By Ashley Sim
KUCHING, Nov 24: No political party should attempt to exploit and inflame racial and religious tensions for political gain, says Tupong assemblyman Fazzrudin Abdul Rahman.
Fazzrudin stated this today during his debate on the Supply (2023) Bill, 2022, which was tabled by Sarawak Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg on Monday (Nov 21) at the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) sitting here.
“We will never compromise on issues that are most important to Sarawakians, including our right to religious freedom.
“(And) no party should try to play and inflame racial and religious sentiments for political gain. Don’t be irresponsible and act as if you’re unaware you’re doing something that will cause racial tension.
“Nobody will emerge victorious. Sarawak and its people will suffer the most,” Fazzrudin claimed.
He continued stating, “Regardless of who becomes Prime Minister or which party leads the federal government, GPS (Gabungan Parti Sarawak) will continue to fight for our rights and the preservation of racial unity in Sarawak.”
Fazzrudin, who is also the chief political secretary to the Premier of Sarawak, suggested that the affordable housing development programmes be expanded and supplemented.
He also expressed gratitude to the government for restarting the project to widen Jalan Matang to four lanes.
“This road is one of the main thoroughfares in Kuching, and when finished, the main challenge will be the Emart roundabout.
“I request that the government look into the possibility of building a shallow underpass at the Jalan Matang roundabout, also known as the Emart Matang roundabout,” he added.
Furthermore, he requested that additional funds be allocated to the Kuching North City Hall (DBKU) and the Padawan Municipal Council (MPP) to ensure that the people’s projects can be implemented as soon as possible.
“I am confident that the current income of these bodies will not be sufficient to fund infrastructure projects.
“Instead of using the RTP (Rural Transformation Projects) allocation, the special project allocation can be coordinated with the RTP program,” he explained.
Furthermore, Fazzrudin stated that flood mitigation projects are a priority in urban areas, including the Tupong area, and that Pinang Java and Taman Sejoli are still dealing with the issue. — DayakDaily