” he stressed.

Abang Jo­hari also promised that he would con­tinue to pur­sue Sarawak’s rights as en­shrined in the Malaysia Agree­ment, 1963.

“What is lost to the fed­eral we must get it back. We don’t want any­thing ex­tra but only the power that has been lost es­pe­cially dur­ing the 22 years when some­one tried to cen­tralise power in Pu­tra­jaya.

“Now we want power lost to Pu­tra­jaya to come back to Pe­tra Jaya,” he em­pha­sised.

He thus called on the Chi­nese vot­ers to turn up to sup­port Datin Pat­inggi Datuk Amar Jami­lah Anu so that she wins with a

Datuk Amar Abang Jo­hari Tun Openg, Chief Min­is­ter

big ma­jor­ity to show Sarawak’s strength.

“On Feb 18, go and vote for Datuk (Amar) Jami­lah to show that Sarawak is strong. If not, it would be dif­fi­cult for BN to win big. Sarawak must re­main strong and the fed­eral gov­ern­ment will recog­nise the strength of Sarawak,” he told the crowd.

The Tan­jong Datu by- elec­tion is a three- cornered fight be­tween Jami­lah, State Re­form Party Sarawak ( STAR) can­di­date Johnny Aput and Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak Baru ( PBDS Baru) can­di­date Rapel­son Richard Hamit.

Mean­while, Abang Jo­hari also pledged a clean gov­ern­ment void of cor­rup­tion as proven by his in­vi­ta­tion to Malaysian Anti Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion to wit­ness the swear­ing in of his cabi­net.

“I fear God. God has al­lowed me to be­come a chief min­is­ter. So I must be fair,” he pledged.

In re­sponse to the re­quest of event or­gan­iser coun­cil­lor Chen Chung Yee, Abang Jo­hari an­nounced an al­lo­ca­tion of RM300,000 to make up for the fund short­age faced by Lundu Chung Hua Pri­mary School in its re­cent up­grad­ing projects.

Present were Se­cond In­ter­na­tional Trade and In­dus­try Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan, Nat­u­ral Re­sources and En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter who is also BN Tan­jong Datu by- elec­tion op­er­a­tion di­rec­tor Datuk Seri Wan Ju­naidi Tuanku Jaa­far, SUPP pres­i­dent and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Min­is­ter Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian and other as­sis­tant min­is­ters as well as SUPP as­sem­bly­men.

Abang Jo­hari (sixth left) lead­ing the dig­ni­taries at­tend­ing Lundu Chi­nese New Year Cel­e­bra­tion at Lundu Chung Hua Hall on Wed­nes­day evening to wish the Chi­nese com­mu­nity in Lundu ‘Happy Chi­nese New Year’.

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