Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi

KUCHING: Umno’s recent decision not to formally join the Perikatan Nasional (PN) coalition does not affect Sarawak, said Assistant Minister of Utilities (Water Supply) Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi.

Abdul Rahman, who is also the Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department (Islamic Affairs and Kuching North City Commission) added, “It is the right of the Umno leadership for the benefit of the people.”

He was commenting on the announcement by Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi  who added that Umno would instead strengthen  Muafakat Nasional (MN) with Pas and Barisan Nasional (BN) parties.

On the dissolution of the Sabah State Assembly (DUN), Abdul Rahman said, ”Let the Sabah leaders decide what’s best for their own good.

“I am confident that Sabah leaders can make good decisions for the sake of their people.”

The assistant minister was interviewed after the Sarawak Islamic Council Qurban Year 1441H / 2020M at Dewan Hikmah on Friday (Jul 31).

He pointed out that the  Sarawak government was currently  focusing on the development of the state instead of ceaselessly politicking.

Sarawak, he said, was able to develop based  on its own mould after the establishment of Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) led by local leaders.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg emphasised efforts to accelerate the development of the state so that it was on par with other states in West Malaysia, he added.

“When we get the right to lead the state completely, we always strive to develop all corners of the state, especially the basic facilities.

“The Sarawak government is also focusing on the development of rural areas and the provision of basic facilities for the people.  It aims to supply water and electricity to every household by 2025,” he said.