Nation cannot have recycled leader: Abang Johari

KUCHING (Bernama) – The whole Barisan Nasional (BN) team is looking ahead at a brighter future in the transformation agenda for the country, and understand that the nation cannot have a ‘recycled’ leader to realise it.

Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said in Sarawak, most of its voters are young, and these young people preferred to look at something new, a ‘futuristic’ agenda for them.

Speaking to reporters at a press conference after chairing the State BN meeting yesterday, he said that should be the way forward for the nation, that is looking ahead.

“In the case of Sarawak, we have a duty to achieve year 2030 objectives, in becoming an advanced and developed economy… and the BN leaders have agreed to have a common platform for Sarawak to move forward, either socially, economically, and politically BN would be the prime mover,” he said. He pointed out that the good relationship between the state and federal BN had created a good atmosphere to develop Sarawak in the context of Malaysia.

Abang Johari said Sarawak was grateful that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak responded positively to the ‘devolution of power’ issue raised by the state, and his willingness to listen and negotiate on the matter.

He said the first phase of the negotiation regarding the administrative aspects had been agreed upon, while the second phase that touched on state constitutional matters was ‘delicate’ and required more detailed discussion.

“Being in a federation does not mean that we cannot raise these issues. We are in Malaysia, always in Malaysia, and forever in Malaysia … we just want to talk about our constitutional rights, to get back any power eroded,” he said.