KAPIT, Jan 15: The rural community must reject the propaganda by Pakatan Harapan (PH), epecially involving land issues.
Hulu Rejang Member of Parliament (MP) Datuk Wilson Ugak Kumbong advised people here to get all the facts straight and not to be easily fooled by fake news or misreported information spread online.
“Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas has settled the issues relating to ‘Pemakai Menoa’ (territotial domain) and ‘Pulau Galau’ (communal forest reserve),” he emphasised during the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) Flag Rally pitstop at Edison Bugap Longhouse in Melekun River here last night.
“So please make sure to get the correct information and understanding of the land issue. Check with us if you are not sure of the information you see and read online,” he urged.
Ugak cautioned that PH was using social media to influence the younger generation into believing that GPS has neglected the rural people.
“This is the PH agenda to weaken GPS but we are not afraid of such tactics, and rest assured we will not stop doing our best to serve the people,” he said.
Kapit was the fourth leg of the GPS Flag Rally Convoy. The convoy was greeted and welcomed on arrival at Edison Bugap Longhouse with a traditional Iban ceremony.
The flag rally programme at the 42-door longhouse, which was attended by some 1,000 people, started with a ‘miring’ ceremony and poem reciting session.
Bukit Goram assemblyman Jefferson Jamit Unyat emphasised that all GPS members should explain to every community about the state-based pact’s new S-shaped logo.
“The logo of a hornbill is the determinant of Sarawak’s future,” he said.
Emphasising that only a local party can feel the pulse of the people, he added that Sarawakians should not switch their support to another coalition that has yet to prove itself.
Meanwhile, Pelagus assemblyman Wilson Nyabong Ijang said residents of the Kapit and Hulu Rejang parliamentary constituencies should continue to support GPS in the coming state election.
“In the past, we have many restraints under Barisan Nasional (BN) but today, we are free and can set our own policies and chart the direction of our future to ensure a greater Sarawak,” he shared while urging the younger generation to think and weigh their options carefully.
Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Youth chief Gerald Rentap Jabu, who led the convoy, told the longhouse community to be a little more patient for development projects in Kapit to materialise.
“Some major projects like road construction takes time. I feel your hardships as we have experienced them along our journey in this tour,” he said.
“But GPS will deliver our promises. If the federal government does not want to help us, the Sarawak government would take over the responsibility for the cancelled or stalled projects,” he added.
Gerald together with Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) Youth chief Datuk Snowdan Lawan, Machan assemblyman Allan Siden Gramong and Serembu assemblyman Miro Simuh announced a RM10,000 grant for the Melekun River Village Development and Security Committee (JKKK) and another RM10,000 to the Melekun River Women’s Bureau, while Wilson Nyabong contributed RM3,000 to the Melekun River JKKK.
The convoy is heading to Sarikei and Betong today.
Tomorrow, they will stop in Sri Aman, Balai Ringin and Serian followed by Siburan, Bau, Lundu and Batu Kawah on Jan 17. Sadong Jaya and Kota Samarahan will be the last two stops of the rally journey on Jan 18.
The Flag Rally tour will wrap up with the official launching of GPS by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg on Jan 19 at Stadium Perpaduan in Petra Jaya, Kuching. — DayakDaily