KUCHING — August 19, 2015: Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem does not envisage himself being the state’s chief executive for too long.
“Just give me another five years. When the five years are over I will be 76. I do not want to stay on.
“I have been the chief minister now for over a year. I have done this and have done that. But I want to do some more to benefit the state and its people,” he said when launching the commencement of upgrading work for three road projects funded by the state government here today.
Sarawak held its state election in 2011 and the term of its current 71-seat state legislative assembly will expire by June next year.
The projects involved turning the Datuk Stephen Yong link road to Batu Kawa Road into a four-lane dual carriageway from the current two-lane single
carriageway; building an underpass at the Datuk Temenggong Abang Kapali Abang Akip interchange and upgrading of the Kubah Ria Road.
Adenan said Sarawak still needed a lot of catching up to do in terms of infrastructure and amenities.
“The Pan-Borneo Highway is a good example. This is a very major infrastructure project for us from the federal government,” he said, adding that it was expected to be completed in six to seven years’ time.
He said the state also planned to increase, by year’s end, its welfare allowance to the needy due to the raising costs of living besides pursuing greater empowerment for the state.
“So I hope Sarawakians will give me another five year. Give me the mandate in the coming state election so that I can lead the state for five years to
achieve all these,” he said. — Bernama