Sarawak Patriots survey reveals 75.8% oppose MPKKP set up

Datuk John Lau Pang Heng

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KUCHING, Oct. 30: The majority respondents in a survey conducted by the Sarawak Patriots Association (SPA) in the past five days expressed disagreement with the implementation of the Federal Village Community Management Council (MPPKP).

SPA chairman Datuk John Lau Pang Heng said the survey, which ended yesterday, was carried out through phone interviews involving 1,200 respondents.

“As of midnight Oct 29, about 75.8 per cent of the respondents were not in favour of the federal government’s formation of the MPKKP. Only 24.2 per cent supported the move.

“Those who opposed felt that the federal government needs to have a dialogue with the Sarawak government to find an amicable solution. They said the current JKKK (Village Development and Security Committee) is working very well in Sarawak to coordinate government projects,” Lau said in a statement.

On the 24.2 per cent of those who supported the formation of MPKKP in Sarawak, he added that the respondents respected the decision of the federal government of the day.

Lau said the respondents are all Sarawakians aged between 30 and 65, with 45 per cent female to 55 per cent male. The respondents have full time jobs and were already in the association’s phone survey database, he added.

He said three questions were asked its five research assistants during the each phone interview, which lasted on an average of three minutes.

Respondents were asked whether they support the setting up of the MPKKP in the state, as well as providing reasons to their supporting or non-support of the MPKKP initiative.

On his own personal views, Lau deemed the implementation of the MPKKP in Sarawak as akin to the federal government’s intrusion to control the villages the state. He believed this would be a conflict to the Malaysia Agreement 1963.

“Many promises made by the Pakatan Harapan government in the 14th general election has not been fulfilled. SPA is asking the federal government to fulfil their promises to Sarawak,” Lau said. — DayakDaily