State housing minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg is the new president of SABERKAS, Sarawak’s largest multi-racial youth organisation.
He was unanimously appointed to the position when Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud stepped down today, after helming it for the past 28 years, at the organisation’s 13th trienniel delegates assembly here.

Abang Johari was deputy president to Taib.

Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Douglas Uggah Embas, one of five former vice-presidents, took over as the new deputy president when his candidacy was unchallenged, as well.

International Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Datuk Jacob Dungau Sagan also retained his vice-presidency unopposed while Deputy Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Joseph Entulu Belaun was elected supreme council member.

Abang Johari later told newsmen that SABERKAS would form a special committee soon to review its constitution which had not been changed since its inception in 1973.

He said there was a need to accomodate new changes to suit the current environment, adding that under the existing constitution, there was no provision to deal with the subject of ICT (information, communication and technology).

He said the 132,000-strong organisation would also identify ways to properly use the RM1 million grant given by the state government in promoting science and technical studies among youth in the state.

On the One Malaysia concept as advocated by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, Abang Johari said SABERKAS could relate well to the concept.