By Clement Erik Wong & Alverdtekoster Anyap
Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg celebrated his fifth anniversary as Sarawak’s chief executive officer yesterday.
Currently serving his second term after leading Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) to a landslide victory in the recent state election, Abang Johari seeks to take Sarawak to greater heights.
With numerous initiatives and development plans implemented in the state since he took office in 2017, he has given assurance that there are many more to come to turn Sarawak into a high-income state by 2030.
At the same time, he has made sure that he is seen as chief minister for all races whose religious choices and freedom shall be attended to and protected.
In all of these and more, he has strong support from his colleagues and supporters, thus leading to political stability and unity of the state’s multi-ethnic constituents.
So on the anniversary of his chief ministership, a number of state leaders and other prominent politicians have expressed their support and wished him well, saying they want him to continue leading the state.
DATUK SERI LEE KIM SHIN
Transport Minister, Senadin assemblyman
SUPP vice president
Sarawak is blessed to have a leader who has about 40 years of experience in the administration of the state. With the overwhelming support of the people, we can be assured of a strong and stable government that focuses on the interests, development, progress and well-being of Sarawak and its people under Abang Johari’s leadership. I wish our chief minister good health and be blessed with wisdom, perseverance, dedication and success in leading the state to attain greater success and bringing about a more progressive and stronger Sarawak.
LO KHERE CHIANG
Batu Kitang assemblyman
SUPP assistant publicity & information secretary
I congratulate him for his fabulous victory in the just-concluded state election. I have every confidence in him and hope that under his leadership Sarawak will prosper in the years to come, economically and physically. Congratulations and happy fifth anniversary, CM Abang Johari.
DATUK Dr PENGUANG MANGGIL
The chief minister has done a great job and I certainly hope that he will continue to lead Sarawak for the next five years and many more years to come and to pursue and fulfill his agenda of making Sarawak a high-income state by 2030.
DATUK HENRY HARRY JINEP
For the past five years, Abang Johari has been proving himself as a leader in the new digital era in which people are expecting Sarawak to become a developed region by 2030. We pray that he will be blessed with good health and high wisdom.
DATUK SERI WAN JUNAIDI TUANKU JAAFAR
Abang Johari is an exemplary leader. I wish him good health, strong resolve to continue his mission and vision until 2030 in order to turn Sarawak into a developed state with high income and balanced rural-urban development. He must ensure that Sarawak continue as a shining example of integration, social and religious acceptance and tolerance.
DATUK GERALD RENTAP JABU
PBB Youth chief
I wish him a happy fifth anniversary as chief minister. And I have high praise for him for his leadership that has resulted in a big win for GPS in the just-concluded state election. His inclusive development policies backed by revenue re-engineering have proven that the development plans benefit all Sarawakians. His vision and emphasis on the digital economy, hydrogen initiatives, education, training and environmental sustainability set the foundation for a stable, prosperous and united Sarawak. Congratulations good sir and may God protect Sarawak.
DATUK SNOWDAN LAWAN
PRS Youth chief
I wish our chief minister continued good health and wisdom for years to come. He has been an exemplary leader steering our state with countless initiatives all for the benefits of our rakyat. A tireless and inquisitive advocate of financial re-engineering, our chief minister had our financial pillars strengthened making our past few years budget reaching 10s of billions materialised and we are self-reliant. His passionate support for UNIFOR has seen our state and people bind as a model for true and enhanced unity in diversity. His stable stewardship steers us forward.
DATUK SERI ABDUL KARIM RAHMAN HAMZAH
The leadership of our chief minister has brought our state and people to greater heights in terms of achieving the development agenda and to establish Sarawak as a developed state in 2030. His vision and experienced leadership have motivated us to continue working together in achieving the desired development goals and to deliver what the GPS state government has promised to our local folks. The few years of his leadership, our chief minister had also provided clarity of purpose among our state representatives while motivating and guiding our leaders to close ranks in realising people-centric aspirations.
DATUK SERI FATIMAH ABDULLAH
PBB Women chief
To our great leader — a visionary, a leader for all, excellent economist, a maverick at revenue re-engineering, proven great capability, credibility and integrity as number one leader, bringing Sarawak to great heights, making its rakyat proud to be an anak Sarawak, May Allah grant him continuous good health, wisdom, intelligence, compassion, empathy and humility.
DATUK SERI DORIS SOPHIA BRODIE
PRS Women chief
Here’s wishing our beloved chief minister the pinkest of health and may he be abundantly blessed with continuous wisdom; possesses intuit and initiative to overcome whatever challenges there may be for the betterment and progression of our fair land Sarawak. His five-year stint deserves a good applause. Being visionary and having the courage to execute the decisions that he believes are right had also brought a sound victory to GPS in the just concluded state polls. May he continue to lead in fairness and compassion. Happy fifth anniversary as our chief minister, sir.