Abang Johari waves to the crowd of PBB members at the PBB mini convention in Betong on Saturday. Also seen are Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas and Datuk Seri Micheal Manyin. Photo: Ghazali Bujang

KUCHING: While some quarters are comfortable with political rhetoric and making empty promises, Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) is not having any of it, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said.

He said the goal of the state government is to chart the development of the state and make good on pledges made to the people.

“We don’t resort to rhetoric and we don’t make promises we can’t keep; instead we are putting the work in,” he said when officiating at Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) mini convention in Betong on Saturday.

Abang Johari said he made good on his words for Sarawak to be firmly in control of its own energy by acquiring Bakun three years ago, only months after assuming the chief minister position.

“Now we feel that it is time that we acquire the rights to our land and resources especially our oil and gas. During our last convention, I pledged that we will find a way to increase our income from oil and gas.

“After months of tussling and legal battle, we finally added over RM3 billion from State Sales Tax (SST) to our coffers,” he said.

The chief minister said GPS was focused on developing rural areas using the new development model which saw the simultaneous construction of nine bridges across the state.

“The area of Batang Lupar has two bridges, one in Triso and another in Sri Aman. Of course, the bridges will be toll-free, honouring the pledge of former chief minister the late Pehin Sri Adenan Satem,” he said.

On the construction of the Spaoh Airport, Abang Johari said the project remained a priority to the state government and that it was already tendered out to the contractors.

“We are also discussing acquiring airplanes — cargo and passenger for Spaoh. With the planes, it can also be a boon to the tourism industry here including the cottage industry and its handcrafts,” he said.