"When I work, I mean business", Sarawak CM tells his critics


KUCHING: Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Abang Openg has taken aim at his critics who are questioning his ability to implement all the initiatives to develop Sarawak, as announced by the state government.

“You mark my words. When I work, I mean business.

"And I will not spare any effort to accomplish our vision for a prosperous Sarawak," he said in his opening address during a session with the media in conjunction with his 100 days in office as Sarawak's sixth Chief Minister.

Abang Johari said, for instance, he is aware that some quarters are poking fun at his plan to develop a light rail transit (LRT) system connecting the Kuching, Samarahan and Serian divisions.

"If we don't start now, the cost is likely to be high… A lot of things go into establishing an LRT system," he said.

During the session, Abang Johari shared the many development programmes introduced by the state government since he was sworn in as Chief Minister on Jan 13.

These include acquisition of the Bakun Hydroelectric Power Dam from the federal government, and efforts to digitise Sarawak's economy from the present conventional system.

The Satok assemblyman also addressed several questions from members of the press – among them, why he still describes his team in the state government and Sarawak Barisan Nasional (BN) as “Team Adenan".

"Team Adenan" is a term coined for Sarawak BN when it was led by Abang Johari's predecessor, the late Tan Sri Adenan Satem, who passed away on Jan 11.

"During the state election last year, Sarawakians awarded a new mandate to ‘Team Adenan’ for Sarawak BN to continue leading the state.

"And now, I am inheriting the same team. The only difference is that now, I am the new ‘captain’ of ‘Team Adenan’”, he said.

Abang Johari was also asked if there will be a reshuffle of the state cabinet.

"I am waiting for inspiration. Just wait," he replied.