KUCHING: The Selangor government is willing to look into the welfare needs of Sarawakians who are living and working in the state.
Selangor Mentri Besar Azmin Ali said he discussed this with Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem during a courtesy call at the latter’s office at Wisma Bapa Malaysia here yesterday.
“I requested the Chief Minister to inform me if there are any welfare matters among Sarawakians who are currently working in Selangor. I’m willing to look after their welfare if there is a need to do so,” he told reporters after the meeting.
They also discussed potential areas of cooperation between their respective state governments, Azmin said, adding: “As both states are major contributors to the nation’s economy, there should be room for us to work together in the interest of our people.”
Azmin, who is also PKR deputy president, said he welcomed Adenan’s statements on combating illegal logging and having a more transparent and accountable administration.
“We would like to see how what role can be played by PKR’s assemblymen to support these efforts. I was also touched by the Chief Minister’s statement a few days ago that the opposition in Sarawak are not the enemy but friends in the state administration,” he said.
He also shared with Adenan his discussions with Sarawak church leaders on Monday.
“I conveyed to the Chief Minister that we in Selangor appreciate the role played by Archbishop Datuk Bolly Lapok in resolving the matter of the Alkitab amicably,” he said, referring to the return of Bahasa Malaysia and Iban-language Bibles seized by the Selangor Islamic Affairs Department (Jais) from the Bible Society of Malaysia to the Association of Churches in Sarawak (ACS) last year.
Azmin was making his first official visit to Sarawak since becoming Mentri Besar last September. He was accompanied by two Selangor exco members on his three-day trip which ended yesterday.