By Jaythaleela K
MIRI, March 26: The various development projects announced by Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg during his visit to Marudi constituency on March 20 have exceeded the locals’ expectations, said Marudi assemblyman Datu Dr Penguang Manggil.
“It is beyond our expectations,” he said when met after receiving 53 new membership applications forms from Long Sepiling residents to join Progressive Democratic Party (PDP), handed over by James Mering on Tuesday at a hotel here.
He added, the announcement of projects worth RM52.14 million announced during Abang Johari’s visit to Marudi and RM160 million for Lapok, Tinjar district recently was testament to his stance as the rakyat’s representative.
“Within two years and 10 months after being elected as Marudi ADUN, we have been given numerous development projects. It shows how the Sarawak government is committed to serving the rakyat.
“I am not biased. We have systematic and comprehensive planning for the people of Marudi and… it’s all about the rakyat,” he pointed out.
On the membership applications into PDP which he received today, Penguang said it was very encouraging and good for Marudi constituency.
“People can see and judge for themselves,” he said.
Apart from Long Sepiling, residents of two other longhouses have also submitted membership applications to Penguang, with 22 from Tuai Rumah Gangsa and 78 from Tuai Rumai Salin.
Those applying were from Sarawak National Party (SNAP) and Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak (PBDS).
“If there are other parties that say they are friendly to GPS (Gabungan Parti Sarawak), what is their mission and what do they actually want to do? Are they saying that they are better than GPS?” he questioned.
He added, GPS is a platform where all of its coalition parties speak in one voice.
Penguang also appealed to those who have yet register as members with any political party to join PDP.
“Either you join PDP, SUPP (Sarawak United Peoples’ Party), PRS (Parti Rakyat Sarawak) or PBB (Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu), which is all for Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS), which I believe is an excellent platform to pursue Sarawakians’ agenda. GPS is made up of locally-based parties which helps determine our future,” he said.
Earlier, Pemanca Enggah Muga and eight other community chiefs from Lapok, Tinjar areas and Penghulu Edrews Abdul Ghapar representing community leaders in Marudi voiced their undivided support for Abang Johari.
“We thank Abang Jo for the development projects that have been given to Marudi and Lapok, Tinjar during his recent visi; they exceeded our expectations,” they said. — DayakDaily