Work must precede politics

Abang Johari

KOTA SAMARAHAN: Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg is adamant that work must come first before politics.

He said the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) state government is fully intent on realising Sarawak’s vision to become the most developed state in Malaysia by 2030.

“We are planning towards this direction. That is why we are not keen to play politics, we are too busy with governing the state.

“Here the people can see that we are not tussling for power or who gets to be chief minister. We are working to develop the state and ensure that the people can reap the benefit of development,” he said.

He said this when launching works to upgrade five roundabouts at the Kuching-Samarahan Expressway here on Saturday.

Abang Johari said Sarawak has been fortunate in not having to depend on the federal government to develop the state as it could fund its own infrastructure projects.

“Based on the provisions in the Constitution, we tried to increase our revenue. We imposed the State Sales Tax (SST) on our oil and gas products. When Petronas refused to pay, we brought them to court.

“In the end, the court decided in our favour and we won the case,” he said.

Abang Johari said with the additional annual income garnered by Sarawak to the tune of RM3 billion, it would be returned to the people in terms of better infrastructure and amenities.

“One year, we are getting RM3 billion. In five years, it will be RM15 billion. This has added to the state income and in the end the people will benefit from more developments,” he said.