People of Ba’Kelalan won’t be easily hoodwinked, says GPS candidate Sam Laya

Laya (seated centre) listening to the views of community leaders of Ba'Kelalan.

KUCHING, Dec 10: The people of Ba’Kelalan who are now more well informed and understand Gabungan Parti Sarawak’s (GPS) struggles as well as the political climate and current affairs of Sarawak will not be easily instigated and hoodwinked by the Opposition.

Sam Laya, the new GPS candidate for N81 Ba’Kelalan, emphasised that the hard days under the Opposition have awakened the people of the highland community.

“They also desire to improve and elevate their socio-economic standing to be on par with other communities in Sarawak.

“Thus, I am here to hear your grievances and hardships that all of you have endured for the past 10 years as we work together to bring the much needed solutions and developments for Ba’Kelalan.

“It is GPS and my mission to bring about change and protect the rights of the people especially in Ba’Kelalan,” he said in a statement following a session with local community leaders in Lawas yesterday.

He believes that the knowledgeable and sensible people of Ba’Kelalan will be able to make their decision wisely, given the comprehensive and inclusive government policies and aspirations.

Laya also advised the community leaders to ensure that the right and accurate messages, especially government policies reached down to the people.

The lawyer, who is seeking his first term under GPS’s component Progressive Democratic Party (PDP), will attempt to wrest the Ba’Kelalan seat in a five-cornered fight this 12th Sarawak Election on Dec 18.

He will be facing three-term assemblyman and Selangau MP Baru Bian of Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB), Marten Labo of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), Peter Asut of Parti Bumi Kenyalang (PBK) and former PKR Wanita chief Agnes Padan as an independent.

Ba’Kelalan seat will be one of the most-watched battles in this election as the voters will soon choose a state representative among the five contenders, who are all from the Lun Bawang community. — DayakDaily