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By Karen Bong
KUCHING, Jan 19: Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) Youth and Women wings will begin their nine-day rally from the north to the south of Sarawak tomorrow to introduce the coalition’s newly launched hornbill logo to the people, especially the older generation.
Assistant Minister of Youth and Sports Datuk Snowdan Lawan revealed that the convoy would see the participation of some 60 youths and women from the four component parties in vehicles with GPS’ hornbill logos to promote the new symbol across the state.
“We will be travelling from Lawas to Lundu and making 19 stops (in total),” he told reporters after the ceremony to introduce the GPS logo and song officiated at by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg at the Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Headquarters here today.
“We are going down to the ground and reaching out to the people, especially in the rural areas, as fast as we can to introduce them to the GPS hornbill logo and get them to recognise and remember it,” he said.
On concerns about how rural folk will perceive the new logo, Snowdan, who is Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) Youth chief, shared that there had been efforts to hint to the rural communities that the new logo will feature a hornbill.
“Of course, they have no idea how it would look like before this launching, but I have immediately shared the logo upon its unveiling in my social media chat groups, so all the community leaders and village chieftains will get to see and recognise it,” he reckoned.
“But we need to reach out to the older people, in particular, so they can get to know that the hornbill is the new logo representing GPS and no longer BN (Barisan Nasional) and the ‘dacing’ logo, which the older generation is too familiar with.”
On the logo concept, Snowdan emphasised that the magnificent hornbill, which is a totally protected species in Sarawak, perfectly reflected Sarawakian leaders’ commitment and strength to protecting Sarawak’s interests and rights with all their might.
“This is the best and right logo to represent GPS. We are happy and proud of this new logo. It is easy to remember and when the election comes, it is easy to recognise as well.
“Most importantly, it spells out our commitment to protect Sarawak rights as enshrined in Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) and our mission to bring more development, including infrastructure, education and agriculture, to the rural areas,” he said. — DayakDaily