Deputy Premier: Sarawak govt agrees to allocate MRP funds to opposition-controlled Bawang Assan

Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian (file photo)

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By William Isau

SIBU, June 10: The Sarawak government has agreed to allocate minor rural project (MRP) funds for the Bawang Assan constituency.

Referring to it as ‘sunshine’ for the constituency, Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) president Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian shared that Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg has agreed to it.

However, Dr Sim did not reveal the amount involved as discussions are still taking place with the local authority.

“We are still in discussions with the Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) and the Senator (Robert Lau) to determine which projects will be implemented first.

“We want to thank Abang Johari for his confidence in SUPP to oversee the projects,” said Dr Sim at the SUPP Bawang Assan’ Ngiling Bidai’ ceremony today.

He added that the meeting (with SMC and Lau) was needed because the implementing agency is not SUPP but a government agency.

In line with this, Dr Sim, who is also Sarawak Minister of Public Health, Housing, and Local Government, urged the people, especially party members, to work together to take back the Bawang Assan seat for Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS).

He emphasised that winning the seat is crucial to secure more funding for the constituency’s development.

“If we don’t win, we can only ‘tengok saja’ (look only). The Premier is generous by providing a small allocation. What matters is that we must take action to ensure victory. Winning (the seat) is crucial for more allocation,” he said.

Bawang Assan is currently under the opposition with Parti Sarawak Bersatu’s (PSB) Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh as its elected representative. — DayakDaily