Maintain existing peace and harmony, says Johari

MUKAH: The existing peace and harmony of people in Sarawak should be maintained at all costs.

Minister of Housing and Tourism Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg explained that this appealing condition had enabled the government to focus on developing the state and its people.

He added that such appealing situation was also seen among the political parties in the state Barisan Nasional (BN).

“If we are to bicker with each other like the opposition, that means we waste a lot of our time and energy which should be spent for something that can benefit the people and the state,” he said.

Johari recalled the smooth transition of the state leadership two years ago, whereby, all of them as the cabinet ministers and senior members in state BN welcomed the new Chief Minister with great anticipation and gratefulness.

“And if we can unite and being oneness in a matter like the transition of leadership, that means we can avoid any unnecessary hiccup. All of us supported Tan Sri Adenan Satem who was named as the Chief Minister then. The smooth transition was the fact that we placed the utmost important on developing the state and its peoples, instead of something that is individualistic in nature or anything considered as petty issue,” he said.

Johari was speaking at the earth breaking ceremony of the latest commercial centre here, Mukah Ria, yesterday morning.

He invited the people of Mukah and Sarawak in general to be always with the government in developing the state.

“The state government under the leadership of Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Haji Adenan Haji Satem or Tok Nan always cares about the plights of the people. That is why he came up with a number of initiatives to alleviate the burden of the people following the increase in cost of living due to various factors such as the GST (Goods and Services Tax) which is a federal matter, with the latest initiative being the abolishment of assessment rates of amount RM50 and below,” he said.

He attributed the rapid development that is taking place in Mukah to the farsighted vision of former Chief Minister and now Head of State Tun Pehin Sri Haji Abdul Taib Mahmud.

“And now it is implemented by Tok Nan, who invites the people to be in rhythm with the government in bringing developments for the state especially the rural areas that are yet to see the basic infrastructure in place to close the gap of development between the rural and urban populace.

“Let us work together to realize the vision of turning Sarawak into the richest developed state by the year 2030,” he urged.

On the Mukah Ria project, Johari said it augured well with the aspiration of transforming Mukah into a Smart City in the near future.

He commended the initiative of Green Summit Development Sdn Bhd (GSDEVP) following the company’s confidence in the prospect of Mukah becoming the vibrant economic centre in the region.

“The project is located at a very strategic area of this fast growing district, at the famous Yellow Bridge of Batang Mukah and along the coastal road connecting Mukah district with other districts in the division. And Mukah Ria will provide the services and commercial activities for the benefit of the people.

“I strongly believe the strategic location of the project can easily attract investments from local and outside,” said Johari.

GSDEVP chief executive officer Cr. James Hii Sing Lung also spoke at the event attended also by BN candidate for Tellian, Yussibnosh Balo, and Dalat/Mukah District Council walikota and Balingian BN candidate, Abdul Yakub Haji Arbi.

Also present were Mukah Division deputy resident Seroji Bin Ludin, Mukah district officer Shafrie Saili, permanent secretary to the Ministry of Housing Dr Wan Liz Osman Wan Omar, chairman of Kingwood Hotel Group of Companies and Majulah Miri Service Center, Datuk Hii King Chiong, managing director of GSDEVP and founder of Nam Leong Retail Group, Khor Ooi Long, heads of government departments and local community leaders.