Bau Blueprint not election manifesto but roadmap for development, says Tasik Biru rep

Henry (front row, second right) together with GPS grassroots members give a cheer before inspecting the Dataran Bazaar Krokong site.

By Karen Bong

KUCHING, Dec 12: The Blueprint for Bau District 2016-2030 is not merely a manifesto but a roadmap to see development plans translated successfully on the ground alongside the state government’s vision to make Sarawak a developed state.

The blueprint will be launched by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg at the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) Leaders’ ‘Meet The People’ programme at Dataran Bazaar Krokong in Bau here this Saturday (Dec 14).

Tasik Biru assemblyman Datuk Henry Harry Jinep emphasised that this is not a manifesto in view of the election but the reality of plans to be executed, implemented and materialised.

“When this blueprint is launched, it is not empty talk but this is the bible that we have to live with it.

“Bau people do not want to be left behind (from the mainstream of development). We must not miss this opportunity to grow and progress in line with the state government’s policy towards making Sarawak a developed state by 2030,” he told reporters when visiting the site for the upcoming GPS programme today.

The blueprint was designed through close collaboration between Opar, Serembu, Tasik Biru and Batu Kitang constituencies which are under the Bau state constituency.

The roadmap covers eight components to enhance Bau’s socio-economic well-being including infrastructure, agriculture, industry, tourism, capacity building, land matters, housing and publications for archival sources.

Henry thus called on the people of Bau, including the Bidayuh who make up the majority of the population, as well as Chinese, Malay and other races to work together with the GPS state government to realise this blueprint in the next 10 years.

“We must support GPS. We won’t lose anything by supporting GPS,” he said.

He pointed out that the unity among the Bidayuh communities in the four constituencies is solid.

“They are working well with state leaders and elected representatives and are united. We want to win all the four Bidayuh seats under Zone 4A,” he stressed.

On the GPS Leaders’ ‘Meet The People’ programme, Henry said some 4,000 people are expected to attend the event which will start at 8am.

The programme will also witness the presentation of 600 land titles issued under Section 18 of the State Land Code to landowners, with most from Bau and some from Lundu.

“Giving out land titles is a continuous programme and this will be the third time it has been conducted in Bau for this year.

“This again shows that the GPS government is giving out the titles progressively and not only during election. More titles will be issued but it takes time for the Land and Survey Department,” Henry said.

The GPS programme will be kicked off with three talks touching on commercial agriculture for Native Customary Rights (NCR) land, ‘Why GPS?’ and Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) starting at 8am.

The speakers are Ministry of Modernisation of Agriculture, Native Land and Regional Development (MANRED)’s Commercialisation and Industrial Training Section head Dr Gluma Saban, Kapit MP Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi and Santubong MP Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar. — DayakDaily