LANDED PROPERTY…Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg (third row, centre, in white) celebrates with folks of Kampung Kudei Baru in Kuching after handing over land titles to 82 landowners yesterday. On his immediate left are Kuching North Commission mayor Junaidi Reduan and PBB Satok deputy chairman Ibrahim Baki. Photo: Ghazali Bujang

CM vows to defend state amidst threats of encroachment on state autonomy

KUCHING: Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg has vowed to protect the rights of Sarawak and its people.

He said he will not let the people of Sarawak down because if he does the consequence will be disastrous.

Speaking of an imminent threat by the federal government to encroach on matters under the state autonomy, Abang Johari said:  “If they (Pakatan Harapan) helm Sarawak, that will be the end of us. They will repeal our immigration autonomy and state laws.”

The chief minister said this at a ceremony to present land titles under Section 18 of the Sarawak Land Code to residents of Kampung Kudei Baru at PBB headquarters here yesterday.

On PH’s plan to implement the Village Community Management Councils (MPKK), Abang Johari said it is a clear attempt at divide and rule.

“If we are divided, the land that we own will be lost,” he warned, pointing out that Malaya is already disunited due to politics.

“I have to be honest. Malays in Malaya only realise this now. They are severely divided, look at what has happened to PTPTN? What about Bumiputera? How can you depend on Dr M (Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad) alone?

“It’s not that I am prohibiting them (from establishing the MPKK) but if we are broken apart because of it, we ourselves will be left to pick up the pieces.”

He vowed to take care of the state and continue the legacy of his predecessor Pehin Sri Adenan Satem.

Abang Johari (fourth right) watches as Patimah Kushairi, 78, donates her piece of land to Surau Al-Amin Kampung Kudei Baru represented by its chairman Musadad Sunbi (second right). Photo: Ghazali Bujang

“Pakatan Harapan is now busy (preparing for the state election). Everything that the state does is not right in their eyes.

“But then again, they have to remember the power to call for an election is in my hands. No need for it to be too near, we have a lot of development projects left to do.”

Abang Johari urged the people to remain united and lauded the resilience of the state’s unity, viewing that the people must remain undeterred with different sets of government at state and federal levels.

During the ceremony, he presented 59 land titles to 82 landowners from Kampung Kudei Baru.

Also present were DBKU mayor Datuk Junaidi Reduan, Land and Survey Department director Abdullah Julaihi, permanent secretary to the Ministry of Urban Development and Natural Resources Zaidi Mahdi and PBB Satok deputy chairman Ibrahim Baki.

LANDED PROPERTY…Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg (third row, centre, in white) celebrates with folks of Kampung Kudei Baru in Kuching after handing over land titles to 82 landowners yesterday. On his immediate left are Kuching North Commission mayor Junaidi Reduan and PBB Satok deputy chairman Ibrahim Baki. Photo: Ghazali Bujang