People’s agenda top priority, says CM

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg speaks during his address. Photo: Japen

MIRI: The agenda of the people must be put first and foremost, said Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

He said personal agendas must be set aside as it would interfere with ensuring the best delivery of services to the people.

“We in the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) state government, we have no personal agenda. Some other people are jumping from one party to the next – this is because they have their own personal agenda.

“They are not happy with one party and come out to form a new party, because their personal agenda is not being addressed,” he said when officiating at the launch of the Miri City Hall here on Monday (Nov 15).

“I have been in the party (Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu) for 40 years. Of course in politics, you sometimes have problems, sometimes here and there, but the principle must be there, because you are working for the people.

“But sometimes if you are not happy in the party, you form a new party, the present new Sarawak-based parties are these types of people. Maybe they don’t achieve their personal agenda.

“But rest assured, for me and the rest of my colleagues, it is the people’s agenda first, Sarawak first.”

Separately, Abang Johari said the state government, if returned to power, would continue the second phase of the Miri City Hall building.

“We will consider if I am still the chief minister and the state government is there. I managed to get State Sales Tax (SST) which increased (the state’s income) for the last three years.

“This means RM7 bln in additional income for Sarawak. This is extra funds. Of course we can do it (the second phase of the project) if we have the money and if you (Miri people) are united.”