The Chief Minister spent about ten minutes chatting with the group members after being presented with some souvenirs
By Abang Salfian Nawawi
KUCHING: A group of Penan youths from Baram had a rare opportunity to personally meet the Chief Minister Pehin Sri Haji Abdul Taib Mahmud at the DUN yesterday.
Taib, after chairing a meeting with several government department heads in his office late evening was "sportingly enough" to meet and shake hands with the each of group members.
According to the Chief Political Secretary to the Chief Minister Abdullah Haji Saidol who is the coordinator of the courtesy visit, the objective of the visit was to give a first-hand experience to the Penan community on the DUN proceeding.
"It is hoped that the participants of the group can relay their experiences to their people in their respective villages upon returning back," said Abdullah, who is also Semop Assemblyman to New Sarawak Tribune in an exclusive interview.
Meanwhile, Telang Usan Assemblyman and co-coordinator of the courtesy visit, Dennis Ngau told New Sarawak Tribune that the group compromises of 40 participants from five respective villages in the Baram area.
"Most of them are "first-timers" to arrive to the capital city (Kuching) of Sarawak and on behalf of the Penan community, I really would like to thank the Chief Minister Pehin Sri Haji Abdul Taib Mahmud had consented to meet the group.