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By William Isau
SIBU, Dec 7: GPS candidate for N51 Bukit Assek, Joseph Chieng has unveiled his six-point election manifesto.
The manifesto touches on the development of infrastructure facility and well-being of the people.
Speaking at a press conference at his Bukit Assek service centre, Chieng said his manifesto include materialising the Bukit Assek redevelopment plan, construction of a new polyclinic, building of affordable homes for the poor, building a link road between Jalan Wong King Hou and Sibu Airport, building a flood mitigation plan for Sentosa and materialising the MA63 Agreement for Sarawak to become equal partners with Peninsula Malaysia.
Present at the press conference were Bukit Assek SUPP branch chairman, Dato Chieng Buong Toon and his election agent Kapitan Pang Liong Huat.
“My manifesto touches on the overall development of Bukit Assek. If I am elected, I will fulfill this manifesto. By then development will not only be felt in Bukit Assek, but Sibu town as a whole as Bukit Assek is the heartbeat of Sibu,” he said.
A naval architect by profession, Chieng, 46, claimed that there is not much development but “backwardness” in Bukit Assek in the last 20 to 30 years.
“So now is the time for change. The Jalan Oya Polyclinic built in 1990 by the late Datuk Patinggi Dr Wong Soon Kai can no longer accommodate the increasing patients. Before the MCO, it was taking i 1,500 patients a day which was over the limit so a new one needs to be built,” he said.
He added that a piece of land needs to be identified and funds from the Federal Government would be required for the project.
On affordable housing, he explained that they would be aimed at first time homeowners, especially the youth.
Chieng is also looking at asking the government to build another link road to the airport so as to ease traffic congestion in the area.
As for the flood mitigation plan for Sentosa, he said a sum of RM25 million has already been approved by the government but he wanted to ensure that the project would be carried out within the next five years.
Bukit Assek has a total of 27,636 voters where 89 per cent of them are Chinese and the remainder are Bumiputera. — DayakDaily