BAU – Sarawak chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem said the state government would continue with efforts to get the 20 per cent in oil royalty from the federal government.
“We want 20 per cent and not five percent (as it is now). We have not yet succeeded in getting the 20 per cent but we will get it,” he added.
He said so far, the state government had succeeded in convincing Petronas to give RM2.1 billion worth of contracts to Sarawak companies.
Adenan said efforts would also be made to develop Sarawak so that it would be on par with other states in the peninsula.
“We (Sarawak) are still far behind as compared to states in West Malaysia. Those of you who have been to Kuala Lumpur and other states in West Malaysia, you could see how advance they are compared to us,” he said in his speech at the Association of Research and Development Movement of Singai Sarawak’s (Redeems) 10th Annual Gawai Carnival at Redeems’ Centre here, Saturday night.
Also present at the function were the Yang diPertua Negeri of Sarawak Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud and his wife.
Touching on freedom of worship, Adenan said Christians in the state could use the word Allah in their prayers.
“You can use the word Allah anytime because it has always been the practice in Sarawak,” he added.
Adenan also urged the people to give him another term (five years) to lead the state administration.
“We all know what I have done in one year, but one year is not enough for me to do more for Sarawak. So I need five more years and you can just imagine what I can do,” he added.
At the function Adenan announced an allocation of RM2 million from the state government for the construction of Redeem’s Centre. Redeems had obtained RM4 million from the federal government for the project.
Meanwhile, Redeems president Datuk Peter Nansian Ngusie said the people of Sarawak were happy with Adenan’s leadership because of his success in resolving several issues affecting the state.
They included cracking illegal logging, abolishing toll, demand for 20 per cent petroleum royalty and his rural development policy, which has helped lighten the people’s burden, he added. – BERNAMA