KUCHING,: The Sarawak government should not be perceived as being against the entry of people from Peninsular Malaysia into the state, acording to State Housing Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg.
Such perception was wrong and had bad intentions, he said when addressing the first meeting this year of all government departments and agencies in the state under the Ministry of Communications and Multi- media.
Abang Johari was last year appointed to be in charge of a coordination committee of all these departments and agencies.
“We are only against the entry of certain personalities known for their extremist racial and religious views.
“It is the state government’s responsibility to protect the unity and ties among its people who come from very varied racial and religious backgrounds,” he said.
He said it would continue to evoke its immigration autonomy right for the purpose, adding that it was a collective decision by all the state cabinet members as well.
“We certainly welcome all those moderate Malaysians into the state. But we will use our right against those coming only to disturb us,” he added.
On the unhappiness expressed by certain Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) leaders over his presence at the United People’s Party (UPP) first triennial delegates’ conference on Jan 11 here, Abang Johari said it was a non-issue.
“I attended as a neutral senior state minister and not representing the state Barisan Nasional (BN).“The president of UPP, Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh, is a state minister. Then again, both UPP and Teras (Parti Tenaga Rakyat Sarawak) have indicated they are solidly behind the BN. We want to ensure that they both remain friendly to the BN,” he said.
Abang Johari, who is also the deputy president of Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), the state BN anchor party, said it was best that SUPP, UPP, SPDP (Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party) and Teras find amicable solutions to their respective problems.
“(Chief Minister Tan Sri) Adenan (Satem), as the state BN chief, will have the final say on who should represent or continue to represent the BN in the next state election, expected anytime from now until June 20, 2016,” he said. – Bernama