Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg

KUCHING: Although fulfilling the aspirations of all Sarawakians seems a tall order, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg believes Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) is up to the task.

He said efforts by the ruling coalition to unite all Sarawakians was exemplified when it insisted that Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) and Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) reconcile for the sake of unity despite their animosity.

“When they had a leadership crisis, we wanted them to reconcile for the sake of Chinese unity. However, it takes time as the crisis is too deep.

“The same thing also happened when Adenan (former Chief Minister Pehin Sri Adenan Satem) took over, it (the feud) dragged on until after his tenure.

“We know that it may take time for them to reconcile but unfortunately, that does not happen,” he said in an exclusive interview with New Sarawak Tribune on Thursday.

Abang Johari said for GPS, it was important that the Chinese participate in the state government which would also be a pillar of unity.

“But as far as we are concerned, we have GPS component parties, the idea is that there will be a common understanding between all races within the parties.

“This will then be a common platform for their aspirations. I have a feeling that the people are beginning to understand our struggle,” he said.