Abang Jo dismisses slanderous allegation

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg. Photo: Nazmi Suhaimi

BINTULU: Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg has dismissed allegations that he does not want the Dayaks to be in Sarawak.

“In this digital era, people can send photos via social media platforms, and it can also be used to create slander.

“I saw someone make an untrue statement about me. The statement said I did not want the Dayak community.”

He said that those involved had twisted his words where instead he said he did not want outsiders (political parties) to disturb Sarawak and let Sarawakians take care of themselves.

“This is slanderous. And only God knows the truth,” he said at a dinner with local leaders at Parkcity Everly Hotel here on Tuesday night.

On another note, the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) chairman reminded his comrades in the party to remain united to serve the people.

“When the former chief minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud and former deputy chief minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu Numpang decided the late Tok Nan (Pehin Sri Adenan Satem) to be the chief minister. I supported his leadership and never fought for any post until today.

“Thank God our party (Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu – PBB) is not divided. And when my colleague Uggah (Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah) and the others chose me to take over after Tok Nan passed away.

“So, I must be fair to all, because I am the chief minister for all Sarawakians,” he said.

He stressed that in politics, the intention must be right, that is to serve the people and not be power crazy.

“If you fight, then it will be like the United Malays National Organisation (Umno), they are fighting among themselves (for power). Then, the people will get fed up. That is what happened in the Melaka election,” he said.

He added the people too did not accept the culture of political frogging, which was why there was a candidate who thought he could win but instead lost in the Melaka state polls.

“Even Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) also lost. So, what we can learn from this is that the people want a strong and stable government,” said Abang Johari.