KUCHING: The 15,000 Penan in the state are looking forward to the new Sarawak Chief Minister to bring more development to them in their quest to improve their living standard.
A Penan community leader, Temenggong Datuk Hassan Sui,
said the community had no
problem in accepting Tan Sri
Adenan Satem as the new Chief Minister replacing Tan Sri Abdul
“The Penan fully support his appointment and we have no problem working with him and we are actually looking forward to having a good working relationship with Tan Sri Adenan,” said Hassan in an interview yesterday.
He was confident that Adenan with his vast experience in the country and state’s administration, educational background and style of leadership would take the state to greater heights in various fields.
“With Tan Sri Adenan as the new Chief Minister, I’m confident the state will continue to prosper.”
Hassan said the Penan were expecting more from the new Chief Minister in terms of socioeconomic opportunities, and educational and infrastructural development.
“The Penan really need more economic activities to help generate income for them, which will also help to uplift their living standard and lifestyle.
“We also need the government’s support to provide better education for the community as education is the best way for us to develop on par with the other communities,” he said.
Hassan said the government of the day knew that the Penan community was still very far behind the other communities in the country and as such, it should give special attention to them so as to change their fate.
He said Penan students should be given more places in public universities in order to produce more graduates among the community.
Hassan, who is a Penan millionaire involved in oil palm cultivation, thanked Taib because under his leadership, the state government had done a lot to improve the lives of the community.
He said the state government had developed several resettlement centres to resettle the community, enabling them to live a more decent lifestyle.
“At these resettlement centres, the community is provided with and are involved in economic activities like cash crop farming and cultivation of oil palm.
“The community has also been taught on a more advanced farming system, and given access to health services, leadership training skills and family planning.
“The government also encourages Penan children to go to school and today, there are about 50 Penan graduates,” he noted. — Bernama