Get ready now, PBB grassroots leaders told

Uggah (centre) speaking at a dialogue session with the people at Rh. Legum in Serugup in Debak, yesterday, while Mohd Razi (left) looks on.

KUCHING, Nov 5: Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) grassroots leaders and supporters have been told to make their preparations for the coming 12th State Election.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, who is PBB deputy president, said the election will be full of new challenges.

“This is because it would be held while the state is still facing the Covid-19 pandemic,” said Uggah when speaking at a dialogue session with the people at Rh. Legum in Serugup in Debak, yesterday.

Saribas incumbent Mohd Razi Sitam and political secretary to the chief minister Dr Richard Rapu were among those present.

He noted there would be a number of restrictions in place.

“For instance, we will not be able to hold any mass gatherings for campaigning purposes like we used to do. We will have to rely on social media platforms, video conferencing and others to get our messages to the voters.

“Thus we need to have good presentation skills and the latest information on the government’s policies and plans to disseminate to the people in order to win their support,” he added.

On the election, Uggah said there would also be standard operating procedures in place which would be decided by the Health Ministry and the Election Commission (EC).

“Whatever they are, we have to abide by them for the sake of everyone’s safety,” he said.

Uggah opined that the voters in Saribas have always been supportive of the government in past elections and believed they would make the right decision again.

“I believe they will remain the same this coming election as they still need more development and progress,” he said.

At the function, he announced government grants totaling RM128,000 for a flood mitigation project, a farm road and funds for the village security and development committee and its women bureau group.

Mohd Razi in his speech said the people should give the mandate back to the government.

“GPS is a government of local leaders from local political parties.

“As we are all aware, it is still working very hard to claim back the state’s rights under the MA63 which have been eroded over the years.

“Our chief minister and members of his Cabinet too had done much to bring more development and progress. They are certainly in the position to do even more.

“As such they deserve our support. Let us again give all GPS candidates the opportunity and time to achieve even greater things for the state. We can do this by voting for all of them,” he said. – DayakDaily