Sarawak BN today launched the manifesto for the Tanjong Datu state seat by-election, outlining 17 focus areas.
Themed 'Together We Will Carry On Tok Nan's Legacy', the manifesto encompasses Sarawak BN's commitment to continuing the efforts of the late incumbent assemblyperson and chief minister Adenan Satem for the people of Tanjong Datu.
The manifesto was launched by Chief Minister and Sarawak BN chairperson Abang Johari Openg at the Lundu community hall ahead of polling on Feb 18.
Abang Johari said in the Sarawak state election in May, last year (2016), the people gave a big mandate to the state government under the late Adenan's leadership to continue with efforts to develop this 'Land of the Hornbills'.
"But Allah loves him (Adenan) more, only eight months (after the state election), he left us but Tok Nan's spirit is still with us. Today, the BN leadership line-up gathers in Tanjong Datu to carry on with the efforts promised by Tok Nan to the state.
"Actually, the team here is Tok Nan's team... the only change is the captain, and I have become the captain and I will continue with Tok Nan's efforts."
Abang Johari said this at the launching ceremony which was also attended by four of Adenan's children, Siti Rafidah, Hayati Hamidah, Abdul Aziz and Azizul Annuar, Sarawak component party members, state cabinet members and assemblypersons.
Abang Johari who is also Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) president, said the state government had a master plan for Tanjong Datu in tourism development and was now just waiting for the time to be implemented.
"I was the tourism minister under Tok Nan. He had said to me that the best place for tourism was Lundu and Sematan. And I had planned how to develop the economy here based on tourism.
"This area has mountains, the sea, fish...definitely beautiful, and I know many Singaporeans come here (Tanjong Datu) to enjoy angling."
Abang Johari said since the time of former chief minister Abdul Taib Mahmud followed by Tok Nan and now him, they (state government) were always thinking of how to further develop Tanjong Datu together with other areas.
"That is why we have fielded someone who was always with Tok Nan (Adenan's widow Jamilah Anu) as candidate in the by-election," he added.
The manifesto is published in four languages, namely Bahasa Malaysia, English, Mandarin and Iban.
Below are the 17 focus areas in the Sarawak BN manifesto for the Tanjong Datu by-election:
- To continue the quest for Sarawak's rights.
- To safeguard the security of the people against encroachment by illegal immigrants.
- To respect the cultures, traditions and religions of the people.
- To preserve peace and harmony among the people.
- To protect the rights of NCR landowners.
- To conserve and protect the pristine environment.
- To care for the welfare of the less fortunate.
- To provide more affordable and low-cost housing.
- To accelarate the provision of roads, water, electricity and telecommunications.
- To improve and expand the coverage of health services.
- To encourage more participation and create opportunities for women in socio-economic activities.
- To harness the potential of youth and increase job opportunities for them through 1Malaysia Youth City (1MYC).
- To promote and provide technical education through the Centre of Technical Excellence (Centrexs).
- To recognise Chinese education and to provide assistance to Chinese schools.
- To adopt English as the second official language of Sarawak alongside Bahasa Malaysia.
- To provide more and better business premises for entrepreneurs.
- To transform Lundu and Sematan into a major tourist destination in Sarawak.