Rural folks reminded to stay united, not quarrel among themselves

Abdullah (4th from left) presenting the RM1million cheque to Long Pillah's headman Saging Wan (4th from right) and witnessed by Dennis (on Abdullah's left).

By Brad Rantayy

MIRI, Nov 29: The rural community has been reminded to remain united and avoid political argument among themselves to ensure the smooth implementation of development projects.

Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department (Corporate Affairs and SarawaK Public Communication Unit) Abdullah Saidol also cautioned the community not to be easily influenced by Peninsular Malaysian politics with their never ending quarrels.

“Because nobody will gain any profit out of it, but only to cause disturbance to government development plans,” he said when speaking at the presentation of cheque amounting to RM1 million to Long Pillah’s Village Development and Security Committee (JKKK) for the funding of the village’s Pulung Masik Tagang (controlled fishing) system at Sungai Belingan, yesterday.

Long Pillah longhouse is a 100-year-old village with nearly 2,000 villagers.

The Pulung Masik Tagang system was among two development projects approved by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg during his visit to the longhouse last month to officiate the solar power project under the Sarawak Alternative Rural Electrificatio  Scheme (Sares).

The first was the RM15 million integrated recreational centre at Long Lama Rural Growth Centre.

“If we want development  to come to you, we need to do our part by supporting a government that have proven their capability,” Abdullah said.

He added, that past experiences have shown that only Sarawak political based parties with a collective, experience leaders at the helm will have pure, love and a genuine heart to develop the state.

Meanwhile, Telang Usan assemblyman Dennis Ngau was pleased  to see the steady progress taking place at Long Pillah longhouse and also in other longhouses or settlements  in his constituency, especially since 2011.

Thus, he called on the community to give their undivided support towards Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) to ensure development takes place smoothly.

“Do not be fooled by the propaganda of certain groups that are tyring to instigate the people for their own political agendas.

“The reality is, we, the rural community who need more development cannot afford to be in the opposition because all that happenings come to our constituency is due to Telang Usan being continuously under the “radar” of the state leaders and  government,” Dennis disclosed.

At the event cum Agriculture Community Outreach Programme (AgriCOP), Abdullah also presented cheques worth RM3,500 to Long Pillah’s JKKK; RM 3,500 to Long Pillah’s Saberkas and RM5,000 to Long Pillah’s Parents-Teachers Association (PTA). — DayakDaily