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SELANGAU, May 1: Barisan Nasional-Parti Rakyat Sarawak (BN-PRS) candidate Rita Insol is asking constituents here to give her the opportunity to be the first female Dayak Member of Parliament.
Introducing herself to the locals while attending the official opening of a bridge and 4km gravel road in Ulu Kakus today, Rita promised to make a difference for the people of Selangau.
“I am born and bred in Selangau. I worked as legal advisor to Bintulu Port Authority and upon my early retirement, I became involved in planting oil palm and helped to form the Dayak Oil Palm Planters Association (DOPPA).”
Apart from setting up DOPPA, Rita also helped to form Sarawak Dayak Iban Ladies Association in Bintulu and headed it for 17 years.
“Wth my experience in NGOs, now I hope to use my social experience to be a Malaysian legislator.
“I need your help to bring our problems, especially women’s needs, to Parliament. Come May 9, please vote for BN in Selangau.
“Your help will make history by bringing the first Dayak woman to be a Member of Malaysian Parliament,” said Rita.
The bridge and the 4km gravel road in Ulu Kakus, will benefit 25 longhouses upon completion.
While at the function, the residents of the 25 longhouses raised queries about the latest development in the construction of the 19km connecting road from their longhouses to Jalan Samarakan which was promised by former Selangau MP Datuk Joseph Entulu Belaun and former Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal.
The road promised in GE13 had a price tag of RM22 million but did not materialise.
Meanwhile PRS president Tan Sri James Masing who was present at the function said he was impressed by Rita’s ability in public speaking.
“The Malaysian Parliament will be in for a pleasant surprise when Rita makes her debut in Parliament after GE14,” Masing told DayakDaily.
He had confidence that Rita would win comfortably in Selangau.
Also present were Kakus assemblyman Datuk John Sikie, Tamin assemblyman Christopher Gira and Samalaju assemblyman Majang Renggi. — DayakDaily