MIRI: Sarawakians are urged to preserve the unity and prosperity enjoyed today and to ensure political stability.
Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said the racial polarisation and constant politicking in Malaya must be viewed as a lesson for locals.
“Sarawak is fortunate (to have done well), but we must take good care (of Sarawak) as mentioned by the late Pehin Sri Adenan Satem (former chief minister).
“We are the last frontier of racial harmony, no polarisation and no extremism,” he said at the launch of the Miri City Hall here on Monday (Nov 15).
Dr Sim said Gabungan Parti Sarawak and component parties Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu, Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP), Parti Rakyat Sarawak and Progressive Democratic Party, have contributed to the stability in Sarawak.
“This is important as never in Malaysia have we seen the nation having four prime ministers in as many years.”
Dr Sim, who is also SUPP president, said this is problematic as it does not guarantee continuity in terms of infrastructure development in the state.
He said he had to go to three prime ministers to get the federal government to approve the construction of the cancer centre in the state but before the project took off, the leadership had changed.
Separately, he said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg was a chief minister for all Sarawakians, understanding the needs of the local councils and people of different backgrounds.
“We are fortunate as we have autonomy in terms of local government and immigration. This is crucial in managing the spread of Covid-19. This allowed us the power to make decisions.”
He also thanked Abang Johari for providing assistance to the people under the Sarawakku Sayang Special Assistance.