KUCHING: Judging by the things he had done and is planning to do for the various ethnic groups in the state, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg is indeed a leader of all.
He emphasised this yesterday in his speech during Fiesta Satok 3.0 at Dewan Masyarakat Sungai Maong.
“I am chief minister of all Sarawakians. I will help everyone,” he said.
“If the Chinese are concerned about education, we have recognised the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC).”
Abang Johari revealed that the state government has provided funds to Chinese schools amounting to RM8 million for this year.
“For 2020, we will add some more but we’ll see,” he said hinting that the Supply (2020) Bill, 2019 that will be tabled on November 4 in the August House will offer more to the Chinese.
He also remarked that Bumiputeras also benefit from Chinese schools as many of their children are studying there.
“I recalled when I met the Ambassador-Designate of Malaysia to Peru, Fenny Nuli, I witnessed her speaking in Mandarin with Dr Sim (Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian).
“It turned out that although she is an Iban, the Simanggang-born Fenny studied in a Chinese school.”
The chief minister also lauded the Deepavali celebration yesterday.
“We are lucky to live in a multicultural state. Although there are only 10,000 Indians celebrating Deepavali today, the celebration was lively.
“When I went to their open houses, I saw people of all races there, be they Chinese, Malay, Iban or Bidayuh.
“That is our culture. There is no conflict among us. We celebrate our festivals together,” he said.