A-G, graft agency to sit on Sarawak project award committees

Sarawak Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg says the MACC will be invited to attend the state’s meetings on tenders.

KUCHING: The Sarawak government will include the auditor-general on all its project award committees under the State Tender Board, chaired by the state financial secretary, said Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg.

The chief minister said he would also be inviting the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to attend the state’s meetings on tenders.

He said this was to further enhance its excellent achievement and good record of governance.

“I wish to repeat to members of the opposition in the House that if they wish to challenge us, challenge us with facts.

“Do not simply create a bad perception of us to the public and indulge in character assassinations.

“That is cheap politics and I want to call on all Sarawakians not to fall prey to such cheap politics by the opposition,” said the chief minister in his winding-up speech on the last day of the state assembly sitting here today.

Abang Johari said the objective of the opposition members was to bring down the government by casting aspersions on the state government and not by arguing on facts.

“I am not governing the state for my own personal benefit. This is about our state, our people and our future.

“This is not a game of cards and I will not allow this state to be destroyed by cheap politics.

“Only the state tender board and the state Cabinet decide on projects to be implemented and not any government heads.”

He said the government of Sarawak should deliver to the people of Sarawak at all costs and no expense would be spared.

“Our people have been left too far behind, and we must catch up. If the federal government does not help us, we will help ourselves,” he said, adding that he would exhaust all avenues to deliver what was promised to the people of Sarawak.

He thanked the assemblymen for speaking as one voice on the concerns of the consultative committee regarding Sarawak’s rights under the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).