TERAS and UPP “Suitable Solution will be found..!!”

cm90SIBU, Aug 4 (Bernama) — Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem is still working out a suitable solution to solve the problems in the Sarawak Barisan Nasional (BN) caused by the emergence of new political parties, namely Parti Tenaga Rakyat Sarawak (Teras) and the United People’s Party (UPP).

Teras and UPP existed as a result of internal leadership crisis in the Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) and the Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) respectively.

Speaking at a Hari Raya do here on Sunday night, the chief minister said there was no doubt that the emergence of Teras and UPP had affected the Sarawak BN’s solidarity and strength to a certain extend.

“The opposition parties are cheering and may stand to gain, but I’m working out a solution.

“I cannot solve the problem there and then. Give me time, maybe one or two years to do so,” he said.

Both Teras and UPP are yet to be accepted into the BN. Teras is led by Tan Sri William Mawan, who is also the state’s Minister of Social Development and Urbanisation and former SPDP president, while UPP is helmed by Datuk Sri Wong Soon Koh, who is the state’s Minister of Local Government and Community Development and former SUPP assistant secretary general.

On the current state cabinet line-up, Adenan said he would maintain it without any changes and hence, keeping Mawan and Wong.

“I want an inclusive not an exclusive government. This is the policy for us to prosper and progress,” he added.

— BERNAMA

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CM Adenan Wants to Help The Rural Poor

adenan15State government to focus on rural development to narrow rich-poor gap

Posted on June 29, 2014, Sunday

BINTULU: The state government will place emphasis on rural development to narrow the gap between the rich and the poor in Sarawak.

Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Adenan Satem said yesterday there was a need to narrow down the increasingly widening disparity.

Speaking at the annual Gawai-Kaamatan Celebration 2014 at Rh Meikle Ding, a 28-door modern Iban longhouse in Sungai Seputan, Sebauh about 55 kms from here, he said there must be an improvement in the life of the rural poor.

The celebration was jointly organised by the Dayak Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI), led by its president Datuk Joseph Salang and the Sabah Kadazanduzun Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI), under Bonipasius Bianis.

“That is why I have asked for an increase in oil royalty from the federal government.

“I have talked to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak about this and he seems quite receptive to it. I will pursue it further,” Adenan said, adding that he would be attending a briefing by the national oil and gas company, Petronas on its activities in the state tomorrow.

Meanwhile he reiterated his advice for the different communities in the state and Sabah to continue to zealously safeguard their existing peace and harmony.

“For Sarawak, we will continue to ban outside racists and religious bigots from coming in to destroy these for us,” he said.

Although Islam was the country’s official religion, he said, everyone was free to practise the religion of their choice.

At the function Adenan announced a government grant of RM900,000 to improve the Kemana-Jepak Road. — Bernama

Adenan “No Bigots,No Racists and Extremists”

adenan558bSarawak is tightening its immigration rules and stepping up scrutiny of visitors particularly from the peninsula to keep out “extremists, religious bigots and racists”, Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem said.

At a press conference to mark his 100 days as chief minister, Adenan (pic) said racism and religious intolerance were “not in character with the people of Sarawak”.

“We have lived harmoniously all these many years and it is my responsibility to see that we, people of all races and culture, continue to live harmoniously together.

“May 13 never happened here. As far as Sarawak is concerned, May 13 (race riots in 1969) was a distant thunder on the other side of the hill,” said Adenan, who succeeded Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud in February.

One way to safeguard the harmony in the state, he said, was to keep religious fanatics and racists “of all colours” out.

No officials would say how many names are the “black list” of people banned from the state, but one name that Adenan himself had said months earlier was on the list is that of Perkasa chief Datuk Ibrahim Ali.

Perkasa is a Malay right-wing group that had been fanning racial and religious tensions in the peninsula.

Adenan was responding to questions on how he planned to achieve his vision of making Sarawak a “progressive, vibrant and harmonious” state when the rumblings of religious and racial intolerance were getting louder in the peninsula and could spread to Sarawak.

Even though immigration is a matter under federal purview, Sarawak and Sabah have autonomy over immigration in their respective states under the terms of the Malaysia Agreement and, therefore, can bar anyone they deemed undesirable and a threat to the state.

Sarawak PKR vice-chairman See Chee How, meanwhile, reminded Adenan that his 100-day “honeymoon” was not without bitterness.

He said Adenan that he and his new administration are perceived as interim and “a continuation of the old administration that is under intense scrutiny and criticism locally and internationally”.

He added that Adenan was seen as playing second fiddle to Taib, who is now the Yang DiPertua Negeri.

“Adenan was given a lot of slack in his first 100 days. He has enjoyed a high level of public support.

“The high hopes for what he will be able to accomplish, the benefit of doubt given to him that his administration will govern in ways that they like becomes a trust in the new chief minister and in the promises that he made in his inauguration speech,” See said in a statement.

“The new chief minister vows to be a chief minister for all Sarawakians, to protect the popular aspirations for state autonomy, special rights and privileges under the Malaysia Agreement, and higher oil and gas royalty.

“He further promised to bar the entry of racists and religious bigots and declared that there will be no implementation of hudud in Sarawak and no seizure of Holy Scriptures (Bibles).

“All these bode well with the general Sarawakians,” See said.

However, Adenan’s mantle as the Barisan Nasional state chief was also being tested, See said, referring to two senior ministers and about half a dozen assistant ministers who stirred political unrest in the state BN in a mass exodus with their supporters from their former parties to join a newly formed party.

The move provoked strong opposition from three state BN coalition parties Sarawak United Peoples Party (SUPP), Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) and the Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP).

See summed up Adenan’s 100 days by saying: “While there are no major accomplishments yet, there are also no failures, disappointments or liabilities.

“The new chief minister must deliver his promises and be the chief administration to fulfil the hopes of Sarawakians that things can change and their lives will be improved under the new administration.”

June 6, 2014.

Adenan gets thumbs up from PM Najib

adenanPrime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said he has full confidence that Sarawak would continue to develop under the leadership of Tan Sri Datuk Amar Adenan Satem.

Speaking at the 1Malaysia Gawai Dayak gathering at Rumah Jarek Klambu in Lambir, Miri, yesterday, Najib said the chief minister could count on the federal government for support to take the state to greater heights of achievements.

“I would like to state my full support to the state government, led by Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem and his team. Although we are separated by the South China Sea, we are very much one strong and steady front.”.

Najib said the state had met the success yardstick for political stability, social harmony, and sustainable economic development, and these achievements had benefitted the people.

Development, he noted, had touched every nook and corner of the state, and the celebration of Gawai Dayak was thus apt.

All these achievements were the result of perseverance, patience, hard work and teamwork, he stressed.

“We should not take it (achievements) for granted; what we have now did not come rolling (by chance). We had to work hard for it.”

Najib said he believed in sharing the joy of being a Malaysian and of being inclusive.

“This nation belongs to all of us and we must work together under the spirit of one
Malaysia.”

He thanked all communities in the state for supporting the BN government all these years, which enabled the government to deliver the goods to the people.

At the gathering, Najib also declared open the development security and community development office, and public utility at the longhouse.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Alfred Jabu Numpang, Minister-in-Attendance Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hassan, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office Datuk Joseph Entulu Belaun, Social Development Minister Tan Sri William Mawan Ikom, SUPP president Tan Sri Peter Chin and SUPP secretary-general Professor Dr Sim Hui Kian were also present at the Gawai gathering.

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A Historical Moment for Sarawak

tsa After helming the State of Sarawak for 33 years Pehin Sri Taib Mahmud will hand over the reign to a new man in Tan Sri Adenan Satem. In his tenure at the top CM Taib have developed Sarawak from a largely undeveloped state to a thriving and vibrant Sarawak where over 30 different ethnic races live harmoniously and peacefully as one. We say thank you to CM Taib for his unselfish services to Sarawak and we warmly welcome the new man in Tan Sri Adenan Satem.

We wish him all the bests and May God Bless him to further develop and lead Sarawak for many years to come.