‘Put aside political differences to move Sarawak forward’

Willie (second right) receiving a token of appreciation from Kampung Bratan village chief Jafar Rabor (left). Second left is Mongin's wife Yee Chooi Ling.

KUCHING, June 4: Puncak Borneo Member of Parliament Willie Mongin wants the Bidayuhs to put aside their political differences and focus on the bigger picture of bringing development to the community.

Speaking at a Hari Gawai gathering at Kampung Bratan on Sunday night, he said he believed the Dayak community, like the others in Sarawak, would want to see better infrastructure, modernisation of facilities, and an abundance of jobs, especially for the younger generation.

“We all want poverty to be eradicated, and we all want Sarawak and Malaysia to achieve (greater) development.

“To those Bidayuhs with different political views, let us leave behind our political differences and work together for the betterment of our people,” he said.

Willie (second right) welcoming and ushering guests at the Kampung Bratan Gawai do, accompanied by PKR Women’s national vice-president Voon Shiak Ni (right).

Mongin assured those present that despite him being a Pakatan Harapan (PH) MP, he would support the state government’s development policies, as long as they are relevant to the modernisation processes, including job creation.

“I realise that political differences can become a challenge in achieving our transformation agenda. I hope that we, from PH, can work together with our friends from the other side (Sarawak Barisan Nasional) so that we can move the state forward.”

Mongin said he had several development plans in mind for Puncak Borneo, but he would not reveal them for now as the new PH government was still dealing with the high national debt.

Willie (fifth left) and his wife Yee Chooi Ling (fourth left) doing a Gawai toast on stage with grassroots and community leaders.

He, however, gave an assurance that he would solicit for funds from Putrajaya to ensure that Puncak Borneo in particular and Sarawak in general would continue to develop.

“My priority is the wellbeing of the people of Puncak Borneo and Sarawak, as a whole. As your elected representative, I will ensure that (Puncak Borneo) will receive development funds from the federal government.” — DayakDaily