Trust Sarawakians

Never trust others who only come and go, says CM

KUCHING: Let’s learn to trust each other.

This is Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg’s Gawai message to Sarawakians.

Abang Johari

“As chief minister, this is my humble message to Sarawakians, and in particular our Dayak friends, in conjunction with this year’s Gawai celebration.

“Let us learn to trust our fellow Sarawakians more than we trust others who come and go.

“Not all may agree with what I say here but at the end of the day Sarawakians are left to fend for themselves,” he said.

He said whatever shortcoming as a group of people of a state, Sarawakians have to work it out among themselves in one way or another.

Abang Johari, who is chairman of Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS), said his government is resolutely determined to ensure that the rural areas are well-connected and well-served with facilities and amenities and their economic capacity expanded.

He said now that the state has money from the imposition of five per cent sales tax on oil and gas products for export, money so collected will be channelled back to the people in the form of infrastructural facilities.

“We are not perfect and not all our wants have been fulfilled. In the rural areas where the majority of our Dayak friends live, they still need roads, bridges, clean water, 24-hour electricity and Internet connection,” he said in his Gawai message.

He said Sarawakians must be united because unity will facilitate meeting the needs of the people and bringing state towards a developed status by 2030.

AN OCCASION TO COME TOGETHER… Gawai Dayak is the best time for people to return for gatherings at longhouses. Here, youth members of the Dayak community from the Iban, Bidayuh and Orang Ulu groups are hosting an open house in conjunction with the Harvest Festival. It is officially celebrated every June 1 as a tradition after the harvest season. Photo: Ghazali Bujang