Sibuti MP outlines his plans for his constituency

Lukanisman Awang Sauni

MIRI, August 16: Ever since he was elected as Sibuti MP 100 days go, Lukanisman Awang Sauni has been on his feet meeting his constituents, gathering public feedback and attending countless community events.

He had won in the May 9 polls with a 3,676-vote majority over Zulaihi Bakar@Anai Zulai from PAS and Jemat Panjang from Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR).

In terms of development funds, he said he was grateful to Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg for the annual RM5 million allocation for Rural Transformation Programme (RTP) projects.

“I have also been allocated RM900,000 for distribution to Christian places of worship under Unifor (Unit for other Religions),” he said.

He had also disbursed RM84,000 to 42 primary schools and RM510,000 to 54 Parent-Teacher Associations (PTAs) and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Sibuti to fulfil the promises made by former Sibuti MP Datuk Ahmad Lai Bujang.

Lukanisman also has plans for youths, including for online activities.

“I am in the process of opening a youth parliamentary centre in Bekenu. I would like to turn the Miri Resident Building into a youth innovation centre,” he said as a matter-of-factly.

Reflecting on the last 100 days, he admitted he had to familiarise himself as Putrajaya was no longer under the Barisan Nasional (BN) and the relationship between federal departments and the state leadership was no longer the same.

He said before he attended his first-ever Parliament session, he held meetings with community leaders to gather feedback on issues that needed to be raised in the Dewan Rakyat.

On the Pakatan Harapan government, he noted they were under pressure to fulfil their 100-day pledges and that most of their policies were mirror images of the BN’s.

“Most of the statements made in Parliament are not convincing and do not give a real picture of what the PH government plans to do.

“I also regret the new government’s decision to cancel all small projects in Sibuti, costing between RM2 million and RM3 million in all,” he said.

In appealing to his constituents to continue to give him their undivided support, Lukanisman said he had been using social media to reach out to the community.

“I am currently preparing a service centre in Bekenu and a Sibuti parliamentary office in Taman Tunku. They will be ready next month,” he added. — DayakDaily