KUCHING, Sept 12: The people ought to be thankful to both state and federal governments for ensuring that peace, harmony, and prosperity continued to reign in the country, said Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas.
According to Uggah, above all, and especially now, both governments have been very proactive in initiating effective steps in order to protect the public against the contagious Covid-19 pandemic.
“The state Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) government, for instance, had set aside RM60 million to lessen the people’s burden. Likewise, the federal government had done the same with special financial aid.
“Thus, we must be thankful for our caring and concerned state and federal government. With the coming state election, we should reciprocate by giving GPS government our full support,” he said when officiating the Betong Information Department Merdeka@Komuniti programme in conjunction with the Merdeka Month celebration 2020, held at Rumah Kelimbang Jaman in Penyuluk, Ulu Layar, in Betong, today.
At the same time, Uggah reminded the longhouses community in Bukit Saban constituency to remain on their guard and always wear a face mask when visiting larger towns and cities.
He said the local community should also be cautious of unknown outsiders, especially the illegal immigrants who try to enter their longhouses.
“They may be having the disease (Covid-19) but are asymptomatic, and the positive cases in the state now are mainly imported cases,” he added.
During the program, Uggah, who is also the minister-in-charge of the Unit for Other Religions (Unifor), presented a cheque of RM150,000 to the St. John’s Chapel committee in Nanga Tiga for the purpose of the chapel construction.
He also announced a government grant of RM93,000 to the 31-door longhouses in Rumah Kelimbang for its repair fund, and another RM70,000 for a road project.
Also present were political secretary to the chief minister Dr. Richard Rapu and an assistant director of the State Information Department Nicholas Balawing.–DayakDaily.