By Adrian Lim
KUCHING, Aug 7: Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Sarawak information chief Abun Sui Anyit has criticised Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah for claiming that PKR Sarawak gave empty promises after the political party launched its election manifesto recently.
Instead, he opined that Abdul Karim should talk about what the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) and formerly Barisan Nasional (BN) government has done for Sarawakians rather than being rhetoric.
“BN or GPS as a party which has ruled Sarawak that is rich in natural resources should have made the state to be more prosperous than other states now.
“All Sarawakians should have been able to enjoy basic infrastructure such as roads, treated water supply and 24-hour electricity.
“Nonetheless, all the promises are yet to be fulfilled although BN or GPS has ruled for more than 56 years.
“The longer BN or GPS rules, the rights of the native to their customary lands are gradually eroded.
“Sarawakians especially those living in the rural areas are left behind in development and are among the poorest in Malaysia,” he said in a statement.
He believed that the GPS government has failed to provide development to the people in particular those living in the rural and remote areas of Sarawak.
Abun Sui asserted that until today, there were no tar-sealed roads being built for the people at Jelalong, Tegulang and Metalun, Murum although it generated timber revenue to the state.
Therefore, he claimed that GPS believed they are too strong and will not be defeated in the state election thus neglected the development in the rural areas.
Abun Sui said the people, especially voters should make a wise decision in the upcoming state election.
Hence, he stressed that PKR Sarawak is committed to develop Sarawak to be on par with Selangor, which is the most prosperous state in Malaysia.
He added that PKR Sarawak as well as its partners in the Pakatan Harapan (PH) will fight for Sarawakians’ rights which were eroded.
Abun Sui said the political party will also recognise the native customary rights land of Pemakai Menua and Pulau Galau if given the opportunity to rule Sarawak. —DayakDaily