DAP branches start preparations for state polls

Mordi (seated centre) in a group photo with the working committee members, namely (seated from left) Sanjan Daik, a political secretary to Chong Chieng Jen, and DAP Mambong chairman Chang Hon Hiung. Standing from left are DAP Serian chairman Edward Luak, Bunsin Kalun and Simon.

KUCHING, June 22: Mas Gading MP Mordi Bimol has set up the ‘Mas Gading-Puncak Borneo- Serian’ (MPS) Working Committee together with DAP Mambong and Serian branches to prepare for the next state election, which is due in 2021.

The formation of the MPS Working Committee was done under the instruction of the State DAP Committee.

According to a press release, the MPS Working Committee has been tasked with discussing matters affecting Bidayuh-majority seats, as well as those concerning the Chinese and Malay communities within the area.

A cooperative development and project coordination among these three DAP branches were discussed during a meeting to ensure DAP can deliver its service to the public with more impact and efficiency.

“Although PH (Pakatan Harapan) has won two out of three Bidayuh-majority parliamentary seats, we should not loosen our guard but work harder in our constituencies, be more on the ground and help the rakyat to voice out their frustrations,” said Mordi.

He also believed that Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) would try all means to stop the people from approaching PH representatives.

“The recent case is the letter issued to community leaders and native chiefs by the Lundu District Office to tell them that they are not allowed to participate or attend events and programmes not hosted by the state government or approved bodies,” he said.

Mordi, however, added that the directive was not clear enough. It did not indicate which bodies and societies were approved by the state government

“So, which body and society are not approved by the state government? I don’t blame the community leaders. They are stuck in between.

“It’s very sad that our people have to suffer such consequences when the PH government is trying to help the rural community but it is discouraged by the GPS state government,” he lamented.

Thus, Mordi urged GPS to stop politicising the issue and to allow everyone to work directly with the people.

“After all, we are all Sarawakians and share the same fruits of the development on our land,” he opined.

On the other hand, the MPS Working Committee will collaborate with Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) on managing these eight constituencies to ensure better performance and that all strategies could be executed in the future.

The eight Bidayuh-majority state seats are Tasik Biru, Mambong, Kedup and Bukit Semuja, which were contested by the DAP, while Opar, Serembu, Tarat and Tebedu were contested by PKR during the last election in 2016. — DayakDaily