Assistant Minister aims to make GPS a household name in Pantai Damai constituency

Dr Abdul Rahman (seated third from left) speaking at the press conference after the first PBB Pantai Damai Branch Committee Member’s Meeting 2019 in Kuching yesterday (March 9, 2019).

By Wilfred Pilo

KUCHING, March 10: PBB Pantai Damai chief Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi has one goal he is bent on achieving well before the next state election is called — make Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) a household name in his constituency.

The Assistant Minister for Rural Electricity said this was also done during the Barisan Nasional (BN) era and it achieved good results then.

“Everybody in Pantai Damai constituency, irrespective of whether they are young or old, must know GPS and what it stands for. Our (PBB Pantai Damai) job in this constituency now is to brand GPS into a household name worthy of the rakyat’s support, so much so that whenever there is talk about political parties, the first thing they (people) imagine is GPS.”

He said this to reporters covering the first PBB Pantai Damai Branch Committee Member’s Meeting 2019 at Hilton Kuching yesterday.

On the meeting, Dr Abdul Rahman said one item on the agenda was pledging full support for the leadership of Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg to ensure PBB remained strong, especially in view of the current wave of political issues cropping up in the state and country.

“At the same time, we will work together with GPS members and party leaders to make sure the state continues to develop in the right way with the programmes that have been outlined by the chief minister.”

Dr Abdul Rahman revealed that the meeting also discussed preparations for the next state election, which is due in 2021.

“Usually, the preparations start a year before the election, but this time, we do it much earlier for the coming 12th state election, which can happen in the first quarter or second quarter of 2021.”

PBB Pantai Damai has 41 sub-branches with 16,699 members and all information are disseminated or shared through an initiative called `Program Randau GPS’. It used to be called `Program Randau PBB’.

Information or issues shared are all deemed relevant for the villagers or residents at housing estate to know and that includes GPS’s struggles to reclaim the state’s rights and matters pertaining to the Petroleum Development Act 1974, Territorial Sea Act 2012 (TSA), the Mining Ordinance 1958 (OM0).

“Every member aged 20 will be prepared to be registered as a voter. This has always been our custom. When they reach the age of 21, they will be eligible to vote.”— DayakDaily