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By William Isau
SIBU, July 3: The 15th General Election (GE15) is very important to the State as it is Sarawak’s “last chance” to reclaim its rights in line with Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).
Sarawak Deputy Premier Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian said the State needs a strong voice from the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) government in Parliament to demand its rights which have been eroded over the years.
“GE15 is very important. We need the strong support of the people of Sarawak to unite and give us (GPS) a mandate. This is all we have to take back our rights.
“If GPS is given the mandate in GE15, our efforts to claim our rights will be achieved,” he said while witnessing the Joint Oath Taking Ceremony for the committees of Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) Bukit Assek and Dudong branches today.
Also present were Deputy Minister of Public Health, Housing and Local Government-cum-SUPP Youth chief Michael Tiang, Bukit Assek assemblyman and SUPP Bukit Assek branch deputy chairman Joseph Chieng, Tanjung Batu assemblyman Johnny Pang, Senator Robert Lau, SUPP Dudong chairman Wong Ching Yong,and SUPP Bukit Assek chairman Dato Chieng Buong Toon.
Dr Sim, who is the SUPP president, said the spirit of unity and cooperation among the communities in the State is needed to help continue the GPS government’s efforts for that purpose.
This spirit, he said, was not only for one segment but all the people of Sarawak in general.
“If our rights are restored, the people of Sarawak will enjoy more development as a result of our income and power in accordance with MA63,” said Dr Sim who is also the Minister of Public Health, Housing and Local Government.
Meanwhile, he urged party members to remain loyal to the party in serving the people.
According to him, party members must be always ready to put up a fight in any situation and not get tired of being with the party.
“I would like to congratulate our party members who have sacrificed and remain loyal to us to this day. The party must function well whether in difficult or easy times,” he added. — DayakDaily