‘People our prime concern now’

Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg. Photo: Bernama

KUCHING: The Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) state government’s priority is bringing development to the state and its people instead of focusing on who should have the prime minister’s post, said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

“We are busy focusing on development. To me, that (prime minister’s post) is secondary,” he told reporters after officiating at the groundbreaking ceremony of the Jalan Sungai Maong to Segedup project at Lorong 10, Kampung Segedup, Batu Kawa yesterday.

Abang Johari, who is also the GPS chairman, acknowledged, however, the country needed a stable administration.

“Now, we are facing a lot of challenges. Firstly, Covid-19 and secondly, our economy. We really need a focused leadership to manage all these problems.

“So, why the need to bother about who will be the prime minister? If it is Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, he is already there (holding that post). So why bother?,” he asked.

Earlier in his speech, Abang Johari said those in Pakatan Harapan (PH) are busy grabbing the prime minister’s post.

“Even my name also got involved. There are also people wanting to meet me but for what? What we want is to develop the state. That’s all.

“Other people are so busy wanting to be the prime minister, never ending, enough already lah. Let’s put politics aside first. Our prime concern is our people now,” he said.

It was reported on June 19 that Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim failed to secure the support of Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) to be the prime minister.

Anwar was also reported by a Chinese daily to have been in Kuching to meet Abang Johari.

Sarawak PKR chief Larry Sng reportedly confirmed that Anwar visited the state last week.

“Yes, he (Anwar) came to Kuching and had a meeting with Abang Johari. But it was his private itinerary and had nothing to do with the party,” he said.

Sng also had no idea what the meeting was about.