Mulu to emulate Pantai Damai development success: Gerawat

Gerawat addressing Dr Abdul Rahman and his team, thanking the latter for their sharing session.

By Nancy Nais

KUCHING, Aug 18: Leaders from Mulu constituency will emulate the hard work and success stories of their comrades from Pantai Damai constituency, who have brought many changes to the area and its people.

Thanking Pantai Damai assemblyman Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi for sharing his experience on how he served his constituents in the last four terms since 2001, Mulu assemblyman Datuk Gerawat Gala said this particular constituency set an example for others to learn.

“I chose to visit Pantai Damai because they have done very well in terms of how they serve and reach out to the rakyat, well-organised leaders and staff including village chiefs, how they operate their service centre, efficient, leverage and how to work with non-governmental organisations (NGO) or stakeholders.”

He cited Dr Abdul Rahman’s election results, where he won the 2011 seat with a majority of 5,071 votes, which almost doubled when he stood for the 2016 state election, garnering a majority of 9,260 votes.

On top of that, Pantai Damai Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu Sarawak (PBB) also registered the highest number of memberships with approximately 16,600 members.

“They have a very special ‘mode of operating’ and it proves that he and his team are doing the right things,” Gerawat told reporters after attending the meeting today.

Meanwhile, Mulu was a new constituency created in 2015.

Gerawat won the seat, securing 3,198 votes in a four-corner fight with a majority of 1,708 votes.

“That is why my team and I from Mulu constituency are here today. From the sharing session, now we know why Pantai Damai has been very successful,” Gerawat said.

Thanking Dr Abdul Rahman and the team, he added that they will go back to Mulu and apply what they have learned.

Although there are differences with Pantai Damai being an urban area and Mulu located deep in the rural interior, Gerawat pointed out that these differences didn’t matter so long as the principles of how they served the rakyat are the same.

Believing in the term ‘sharing is caring’, Dr Abdul Rahman, who is also Sarawak’s Assistant Minister of Utilities (Water Supply) said he and his team were more than happy to share or teach their success stories to Gerawat and his Mulu team.—DayakDaily

Dr Abdul Rahman and Gerawat speaking to reporters