IN just over one year Datuk Patinggi Adenan Satem has indeed proven that he is the most capable man to lead our great State.
He has stood firm to protect the sovereignty of Sarawak and the rights of Sarawakians, made great strides in securing a greater share of the oil and gas pie that is rightfully ours, zeroed in on ridding the State of illegal immigrants, clamped down on illegal logging, focused on ridding the State of corruption, gotten toll waivers and rationalised ferry fares.
The Chief Minister has also ensured Sarawakians of religious freedom, ensuring Christians of their right to use the word ‘Allah’ in their worship as they have for generations way before the formation of Malaysia, and slammed anyone who denies our Chinese brothers and sisters their rights as Anak Sarawak.
Adenan has also stressed that his focus is on rural development to ensure that the gap with our urban centres is reduced and that our relatives can find meaningful employment without having to move from our longhouses and villages.
Our Chief Minister has said he wants the mandate from us Sarawakians to support his development plans for the State.
He admitted his present mandate to lead the state was handed down to him from his predecessor Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud, our current Governor.
What Adenan wants is our reassurance and strong backing to pursue his goals for the State.
He said more development is planned for the State and he requires our strong mandate to continue the push to serve us better.
“Give me a mandate as the present mandate is by (Tun) Pehin Sri (Abdul Taib Mahmud). I want my own mandate. I walk the talk and you can try me on this one,” he said.
Let’s do that Sarawakians. Let’s give Adenan our mandate to continue leading the State for true transformation.
The Borneo Post’s story:
Adenan wants the people’s mandate
by Philip Kiew
CM says he must have the people’s backing to achieve the development goals he set for the state
MARUDI: Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem says he wants the mandate from the people to support his development plans for the state.
He said his present mandate to lead the state was handed down to him from his predecessor Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud but he wanted the reassurance of the people’s strong backing to pursue his goals for the state.
Adenan added that more development had been planned for the state and he required a strong mandate from the people to continue the push to serve them better.
“Give me a mandate as the present mandate is by (Tun) Pehin Sri (Abdul Taib Mahmud). I want my own mandate. I walk the talk and you can try me on this one,” he said when launching the rationalisation of state ferry service rates here yesterday.
The ferry fare has dropped from RM15 to RM1 for cars.
The Chief Minister disclosed that the state government would build bridges in Bako, Limbang and Long Lama this year to improve economic activities through rural infrastructure development.
He stressed the emphasis on rural development was to narrow the gap with urban centres, create economic opportunities, and reduce rural-urban migration.
The funding for the projects was part of the RM500 million allocation he sought for rural development during the last State Legislative Assembly (DUN) sitting, which was opposed by the Democratic Action Party (DAP).
Adenan said the solid support of Sarawakians was necessary to ensure he could negotiate with the federal government from a position of strength on the allocation of funds and policy matters affecting the state.
“You must help me. You must back me up. With a strong mandate, they will know that Sarawak is behind me,” he said.
He highlighted the success in getting greater concessions, including over RM2 billion worth of contracts for
Sarawakian companies from Petronas and RM50 million in corporate social responsibility projects such as building technical schools.
Adenan added that the state continues to push for the desired 20 per cent petroleum royalties for greater development.
“We will not stop until we get it,” he stated.
The Chief Minister also reiterated his stance on religious freedom in the state.
“I may be the most powerful man in Sarawak right now but I will never tell you how to practise your religion — Christians can use the word ‘Allah’ anytime and there is freedom to practise your religion anywhere in Sarawak,” he said.
Among those present at the event were Adenan’s wife Datin Patinggi Datuk Jamilah Anu, Assistant Minister of Public Utilities (Water Supply) Datuk Sylvester Entri Muran, and Miri Resident Antonio Kathi Gallis.