Julaihi hands over the PBB Betong zone resolution to PBB president Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg while from left Beting Maro assemblyman Razali Gapor, Datuk Amar Awang Asfia Nasa, Datuk Amar Douglas Unggah Embas, Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan, Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof and others look on. Photo: Ghazali Bujang

BETONG: Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Betong Zone has given full mandate to Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg to lead the party in the coming state election to ensure continuity of prosperity and development in Sarawak.

PBB vice-president Datuk Julaihi Narawi said the delegates from the Betong Zone also expressed their desire for Abang Johari to stay on as chief minister.

“We are fully behind the chief minister in his bid to defend Sarawak’s rights as enshrined in Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).

“We fully support the Sarawak government’s efforts to strengthen the agricultural sector through the use of the latest technology to increase productivity of agriculture and fisheries, especially foodstuff (stockpiles) in the long term as well as for export.

“We also support the amendment to the Sarawak Land Code which protects Bumiputera rights such as native customary rights (NCR) as well as giving recognition and force of law to the native territorial domain,” he said.

He was presenting a motion gathered from delegates at the PBB special convention here on Saturday (Sept 26).

Julaihi said PBB Betong Zone also supported efforts by the state government to strengthen the level and quality of education in Sarawak.

He said the efforts are done through improving and building more early childhood education centres, building international schools in rural areas, building more colleges or university training centres in rural areas, intensifying recruitment of Sarawakian teachers to serve in the state, and enhancing efforts to provide initial assistance to underprivileged students furthering their studies through Yayasan Sarawak and related agencies to avoid dropping out due to financial constraints.

“We must also maintain the harmony of the diverse society, religion and culture through government policies such as the establishment of Unit for Other Religions (Unifor).

“Besides that, we support the efforts of the state government to intensify its assistance to the poor (B40) by providing more assistance such as affordable houses and lands including the Village Expansion Scheme (SPK) in rural areas with dense housing.

“We express our appreciation to the state government for the concern to Sarawakians by providing the Sarawakku Sayang Special Assistance (BKSS) during the movement control order (MCO) due to the Covid-19 pandemic,” he said.

“And endless gratitude for the state government for introducing the Fishermen’s Monsoon Season Aid (BMTN) initiative to fishermen in Sarawak affected by the monsoon season,” he added.