Posted By rajlira On 28th January 2008 @ 00:01 In Local
KUCHING: Housing Minister Dato Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg has dismissed speculations surrounding his nomination as one of the candi-dates in the coming Parliamentary elections as just rumours.
“That would be some news to me (if proven true)…I am not even aware of this thing,” a visibly surprised Johari told reporters after a Goodwill Night organised for the residents of Program Perumahan Rakyat (PPR) Taman Dahlia here last Saturday.
The deputy president of Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) which is State BN’s backbone party, said nomination of candidates in any election was normally decided by the party and BN top leadership.
When asked again by reporters what his answer would be if the ru-mours were true, he said: “As a loyal member of the party, I will abide by the decision of the party’s leaders.”
Earlier, Johari, who is also Satok assemblyman, told residents of the 816-unit flats of PPR Taman Dahlia that they would be given priority in approval of applications for affordable house programmes should they decide to move to bigger houses.
Stressing that the flats were temporary shelter for recently married couples and families just migrated to the city, he said they should consider moving into affordable houses that were more spacious and comfortable when their finances were more stable.
He pointed out that there would not be any shortage of affordable houses because 10,000 new ones would be built in Kuching including at Jalan Sultan Tengah, Sungai Midin and Muara Tebas, during the current Ninth Malaysian Plan (9MP).
“These are programmes initiated by the government for the people so that they can own their houses at affordable prices,” he said.
Petra Jaya Member of Parliament Fadillah Yusof, Housing Develop-ment Corporation (HDC) chairman Abdul Wahab Aziz and Housing Ministry permanent secretary Abang Affandi Abang Anuar were among those present at the function.
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PKR will have no impact: Johari
Posted By rajlira On 29th January 2008 @ 00:00 In Local
KUCHING: Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) deputy president Dato Sri Abang Johari Tun Abang Openg feels that Parti Keadilan Raykat (PKR) is irrelevant and not likely to bring about any impact to Sarawak in the coming 12th general election.
The Minister of Housing believes that Sarawakians are mature enough to decide who are capable of taking the nation to greater heights.
He said going by the results of the last state election, Sarawakians had actually rejected PKR which did not perform well despite advisor Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s frequent visits to the State before and after election.
“Anwar has been coming over here. He can just say anything that he wants but people in Sarawak are mature enough to know what is good for the country,” he told a news conference after performing an ‘eye-dotting’ ceremony on Saberkas’ new lions at Wisma Saberkas here yesterday.
Johari also welcomed the challenge thrown by Democratic Action Party (DAP), which on Sunday announced that the opposition party would stand in seven parliamentary seats in the coming general poll.
“If they want to contest by all means do so. Whether (DAP) is the party that people want, time will tell.”
On Sunday, State DAP secretary Chong Chieng Jen said the party would contest in seven Chinese majority parliamentary constituencies namely Bandar Kuching, Stampin, Sibu, Lanang, Sarikei, Bintulu and Miri.
On Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s call to get the Barisan Nasional (BN) election machinery ready, Johari assured that PBB as well as other State BN component parties were well prepared.
“PBB is ready with its election machinery and we are now waiting (for the dissolution of Parliament),” he said.
He said he could not, however, disclose who in PBB would stand in the coming general election because only the party president knew who the candidates were.
Asked if he was ready to stand in any parliamentary seat, he said: “I abide by the decision of the top party leadership. Of course, I am ready. If the party decides, then I cannot say no because I am a loyal member.”
Asked if indeed his name had been included in the PBB candidate list, he smiled: “If you have the hint, you let me know.”
He, however, added that the party would have new faces to contest in the 12th parliamentary election given that there are three new seats – Sibuti, Limbang and Igan – created in a re-delineation exercise.
He said it was up to the BN leadership to decide which component parties would get to contest in the three new seats.
Meanwhile, Saberkas women bureau and Tabuan Jaya Unit are jointly organising a hair beauty and variety show at the Kenyalang Park Community Association (KPCA) hall here on Feb 22.
With Maison Monica Hair and Beauty Academy as sponsor, the charity show aims to raise RM10,000 for Chinese secondary schools.
Priced at RM5 each, tickets to the show are available at Saberkas headquarters and its Tabuan Jaya Unit.
During the ‘eye-dotting’ ceremony, political secretary to the Chief Minister Alan Sim received his Saberkas life membership from Johari.
Among those present were Saberkas secretary-general Aidan Wing, vice president Datuk Alfred Yap, exco members Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed and Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi.