Abang Johari (centre) at the launch of the Luban Ulu telecommunications tower with (from left) Betong Resident Friday Belik, Betong MP Datuk Robert Lawson Chuat, Pantai Damai assemblyman Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Unggah Embas, Sarawak Multimedia Authority general manager Dr Zaidi Razak, Kemena assemblyman Datuk Seri Dr Stephen Rundi ak Utom, Tan Sri Datuk Seri Abang Hj Khalid Tan Sri Abang Hj Marzuki and Layar assemblyman Gerald Rentap.

KUCHING: Betong people are urged to re-elect Deputy Chief Minister and Bukit Saban assemblyman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas in the coming state election.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg in making this call said a landslide win for Uggah as well as other Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) candidates would allow the state to have a bigger voice in negotiating with Putrajaya.

“If we are strong, then we can negotiate with Kuala Lumpur as they would be forced to listen to what we want.

“If we are weak, then they would have no reason to entertain our demands,” he said when officiating at the launch of a telecommunication tower in Luban Ulu, Betong on Saturday (Sept 26).

Abang Johari assured that if the mandate is given to the GPS, the coalition would work to transform Sarawak into one of the most developed states in Malaysia in terms of technology, agriculture and infrastructure.

“All the development we have done is for the people and the telecommunications infrastructure we launched here today is also for the people,” he said.

The chief minister also reminded people not to fall into the trap of constant politicking which is happening in Malaya as well as Sabah.

“What we want is food on the table for the people so they can sustain themselves and their families. If you see what is going on in Sabah, it is because of the jostling for the chief minister’s position.

“That’s why they are going to cast their votes today (Saturday). That is why there is an election despite the Covid-19 pandemic,” he said.

Abang Johari said GPS being a responsible state government will continue to focus on rural development.

“There must be proper etiquette in politics. When the time comes for us to work, we must work. If the mandate is given by the people, then work for the people.

“When the election comes, then contest; leave it to the people to decide. But the most important thing is that the people must come first,” he said.