JULAU: The stellar track record of caretaker Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg and the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) state government under his stewardship is clear for all to see.
“You see my record after nearly four years as chief minister. Assess for yourself whether I’m right or wrong. My record speaks for itself.
“The rural areas are now equipped with good roads, treated water and electricity. We want to do more. That is why I need a fresh mandate from the people for me to pursue it.
“This is GPS, regardless of which component party, we come as a team – the Sarawak team and we will uplift the people, regardless of race and religion, we work together for the benefit of all,” he said.
He said this when officiating at the launch of the Julau section of the Pan Borneo Highway on Saturday (Nov 20).
Abang Johari said the completion of the Julau section of the highway is a testimony as well as a reminder to all Sarawakians to continue to unite and develop the state.
“Similar to how the intersection works, let GPS bring you towards the correct intersection and elevate Sarawak. This is my ardent hope,” he said.
At the same time, the chief minister thanked the federal government and Senior Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof for the implementation of the Pan Borneo Highway.
He also expressed his gratitude to the state and federal Public Works Department (JKR) for their collaboration which ensured the project was realised.
“The highway reminds me of the late Pehin Sri Adenan Satem where he often said Sarawak highways are not up to par.
“He said in Sarawak if we travel by road from Kuching to Limbang, we would have a backache. Now its fine. It’s very smooth and comfortable to travel on,” he said.
Abang Johari hoped with the highway for Julau, it will provide benefit to the agricultural sector, tourism as well as economic services.
“This means we can be a developed state with high income economy. With the increase in palm oil prices, I hope it will drive the agriculture sector,” he said.