Fatimah: Be vigilant, don’t be complacent in preserving Sarawak’s unity

Fatimah (lower left) delivering her winding-up speech in the august House.

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By Karen Bong

KUCHING, Nov 12: Sarawakians have been told to not be complacent and always stay vigilant to safeguard the racial, religious harmony in the state.

Welfare, Community Well Being, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister, Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah, said there are always disguised efforts going around to disrupt the much treasured unity in Sarawak.

She added that the state-ruling Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) government would not waver in its efforts and commitment to fight for Sarawak despite the many hurdles and obstacles put up by the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government.

She opined that the Pakatan government is prepared to sacrifice Sarawak’s harmony on the grounds of narrow political agenda. She cited the setting up of the Federal Village Community Management Council (MPKKP) as an example.

“When the Village Development and Security Committee (JKKK) has proven to be an effective machinery to coordinate development initiatives at the grassroot level, the federal government chose to introduce MPKKP to Sarawak, which has triggered suspicion and distrust among fellow Sarawakians.

“To add salt to injury, our very own Sarawak MP, a native son of Sarawak, who has time and again claimed that he is fighting for Sarawaks right, has recently announced that the Pakatan government will not continue the payment of the RM500 allowances for JKKKs in Sarawak,” Fatimah said in her ministerial winding-up speech at the DUN sitting here today.

The Dalat assemblywoman said in this context, it is a timely reminder to all state elected representatives and MPs to work hard and fight for Sarawak rights and preserving the state’s unity.

She added that the state government has implemented the Sarawak Solidarity Programme 2019 to enhance and strengthened the unity and understanding among the various race and religion.

The programme comprised of three components namely Integration and Solidarity Sarawak Plan (RISS), Solidarity Walk Sarawak and Solidarity Ride Sarawak.

“Hopefully, our genuine objectives can be achieved despite the ‘thousand hurricanes’ (hurdles) brought by the Pakatan government, hitting Sarawak. The GPS government will not give up,” she said. — DayakDaily