KUCHING: The appointment of Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg as the state’s sixth chief minister has been hailed as a wise and appropriate choice, political leaders from both sides of the political divide in the state said.
Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Masing, who is also Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) president, said Abang Johari was not only the deputy president of the state’s largest political party Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), but he also had three decades of political experience.
“His political acumen is second to none when it comes to the administration of a multi-racial and multi-religious country like Sarawak.
Masing, who is Baleh assemblyman, assured PRS would give Abang Johari their full and undivided support towards his administration of the state, in line with what the late Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem would have wanted.
“Adenan’s dream for rural-biased development of Sarawak will continue with Abang Johari – in such approach of development, PRS is very certain,” he said, wishing Abang Johari all the best in looking after Sarawak and its people in the years ahead.
Many other political leaders also expressed their views and advice on the appointment of Abang Johari as chief minister and gave their thumbs up for the choice.
“It is said that political greatness is the ability to translate wisdom into action on behalf of the people. To do this requires a combination of moral virtues, practical wisdom and public-spiritedness.”
Be rest assured – Sarawak is in safe hands under his stewardship. He (Abang Johari) was the late chief minister’s (Adenan) confidant, coming from the same Kampung Bandarsyah and has wide experience as a minister and leader. He is close to all the communities in Sarawak and has always been very fair. –Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, Assistant Minister for Housing
Abang Johari has been in politics long enough and has also proven his mettle. He is therefore well-qualified to take over the helm of political leadership in Sarawak. -Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh, Second Finance Minister
Abang Johari should start with the development of local industries in rural areas by bringing investors in so that it would create good spin-off effect for the rural people. This is so that they (rural communities) will not just hear about development; they also get to enjoy the prosperity of the country. -Dato Sri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar, Natural Resources and Environment Minister
He is also a veteran politician and has a wide experience not just in politics but also in the development history of Sarawak, his father was a former governor. I believe his appointment also has a strong support from the overall PBB supreme council members. -Dr Jerip Susil, Assistant Minister for Public Health, Mambong assemblyman
I, as Works Minister, pledge to continue the development agenda involving the ministry in Sarawak, especially in ensuring the smoothness of the Pan Borneo Highway project, which was the mainstay of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and the late Tan Sri Adenan. Insya Allah, Sarawak will continue to prosper, be peaceful and united under the new administration led by Abang Johari, a charismatic and people-friendly leader. -Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof, Minister of Works
He is hands-on, far sighted and with the welfare of the rakyat at heart. I am confident Abang Johari’s vast experience and capability would enable him to bring in more federal infrastructure development funds which would benefit rural areas. -Datuk Dr Penguang Manggil, Assistant Minister for Local Government, Marudi assemblyman
I am confident Abang Johari will continue the excellent work done by the late Tan Sri Adenan. I am sure the entire PRS (Parti Rakyat Sarawak) and members wholeheartedly support Abang Johari. -Datuk Joseph Entulu Belaun, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, PRS deputy president
The new chief minister should continue and follow through with what the late Adenan has started. It is the most important task for the new chief minister. Although it may seem too big a shoe to fit in, if you have the will you can get all the unfinished businesses going and lobby all the Sarawakians to be behind him. I am sure it can be achieved. -See Chee How, State PKR vice chairman, Batu Lintang assemblyman
We are looking forward to Sarawak continuing to prosper even further with his wise leadership as well as continue to have peace and harmony. -Bruce Chai, United People’s Party (UPP) Pujut chairman
Both of us were in the same schooling years in St. Thomas’ School and I’ve always admired his charisma and standing in society, whereby he was the only one amongst us to reach the ministerial post fast and will now attain the top office of Chief Minister of Sarawak. I also believe his simple and friendly ways of interacting with people from all walks of life, coupled with his wide experience and knowledge will certainly make him a great chief minister for our beloved state. -Datuk James Chan, Kuching South mayor
Abang Johari has some 30 years of vast experience in his political career as he has served Sarawak under three different chief ministers. -Rosey Yunus, Assistant Minister for Solidarity
With his experience as well as leadership qualities, I believe that Abang Johari is more than qualified to continue the important work started by Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem in guiding Sarawak forward as a multi-cultural, united and moderate state. Indeed, I look forward to working closely together with Abang Johari as a fellow leader within the Barisan Nasional coalition. -Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, Minister of Transport
I believe he has come to understand the matters that are of great concern to the people of Sarawak from what the late Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem had prioritised, which gave him the popular vote from Sarawakians. We hope he (Abang Johari) 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. -Baru Bian, State PKR chairman, Ba Kelalan assemblyman