Abang Johari (fifth left) officiates the PBB Northern Region Mini Convention while (from left) Telang Usan assemblyman Dennis Ngau, PBB Vice President Datuk Seri Dr Stephen Rundi Utom, PBB permanent chairman Datuk Amar Mohamad Asfia Awang Nassar, PBB deputy president Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, PBB deputy president cum organising chairman of the event Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hassan, PBB senior vice president Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusuf, PBB secretary-general Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi, Lambir assemblyman Ripin Lamat and others look on. Photo: Mohd Alif Noni

MIRI: People in the hinterlands of Sarawak will see more development projects come their way with five more years of Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) administration.

In stressing this, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said through the Highland Development Agency (HDA), the northern region of Sarawak will be developed.

“When the people want to go to Marudi from Miri, they have to use a ferry. Penguang (Marudi assemblyman Datuk Dr Penguang Manggil) asked for a bridge to be built, I said we will build it.

“While the bridge is being built, the people of Baram also asked for a road leading to Long Panai, Baram up to outside of Mulu.

“God willing, if you give me the votes, after the next election, I will deliver it to you” he said when officiating at Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) mini convention in Miri earlier today (Sept 5).

Abang Johari said a developed northern region would be a boon to tourism in the area as it is home to various tourist attractions.

“From an economic standpoint, Limbang and Lawas have lots of potential. We will develop Lawas. It is said that there is oil in Limbang and Lawas.

“We want to tap that potential. That is why we have the Oil Mining Ordinance (OMO). We will give it to Petroleum Sarawak Berhad (Petros) to see whether there is oil there. I believe there is (oil),” he said, adding that there is a suggestion to build an oil refinery in Lawas.

The chief minister said under the Northern Region Development Agency (NRDA), the state government will fund the construction of an airport in Lawas.

“There was an elected representative from the northern region who said he would build a hospital and an airport in Lawas. But all remained an empty promise,” he said in a veiled jab at Ba’Kelalan assemblyman Baru Bian.

“People also said that I am making false promises when I wanted to build the Spaoh airport. Let them see for themselves when the construction of the airport starts,” he said.