SAMARAHAN: Recently there were calls for all Malays to unite under one party.
This was revealed by no less than the Chief Minister Abang Johari Tun Openg himself.
In and of itself, there’s nothing wrong with the idea, but Abang Johari shot it down saying it was too late.
Why? The community has already been divided, he reasoned.
“And we don’t want Sarawakians to be divided further,” he said.
A commendable thought indeed which, unfortunately, is not what the Malaya-based parties worry too much about.
“When they come here, it means they want to divide us. We have to stand behind our party,” he told members of Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) at “Majlis Mesra Armada Pemuda PBB” at Samarahan Civic Centre yesterday.
He didn’t want them to just “stand behind the party”, but to also ride what he called “the wave of today’s politics together”.
He wanted them everybody to paddle in the same direction in order to “get over even the biggest wave” because “there are those who come to divide us and take the state from us”.
He was alluding to sentiments played by Pakatan Harapan (PH) to sway Sarawakians support away from the state government.
“The state is like a priceless pearl. We can’t let them take it away from us. We have to double down on our efforts along with the GPS to protect the state,” he said.
On the overwhelming show of support for him during the evening’s programme, the PBB president humbly played it down.
“I appreciate all of you showing your support for me, but I can’t protect Sarawak alone. The party must stand united,” he said.
“Only Sarawakians can take care of the state, and the late chief minister Pehin Sri Adenan Satem wanted us to take good care of Sarawak.”
Abang Johari called the PBB youth to not forget the contributions of leaders of yesteryears as they themselves prepare to take over the leadership in the future.
“We must not forget contributions made by Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud and the late Pehin Sri Adenan Satem,” he said, recalling his predecessors’ efforts to develop Samarahan.
“Samarahan presently is a testament of development by the state government backed by PBB. Today it is an intellectual hub due to the presence of major universities,” he said.
He also called on the youth leaders to give their input to the state government when drafting laws.
“PBB youth are future leaders who play a huge part in ensuring that Sarawak would be the most developed state in Malaysia by 2030.
“We will train our youth in terms of talent development. An example of that is the development of the Centre of Technical Excellence (Centexs) in Lundu in collaboration with Huawei.
“When we improve the infrastructure for learning, the future of our youth will be better. Your future will be different from ours as it has to grow together with technology.”
Abang Johari said while there will always be obstacles, he hoped that future youth leaders could step up and continue to underline the relevance of PBB as a party.
Also present at the gathering were Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas; PBB Youth chief and Layar assemblyman Gerald Rentap Jabu; DUN Speaker Datuk Amar Mohd Asfia Awang Nassar; Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah; Law, State-Federal Relations and Project Monitoring Assistant Minister Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali; PBB senior vice president and Petra Jaya MP Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof; PBB secretary-general and Kapit MP Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi; Samarahan MP Rubiah Wang; Muara Tuang assemblyman Datuk Idris Buang; Tanjung Datu assemblywoman Datuk Amar Jamilah Anu; and Tupong assemblyman Fazzrudin Abdul Rahman.