PRS leader challenges See to get federal funds for rural roads

Sempurai Petrus Ngelai

KUCHING, August 25: Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) supreme council member Sempurai Petrus Ngelai advised the Works Ministry’s special officer See Chee How to focus his energy on getting money from the federal coffer to build roads in rural Sarawak, instead of wasting time on “petty politics” and attempting to kill road projects initiated by the state government.

In a statement, Sempurai told See that whatever PRS president Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing had announced concerning travelling time savings and road lengths were actually public knowledge because the state Public Works Department (JKR) had released the details earlier this month.

“Tan Sri is never confused and has been consistent with what he wanted to do in the provision of road connectivity to the rural communities,” said Sempurai, who is also PRS Dudong Division chairman.

Sempurai said this in response to an announcement by See yesterday that he intended to lodge a complaint with the Speaker of Sarawak Legislative Assembly to refer Masing, who is also deputy chief minister, to the Committee of Privileges.

See claimed Masing had breached his privilege by providing “confusing and untruthful” details of the RM6 billion Second Trunk Road project during the November 2017 and July 2018 sittings and also in a statement published by DayakDaily on Aug 21.

Sempurai observed that See, who is also Batu Lintang assemblyman, had changed after Pakatan Harapan (PH) came to power in the May 9 polls.

“See visibly has changed direction once in government and is unable to honour his responsibility to build roads for Sarawak.

“He should not waste his time with petty politics against the Ministry of Infrastructure Development and Transportation (of which Masing is its minister). Instead, he should find the money from the federal government to provide more rural roads to Sarawak,” argued Sempurai.

He said all the brouhaha kicked-up by See of late was actually the state PKR vice chairman’s attempt to divert attention from his failure to get funds from his political masters in the peninsula to build a bridge across the mighty Batang Lupar. — DayakDaily