KUCHING: A total of 180 community leaders and BN supporters from Rajang River Basin (RRB) met with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak at Sri Perdana Hall at Putrajaya today.
Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr James Masing who headed the delegation said the visitors were served lunch with the highest dignity befitting international leaders at Sri Perdana, the venue which Najib has used to host international leaders including monarchs of other countries.
“The purpose we are visiting the prime minister is to say ‘thank you’ in person to him. The RRB has been a part much neglected before.
“However, the prime minister has made many visits to our place and gave us much infrastructure development, among them, a road linking to Kapit.
“In two years’ time, Kapit will no longer be an island where by that time, Kapit people can drive to any part of Sarawak, and even Sabah if they want,” Masing told DayakDaily today.
Masing who is also Infrastructure Development and Transportation Minister said the people of RRB also wanted to meet Najib to show their support for his leadership.
“We want to give our support to him, that he will continue to be the leader of BN,” said Masing who is Parti Rakyat Sarawak president.
He added the meeting was made possible because Najib also wanted to meet up with the community leaders, longhouse chiefs and BN supporters from RRB.
“The prime minister was also willing to meet our people who have been faithful supporters of BN,” said Masing.
The Rajang River Basin consisting of three parliamentary seats are rural constituencies which are large in size. The area of the three constituencies take up one-third of the total surface area of Sarawak .
Some towns along the Rajang River are still not connected by road and are only accessible by river transport. The best example is Kapit.
Kapit has been called an island because river transport is still the only way to connect the town to other parts of Sarawak.