MIRI: The change in designation from Sarawak Chief Minister to Premier is not a self-glorification move, says Chief Minister Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg (pic).

Instead, he said the move was to differentiate Sarawak’s status from the other states in the federation.

“I would just like to say that it is not a self-glorification nor is it something for me personally, to be proud of.

“The state government is of the view that the designation of the (Sarawak) head of government has to be different in style, compared with other states in the federation.

“(The change in designation) is to emphasise that Sarawak is different from the other states in Malaysia, and it is not for me. It is for Sarawak,” he said in his speech at the Federation of Chinese Association Sarawak’s Unity Year event here on Saturday night.

On Feb 15, the state assembly passed the Constitution of the State of Sarawak (Amendment) Bill 2022, which contains a clause to change the designation of “Chief Minister” to “Premier”, by a majority of more than two-thirds.

The amendments also provide for the term Assistant Minister to be changed to Deputy Minister.

On Feb 16, the day after the tabling of the Bill, state Tourism, Creative Industry and Performing Arts Minister Datuk Seri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said the change of the designation of Sarawak Chief Minister to Premier will come into force after it was gazetted. — Bernama