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By Ling Hui
KUCHING, Dec 7: A hunter needs a bow and arrows to hunt; an artist needs paint and canvas to draw; a man only needs a chance to change Kota Sentosa for the better.
Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) candidate for Kota Sentosa Wilfred Yap Yau Sin said the constituency had seen no changes in its 15 years under Democratic Action Party (DAP) since 2006, but he could be the gamechanger.
“Just give me five years. If things are still the same, they (voters) can always vote back in DAP or whoever they want.”
The Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) man said the opposition had been given 15 years’ worth of opportunities to bring development to the area and the people yet the number of improvements is nil.
He said in Kota Sentosa, the situation for the poor only got from bad to worse with an expanding population but decaying infrastructure, especially in the Stampin Resettlement Scheme.
Houses are dilapidated and on the verge of collapsing, roads are unmaintained and inconducive for use, while maintenance and repair works for drains have been left long overdue.
All this because nobody bothered, not even the elected representative who has the connections, resources and power, to improve the situation, he claimed.
“(It has been) 15 years without change, let me change it (Kota Sentosa).” This has been and still is Yap’s catchphrase since his candidacy under Barisan Nasional (BN) in the 2016 State Election against incumbent Chong Chieng Jen from DAP.
“The people of Kota Sentosa deserve change. The people of Kota Sentosa deserve a different perspective from a different person,” said Yap.
Lacking neither vision nor passion, he only needs an opportunity to be on a bigger platform in order to secure greater funds as well as projects which are urgently needed by the people of Kota Sentosa.
Though already on the ground listening to the people’s problems and solving them as best he can, he said his services are at times very limited for deliveries commensurate with responsibilities.
“To put it simply, if you’re a YB (assemblyman) then you can fulfill more needs of the people.
“And if I’m given positions of bigger responsibilities, or if I’m elected, I will try my very best to fulfill the needs of the people in our community and bring it up to a level that is equivalent to the responsibilities that I hold.
“That is what I can promise,” he told DayakDaily.
Yap is currently the SUPP Kota Sentosa branch chairman and SUPP Public Complaints Bureau (PCB) chairman.
In the 12th Sarawak State Election (PRN12), he faces four opponents in Kota Sentosa from DAP, Parti Bumi Kenyalang (PBK), Sarawak People’s Aspiration Party (Aspirasi), and Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB).
They are Michael Kong Feng Nian (DAP), Lue Cheng Hing (PBK), Tan Kok Chiang (Aspirasi), and Datuk Dr John Lau Pang Heng (PSB). — DayakDaily