Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg

KUCHING: Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg is unfazed over widespread talks of an impending state election.

He said, regardless of when the election is held, the most important thing for state leaders to do is to continue working for the people.

“There have been a lot of talks over the election. I myself don’t know when the election will be held, the most important thing now is that we do our work.

“Today I am able to come here with my friends and we are implementing a water supply project and the other day I went to Baleh, a project to generate our own electricity. This is so that we can develop the state systematically,” he said at a function to launch a water supply project in Sebuyau yesterday.

Abang Johari said Sarawak did not share the same obsession with folk in Malaya who were constantly tussling over the prime minister position.

“That is them, when they are fighting (on who gets to be prime minister), the states are not being well taken care of,” he said.

The chief minister said for Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS), it only wanted a stable federal government for the sake of the nation.

“We first supported Dr Mahathir (Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad), but he resigned. So, we tried to find other leaders and, in the end, we supported Muhyiddin (Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin),” he said.

The state must hold its election by June 2021 when the current mandate expires after winning handsomely in the 2016 state election.

Then Barisan Nasional (BN) Sarawak coalition won 72 out of 82 seats in a landslide victory. However, the coalition members comprising Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS), Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) and Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) withdrew from the coalition in 2018 after it was defeated in the 14th general election and formed Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS).