Abang Johari speaking to SUPP delegates at the conference. Photo: Ramidi Subari

KUCHING: The upcoming Sarawak election is an affair of the state which does not need the involvement or interference of outsiders, said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

He said when the election comes it will be up to Sarawakians to determine the outcome and people from outside do not have to be involved.

“Sarawak is ruled by Sarawakians; we do not need to import people. What for? Not their problem. It is our problem. We tackle our own problem,” he said at the closing ceremony of Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) annual delegates’ conference and special convention at its headquarters here on Sunday.

As to the date of the election, he said he did not know yet.

“People have asked why hold the election during the Covid-19 pandemic? We have to face an election. In five to six months our time is up … no more mandate. So, we return to the people.

“Of course, the people’s health is important, but you have a very good government that manages the pandemic,” he assured.

Abang Johari, who is also Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) chairman said the Covid-19 would still be around until a vaccine is found, but that does not mean that the election must be postponed.

“Some people said do not hold the election, including the opposition. I was surprised they said no election.

“I don’t mind if they stop election, then GPS become the government all along. But GPS believes in the power of the people. We give back to the people, we are not afraid, because our policy is clear,” he said.