FATE could not have chosen a more challenging time for Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg to take office as Sarawak’s sixth chief minister.
On Jan 11, 2017 gloom descended on the Land of Hornbills when his predecessor Pehin Sri Adenan Satem died raising fears that Sarawak might not be able to find a successor who can fill the shoes of the larger than life Chief Minister who roused Sarawakians from their slumber to aspire for the return of their rights under the Malaysia Agreement lost over the years.
When Abang Johari was sworn in as the sixth chief minister, many eyebrows were raised amidst apprehension that he might not have what it takes to continue Adenan’s mission.
However, after an initial period of settling in, Abang Johari quickly silenced the doubters by not only continuing the tasks left behind by Adenan but striking out towards broader horizons with his own vision to spur Sarawak’s economy into the digital age.
His plans are innovative and multi-pronged covering all aspects of development � modernising the agricultural industry, digitalising the economy, improving connectivity within Sarawak through completion of coastal roads, speeding up rural development and utilising Sarawak’s own fund to implement projects deferred by the Federal government.
To fulfill his vision, Abang Johari has come up with 65 initiatives to develop Sarawak focussing on six main areas � restoring
Sarawak’s rights under MA63, setting up the Development Bank of Sarawak, Digital Economy, Oil and Gas Industry, Rural Basic Infrastructure and Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy.
Many challenges still lie ahead for the Chief Minister in implementing his plans and accomplishing his mission but his track record so far has proven that he has the determination and strength to push through all his plans.
In the two years as Chief Minister, Abang Johari has proven he can do more than just implement Adenan’s plans and that he is not afraid to venture into uncharted waters charting the path of development for Sarawak.
When Sarawak cried out for a leader to spearhead their fight for its rights and accelerate its development, Abang Johari took up the gauntlet rallying the people behind him in his quest for a brighter future for Sarawak.
Source: Sarawak Government