KUCHING: Chief Minister Abang Johari Tun Openg said a joint action council has been set up by the federal and the Sarawak governments to focus on development of Sarawak.
He said Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad had agreed to have joint chairmanship for the council, with Deputy Chief Minister Douglas Uggah Embas, representing Sarawak, and Works Minister Baru Bian, representing the federal government.
He said this at an appreciation ceremony for Sarawak federal secretary Mansor Man, who will be undergoing compulsory retirement from May 12, after serving for one year and nine months.
Abang Johari said although Mansor did not serve long, the period was a challenging time because of the change in the federal and state governments after the general election.
‘’It was not easy during the transition, but Datuk Mansor had played an important role during his tenure in Sarawak.
‘’My colleagues and I in the government of Sarawak are very thankful because we could work well with him. We worked cordially and our work was in the interest of the people of Sarawak,’’ he said.
Mansor said he did not face any problem in working with the civil administration in Sarawak and expressed his thanks for all the support given by the state government.