MIRI: Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said he has picked a well-balanced mix of experience and young blood to help propel the state into developed status by 2030.
“Out of 31 candidates for GE14, 15 are new faces who are capable as they have been well trained by their respective predecessors.
“It is important that we have leaders who speak out for their constituencies in parliament,” he said.
As for Miri, Abang Johari hopes that Sarawak BN candidate Datuk Sebastian Ting will be the one to represent the city in parliament.
“Miri has had leaders such as Tan Sri Dr George Chan and Tan Sri Peter Chin who have brought tremendous development to it and who also trained their successors well.
“In order to bring further development to Miri, the people must vote for a candidate who dares to speak out for them,” said Abang Johari, who was accompanied by his wife Datin Patinggi Dato Juma’ani Tun Tuanku Bujang at the Harmony Night in Marina Park City, Miri.
State Local Government and Housing Minister Dr Sim Kui Hian, who will be contesting for the Stampin seat, urged Chinese voters to vote for BN candidates as the state and federal governments have and will always strive to help the Chinese community.
“It is important that Chinese voters not be easily swayed and influenced by the propaganda of other parties,” said Dr Sim, whose speech was delivered by Assistant Tourism Minister Datuk Lee Kim Shin.
Lee himself urged the people to give their full support to Sarawak BN by voting for the party in all 31 seats.
“Sarawak BN consists of Sarawak’s homegrown parties, which are the United Bumiputera Heritage Party (PBB), Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP), Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) and Sarawak’s Peoples’ Party (PRS).
“To give your support to Sarawak BN is to support our very own state parties. Now is the time for all of us to stand in solidarity and unity to reclaim our rights,” said Lee.
The event, organised by the Sarawak Information Department, is a community programme to celebrate diversity and was also organised in Kota Sentosa Kuching and Sibu Gateway.
Also present at the event were Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr George Chan, Sarawak Utilities Minister Datuk Sri Stephen Rundi Utom, Information Department Malaysia director-general Datuk Ibrahim Abdul Rahman, Piasau assemblyman Datuk Sebastian Ting and Mayor Adam Yii.