Abang Johari (sixth right) flanked by Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas (on his right) and Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian and other dignitaries.

KUCHING: Chinese leaders must not be left out of the state government in the fight to reclaim the state’s rights, said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

He explained that the administration, in fact, must comprise of various races as no one race can rule Sarawak alone.

“The Chinese must be together with us,” he reiterated.

To him unity is of paramount importance to development; hence the racial discord that often threatened to erupt in Malaya should not be allowed to occur in Sarawak.

“If we are not united, we will fall apart. You see over there (in Malaya), the Malays are divided five ways according to their affiliations with Umno, PAS, Amanah, PKR and Bersatu.

“The Chinese was also divided over there, and MCA lost support with only one MP in parliament. But the Chinese realised it and that was why they won a recent by-election,” he said while officiating at SUPP Sibu Chinese New Year celebration at Sibu Civic Centre on Saturday.

“They (DAP) pledged that they want to recognise the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC), so I ask you now, have they recognised UEC? No. Sarawak has recognised it and we are the only state to have a special unit for other religions,” he said.

Abang Johari (centre) cuts a cake at the SUPP Chinese New Year celebration. Photos: Nurhauni Lee Abdullah

The chief minister also pledged to help fund Chinese schools, continuing the work of his predecessor Pehin Sri Adenan Satem.

“Adenan started it. Every year we increase the aid by another million. Last year we gave RM8 million, this year will be RM9 million.

“If we have the money, then we will help. The Malays always say that if we help other people, then God will help us,” he said.

Abang Johari (sixth right) flanked by Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas (on his right) and Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian and other dignitaries.