Abang Johari: Informed PM that Sarawak BN opposes RUU 355

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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

transformation plan”.


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

foreign visitors.”


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.