13 JANUARY 2017
The announcement of the new Chief Minister today is welcome news. We appreciate the fact that the appointment was made without delay to ensure continuing smooth administration of the state and to avoid speculations.
Datuk Amar Abang Johari is an experienced leader, being a nine-term assemblyman. I believe he has come to understand the matters that are of great concern to the people of Sarawak from what Tan Sri Adenan Satem had prioritised, which gave him the popular vote from Sarawakians. We hope he will continue where the late Chief Minister left off and forge ahead with issues that were close to Adenan Satem’s heart, such as autonomy, petroleum royalty, education and illegal logging, just to name a few. In particular, we are optimistic that he will maintain our right to freedom of religion as championed by Adenan Satem and also pursue the NCR land issue that has been burdening the native communities. We call upon him, as one of his first acts in office, to ensure that the Land Code is amended to incorporate the concept of pemakai menoa and pulau galau as NCR land. This will be a very meaningful and momentous start to his role as Chief Minister of Sarawak, and signal to the people that he truly has their interests at heart.
On a personal level, I have always found Abang Johari to be very approachable and I look forward to working together with him for a better Sarawak.
The appointment of Datuk Amar Abang Johari augurs well for the political stability of Sarawak. My party members and I offer our heartiest congratulations to the new Chief Minister of Sarawak.
Chairman, PKR Sarawak / ADUN N81 Ba’ Kelalan