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China Press, 15 Mac 2017
(Kuching 14 Mac) Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari reiterates that the
Sarawak Barisan Nasional opposes the amendment bill of RUU 355. Prime Minister
Datuk Seri Najib has been officially conveyed of Sarawak BN’s stand.
Abang Johari, who is also Sarawak BN chairman, revealed that he has convened a
meeting with Sarawak BN MPs in Kuala Lumpur yesterday (13/3), instructing them to
oppose RUU 355.
He said Sarawak is a multi-racial and multi-religious community, all ethnic groups
respect each other and would not support RUU 355 in parliament.
Yet to received report to deport North Korean workers
Abang Johari chaired the ceremony of civil servants’ free from corruption pledge in a
hotel in Kuching today. Accompanied by Deputy Chief Minister of Sarawak Datuk Seri
Douglas, state secretary Tan Sri Mohamad Morshidi and Sarawak local government
minister Datuk Sim Kui Hian, the chief minister made the statement at a press
It is learned that PAS president Datuk Seri Hadi Awang has tabled a motion to table the
private member’s bill RUU 355 in Dewan Rakyat. Sarawak BN opposes the bill. Abang
Johari stresses that Sarawak BN’s stand on opposing RUU 355 is firm.
In addition, Abang Johari declined to comment on reply of Deputy Prime Minister Datuk
Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi that he has informed the state government to expel 50 North
Korean workers whose work permits have expired. Abang Johari said he has yet to
receive the report.
On the other hand he said that Sarawak state government would spend RM1 billion to
upgrade the internet facilities in Sarawak to international standard. The upgrading of
internet facilities requires four to five years to complete. By then the internet service
covers the entire state.
Chief Minister: Continue with the late Adenan’s wish on autonomy claim
Sarawak Chief Minister Abang Johari stressed that development in Sarawak is far
behind than the Peninsular. In order to catch up, Sarawak state government would need
to claim the autonomy enjoyed by the state enshrined in the Malaysia Agreement 1963
from the Federal Government, and this is something which could not be compromised.
He said he would continue with the late Adenan Satem’s wish to seek autonomy from
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib and the federal government; however, it is not a
He spoke with determination that when his late father Tun Openg represented Sarawak
then and Najib’s late father Tun Razak acted for Malaya to sign on the Malaysia
Agreement, hence both Najib and him are to safeguard the content of Malaysia
Agreement. Otherwise, they are “not filial sons”.
He is glad that Najib agrees on this point and state that the Malaysia Agreement would
be respected. Both Sarawak and Sabah are entitled to its autonomy respectively. More
administrative powers would be decentralized. However, time is needed to pursue the
matter as the Federal Constitution has to be amended.
Abang Johari chaired the declaration of “Corruption Free Pledge” of Sarawak civil
servants today. In his speech, he stressed the importance of ethics and all Sarawak civil
servants are to be away from corruption for the state to move in line with “2050 national
He stressed that the economic development in Sarawak can no longer rely on
agriculture only but to head towards a diversified economic development including
industry, tourism, education and basic facilities such as development of roads and
internet. Without more administrative power, development would be difficult to have full
Two months after assuming the position as Sarawak Chief Minister, Abang Johari met
civil servants of various departments in Sarawak for the first time. He reminded all of
them to be responsible and not to be involved in corruption. About 1,500 civil servants
from Sarawak attended the ceremony to pledge.
Acquire Bakun Dam at a reasonable price
Abang Johari also pointed out that the Sarawak state government would purchase
Bakun Dam from federal government at a reasonable price. The negotiation was not
easy and the entire process of takeover has to be transparent.
He said the opposition attempted to raise the issue against the state government for
purchasing the dam from federal government to mislead the people. The Sarawak state
government is not worried as the acquisition of Bakun Dam benefit Sarawakians. The
state would be the largest hydropower supplier in Borneo.
“After Sarawak state government buys over Bakun Dam, it will develop the dam into a
famous tourism spot by developing the lake and natural scenes to attract local and
On the other hand, he has instructed all businesses involving in timber to replant the
forests as a means to protect the eco-system of nature. These timber tycoons have
agreed to do so. Sarawak forestry department officers would need to monitor.
The chief minister also stressed that civil servants from various departments have their
respective duties under the government machinery. The administrative of the
government can only be effective with the operation of an effective machine.