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’.
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 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 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.