State govt will work with fed­eral govt — Awang Ten­gah

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LAWAS: The state govern­ment will work with the Pakatan Hara­pan ( PH)-led fed­eral govern­ment but will monitor de­vel­op­ments that could im­pact the state, in­clud­ing al­lowance for long­house and vil­lage chiefs and fed­eral-funded pro­grammes.

In stat­ing this, Deputy Chief Min­is­ter Datuk Amar Awang Ten­gah Ali Hasan also said there were un­cer­tain­ties re­gard­ing other ar­eas such as funds for Ke­las Al- Qu­ran dan Fardhu Ain ( Kafa) pro­grammes and the salaries of its religious teach­ers.

He said although Sarawak is not part of the PH fed­eral govern­ment, many tasks and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties needed to be done jointly.

“We have to ac­cept our coun­try is now be­ing led by PH and this is the de­ci­sion made by the peo­ple.

“Although Sarawak is cur­rently an op­po­si­tion govern­ment, we will con­tinue to work with the PH-led govern­ment,” he said at a cer­e­mony to present Hari Raya Aidil­fitri do­na­tions to 67 mosques and surau in the dis­trict at Darul Ma’ Mur mosque yes­ter­day.

Among those present were Lim­bang Res­i­dent Ir Denny Ah­mad Fauzi and head of Lim­bang Baitul­mal Fund Ju­nidi La­mat.

Mean­while, Awang Ten­gah, who is also Sec­ond Min­is­ter of Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources and Min­is­ter of In­dus­trial and En­tre­pre­neur De­vel­op­ment, said Sarawak will con­tinue with the cur­rent lead­er­ship as a dig­ni­fied op­po­si­tion state govern­ment, adding there was noth­ing new about a state govern­ment be­ing in the op­po­si­tion to the fed­eral govern­ment as it was com­mon in de­vel­oped coun­tries.

“The fed­eral govern­ment has the con­sti­tu­tional re­spon­si­bil­ity to help the rakyat, in­clud­ing Sarawak,” he em­pha­sised.

He said Chief Min­is­ter Datuk Pat­inggi Abang Jo­hari Tun Openg would con­tinue to fo­cus on the in­ter­ests of the peo­ple of Sarawak to claim the rights of the state as stip­u­lated in the Malaysia Agree­ment 1963 (MA63).

He also said the state govern­ment would monitor the prom­ises made by PH in its elec­tion man­i­festo.

On an­other mat­ter, Awang Ten­gah, who is also the chair­man of Lawas Khairat Is­lam Lawas ( Lakhil), urged Mus­lims who have the means to be char­i­ta­ble to the poor and less for­tu­nate.

“We want Mus­lims, es­pe­cially dur­ing the Ra­madan month, to be more char­i­ta­ble in alms-giv­ing to poor peo­ple,” he said.

Awang Ten­gah (third left) pre­sent­ing do­na­tions from Lakhil to rep­re­sen­ta­tives of mosques and surau in Lawas for Ra­madan ac­tiv­i­ties.

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