CM: GPS govern­ment will fo­cus on wishes of Sarawakians

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KUCH­ING: The Sarawak govern­ment can now ad­just its ad­min­is­tra­tion in ac­cor­dance with the wishes and as­pi­ra­tions of the multi- eth­nic and mul­tire­li­gious pop­u­la­tion Sarawak with the for­ma­tion of Gabun­gan Parti Sarawak (GPS).

In his Hari Raya Aidil fitri mes sage yes ter­day, Chief Min­is­ter and GPS chair­man Datuk Pat­inggi Abang Jo­hari Tun Openg said the new coalition will en­hance forthright­ness in gov­er­nance through greater co­op­er­a­tion.

He called on all Sarawakians to work to­gether to pre­serve unity and har­mony, stress­ing that dif­fer­ences in opin­ion, po­lit­i­cal ide­ol­ogy, re­li­gion, and cul­ture should not be seen as a bar­rier to build­ing a more pro­gres­sive, peace­ful , and pros­per­ous Sarawak.

“Fol low­ing changes to the coun­try’s po­lit­i­cal land­scape, the Sarawak Barisan Na­sional com­po­nent par­ties have al­ready de­cided to quit the Barisan Na­sional coalition and com­bine forces in the Gabun­gan Parti Sarawak ( GPS).

“As chair­man of the Gabun­gan Parti Sarawak, I thank the Barisan Na­sional for the mu­tual un­der­stand­ing and co­op­er­a­tion that have been formed for so long. The move to cre­ate a new po­lit­i­cal plat­form in Sarawak is in line with the wishes and as­pi­ra­tions of the peo­ples of this state, who are of diverse re­li­gious and eth­nic back­grounds,” he said.

Abang Jo­hari said Sarawak would use its own funds with­out be­ing overly de­pen­dent on the fed­eral govern­ment to solve wa­ter sup­ply prob­lems.

“Steps taken so far are so­lu­tions on a short-term ba­sis. We plan to sup­ply clean wa­ter through­out Sarawak through a grid from our ex­ist­ing hy­dro­elec­tric­ity dams, which is a long- term plan,” he said.

He pointed out that the lack of clean wa­ter sup­ply is a ma­jor prob­lem af­fect­ing Sarawakians, par­tic­u­larly those liv­ing in coastal ar­eas such as Kabong, Dalat, Malu­dam, Asa­jaya, Sadong Jaya, Se­ban­gan, and Se­buyau.

“Al­ham­dul li­lah, the wa­ter sup­ply in Kabong has been re­stored. Tem­po­rary steps such as sup­ply­ing wa­ter tanks and send­ing wa­ter tankers to the ar­eas have been im­ple­mented to en­sure there is enough wa­ter for them to use dur­ing this fes­tive oc­ca­sion,” he said.

Abang Jo­hari also pledged that ru­ral ar­eas would con­tinue to be given se­ri­ous at­ten­tion de­spite the on­go­ing pur­suit to strengthen Sarawak’s econ­omy.

“Pro­grammes to en­sure all cit­i­zens in the state are able to en­joy suf­fi­cient wa­ter sup­ply, as well as roads and bridges to fa­cil­i­tate move­ment of peo­ple will be the main agenda of the state govern­ment in the short term and also long term,” he said.

He also called on Sarawakians to con­tinue the tra­di­tion of hold­ing and vis­it­ing open houses to pre­serve the spirit of good­will and broth­er­hood.

Abang Jo­hari will hold his Aidil­fitri open house at the Bor­neo Con­vent ion Cen­tre Kuch­ing ( BCCK) on first and sec­ond day of Aidil­fitri from 10am to 4pm.

Datuk Pat­inggi Abang Jo­hari Tun Openg

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