‘Sarawak should rely on local parties as has been sidelined by federal govt’

Tengah (fourth from left) getting ready to cut the 'pulut kuning' cake while Lukanisman (third from left), Ripin (on Awang Tengah's left) and other guests look on.

By Jaythaleela K

MIRI, June 23: The federal government is no longer giving priority to Sarawak, hence, there is no reason for Sarawak to rely on outsiders (political parties).

“We can determine our own future, as long as the people of Sarawak give their full support to our local-based political parties instead of peninsula-based parties,” opined Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan.

“In order to ensure Sarawak continues to grow in terms of development, the people of Sarawak should give their unvidided support to the leadership of our current leaders under the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS).

“Your strong support to us will ensure that this state (Sarawak) will continue growing in all aspects,” he assured.

Speaking at the ‘Majlis Melanggar Meja and Ramah Tamah Aidilfitri’ event held on Saturday night in Bekenu, Awang Tengah added that since Pakatan Harapan (PH) took over the government after the 14th General Election, it seems to be shutting down the Sarawak government, by slashing a number of crucial projects.

“Ever since the PH government took over, many projects meant to benefit the rakyat have been slashed,…indicating that Sarawak is not their (federal government) priority,” he said.

Therefore, he called on Sarawakians to enhance their unity and give their undivided support to local-based political parties to determined their future.

“sarawak is our country, we have rights in this country, hence, it is our responsibility to defend it according to what has been enshrined in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63),” he said.

Meanwhile, on another matter, Awang Tengah gave assurance that he would convey all proposed development projects under Sibuti parliamentary constituency to the Chief Minister for consideration.

Earlier on, Sibuti MP Lukanisman Awang Sauni in his opening speech, brought up Kampung Kuala Niah residents’ request for upgrading works on a road leading to their village.

Lukanisman said the road frequently floods during the rainy season.

The proposed project will involve a cost of RM1.5 million to upgrade 3km of road.

Also present was Lambir assemblyman Ripin Lamat.

awang Tengah was representing Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg at the event.

A total of 55 booths were set up for the event, with 46 villages taking part. Awang Tengah later visited the booths. — DayakDaily