"This is our fight and we should not be afraid as we are sincere, fact is fact." – Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg

KUCHING: Opposition parties have been chastised for taking cheap shots at Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) through instigations and slanders on social media. They should instead debate issues based on facts alone.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said GPS has nothing to fear in answering the insinuations brought by its opponents as it is sincere in helping the people.

“Back then the opposition attacked Douglas (Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas), speaking on the rights of Dayaks, I told Douglas to fight them head on.

“He (Uggah) brought his accuser to court and he won as he was sincere. This is our fight and we should not be afraid as we are sincere, fact is fact,” he said when officiating at the Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) mini convention in Betong on Saturday.

Abang Johari said the state government was sincere in fighting for the Dayaks through resolving the Pemakai Menoa and Pulau Galau (PMPG) which was the wish of the late Pehin Sri Adenan Satem.

“We have done so through an amendment to the Sarawak Land Code (SLC). We recognise PMPG as native customary rights (NCR),” he said.

Abang Johari said the state government was also sincere in giving land to the people, be they Dayaks, Malays or Melanau.

The chief minister also took a shot at an opposition leader who publicly criticised the state government’s policy on NCR land but benefitted privately by the policy after obtaining the land titles to his land.

“He didn’t tell anyone when he accepted the land titles, but he carried on to instigate others to condemn the state government.

“But we in PBB, we will continue to fight for the people. If the mandate is returned to GPS, Sarawak will be a better state than it is now.

“I am confident because I know what I am doing and we know what we are doing, we have the direction and as long as we are here, we will fight on,” he said.