Reject divisive politics

Abang Johari (front, second left) and other dignitaries during the Sarawak Day celebration.

KUCHING: The people should reject divisive politics at all costs as it could dampen the state’s economic development.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said a healthy political climate would allow the government’s plan to take shape and the state to succeed.

“No matter what the government plans, large allocations do not guarantee success if the political climate does not permit it.

“Political unrest and power struggles between political parties will cause instability to economic development.

“Foreign money will flow out and investors will certainly not invest in countries or states that are volatile in terms of the political climate,” he said.

Abang Johari said in conjunction with Sarawak Day, the people should strengthen their unity and preserve its harmony

“Let us keep the state away from politics that lead to division,” he said during the Sarawak Day celebration on Thursday (July 22).

In highlighting the importance of Sarawak Day, the chief minister paid homage to his predecessor, the late Pehin Sri Adenan Satem who declared July 22 as Sarawak Day to commemorate its significance.

“I sincerely hope that July 22 will continue to be the starting point to strengthen unity, harmony and a culture of mutual respect among the people of Sarawak of various races, ethnicities and religions.

“Today marks the 58th anniversary of the self-administration of Sarawak. Much has been achieved, but much more remains to be done,” he said.

He said it was the dream of Sarawakians for Sarawak to be a developed state and its people to earn high-incomes.

“I am very confident that we can achieve this dream by 2030 if we all work hard and focus on our goal of becoming a developed economy in the next nine years according to our own mould,” he said.