Abang Johari (centre) with (from left) Faridah Osman, Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri, Rubiah Wang, Rosey Yunus, Datuk Amar Jamilah Anu, Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim, Datin Angelina Ujang, Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah, Datuk Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali and other PBB Women wing members posed for a photograph after the launch of 'Sarawak Kita Empun' (SKE). Photo: Ramidi Subari

CM hints return of something very valuable

KUCHING: Sarawak is set to get another commodity back after acquiring Bakun hydroelectric dam and the right to distribute natural gas, said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

However, he stopped short of announcing what the commodity actually is, saying that it was an announcement for another day.

He said that with the commodity returned to the state through its discussions with Putrajaya by its legal eagles, it would benefit the whole of Sarawak.

“We have taken back our gas, our water and electricity through the acquisition of Bakun Dam. There is, however, one more thing (we want to get back).

“I can’t tell you what that is yet, but it is worth more than the natural gas (that we have just acquired). Just pray for it,” he said while officiating at ‘Sarawak Kita Empun’ programme at PBB Headquarters, Jalan Bako here yesterday.

Abang Johari said he would do everything in his power to get back the commodity as it rightly belongs to Sarawak.

“Just let Nancy (Batang Sadong MP Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri), Hasidah (Law, State-Federal Relations and Project Monitoring Assistant Minister Datuk Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali) and our state attorney-general to fight on our behalf.

“God willing, we will win. If we get that (commodity)… (chuckles). But we have to win the state election first,” he said.

It is widely speculated that the commodity meant by the chief minister is Sarawak’s rights to Bintulu Port ever since he assigned the ports development portfolio to his deputy, Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing.

State leaders have spoken out about getting back Bintulu Port since last year, with Masing himself confirming the move back in September last year.

State Legislative Assembly (DUN) speaker Datuk Amar Mohd Asfia Awang Nassar argued in the same month that the state legislature has neither relinquished Sarawak’s rights over Bintulu Port nor has it consented to its establishment.

Citing that the Sarawak’s Port Authorities Ordinance 1961 was never repealed, Asfia was quoted as having said: “Bintulu Port is ours although it has been declared by Parliament that it’s a federal port. We want to state our legal and constitutional position first. About the next step, we’ll see”.

Abang Johari (centre) with (from left) Faridah Osman, Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri, Rubiah Wang, Rosey Yunus, Datuk Amar Jamilah Anu, Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim, Datin Angelina Ujang, Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah, Datuk Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali and other PBB Women wing members posed for a photograph after the launch of ‘Sarawak Kita Empun’ (SKE). Photo: Ramidi Subari