Need to groom young leaders for continuity

Abang Johari speaking during the launch of the “Le Tour De Restoration” (Greening Sarawak’s Campaign) for Bintulu Division level.

BINTULU: Younger people will have to be groomed to take over from present day leaders in time to come.

Grooming the right ‘trees’ is therefore important so that Sarawak can continue to be developed well, said Caretaker Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

He made the reference to trees when officiating at the launch of the “Le Tour De Restoration” (Greening Sarawak’s Campaign) for Bintulu Division level and the Drone Seeding Project held at the Taman Medan Bintulu Centre on Tuesday (Nov 9).

“It is important for Sarawak to have a government that cares and can look after its people,” he said, stressing the need to nurture new and young leaders to succeed the older leaders one day.

But in the same vein, he reiterated that Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) was not afraid of the implementation of Undi18, pointing to the fact that the government had amended the State Constitution to lower the minimum age to become an elected representative from 21 to 18.

“What we are afraid of is Covid-19. We do not know what other variants will emerge. Nobody knows and nobody can guarantee us what will happen.

“The situation subsided before the Delta variant arrived at our shores. And now that the situation is slightly better, we give the mandate to the people to decide.

“We must have a government that has a mandate from the people. On the matter of being afraid or not, I only fear Covid-19 and that there may be another new variant,” said Abang Johari.