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By Jaythaleela K
MIRI, Dec 1: Constituents from the remote areas of Mulu and Telang Usan have been told not to get too carried away by the opposition parties’ ‘sweet’ promises.
Instead as a small community, the Orang Ulu should stand with their leaders, says Mulu incumbent Dato Gerawat lat night.
Speaking at the launching of the Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) election machinery for Telang Usan and Mulu in Miri, he said it will be a disadvantage for the Orang Ulu if they supported the opposition.
“Don’t get blur (sic) by them on the government of the day,” he pointed out.
Gerawat reminded constituents in Mulu and Telang Usan to vote wisely and vote for a candidate who has a proven track record in bringing development to their areas.
“To develop remote areas such as Telang Usan and Mulu is not cheap, this is the fact and reality. In order to bring development into our areas, we need a stable government like GPS (Gabungan Parti Sarawak),” he said.
He also alluded to the Orang Ulu community which only makes up only about six per cent of Sarawak’s population of about 2.8 million and emphasised the community needed to be united as one.
“Just like boat paddlers during the Baram Regatta, we paddle our boats until the finishing line as one team and become champion,” he pointed out.
Gerawat also pointed out that the Orang Ulu held six out of 82 State assembly seats, and two out of 222 Parliamentary seats.
However, GPS did not win the Ba’kelalan State seat in the last State election.
Gerawat asserted that it is only when the Orang Ulu community stands united that their voices can be heard at both the federal and State level.
Thus, he called on the community to stand united and rally their support behind GPS.
The PBB Telang Usan and Mulu election machinery was launched by PBB permanent chairman Tan Sri Datuk Amar Mohamad Asfia Awang Nassar at Eastwood Golf and Country Club.
Also present during the launch last night were political secretary to the Chief Minister Charles Balan Seling, Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) Youth chief Robert Ayu and Telang Usan incumbent Dennis Ngau. — DayakDaily