SUPP Dudong chief pledges to highlight longhouse residents’ woes

Wong (standing front, sixth right) in a group photo with residents of Rumah Chendang in Sungai Assan.

SIBU, Nov 5: Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) leader has agreed to help Tuai Rumah Chendang in Sungai Assan address three pressing issues affecting his longhouse.

According to SUPP Dudong chairman Wong Ching Yong in a press statement, he would try his best to raise the local issues with the relevant authorities.

“I also promise that if I am elected as the state assemblyman for Dudong, I will repair the wooden bridge across Sungai Assan as soon as possible,” he said, when visiting the longhouse, on Sunday (Nov 3).

Tuai Rumah Chendang also requested for Wong to help solve three issues affecting the residents, namely flooding, bridge repairs and also an application to the Sibu Rural District Council (SRDC) to build modern public toilets for tourists who stay in their area.

Meanwhile, Wong also called on the longhouse residents to reject the formation of the Federal Village Community Management Council (MPKKP) as it would cause severe disunity within the community.

He pointed out the state government had already established Village Development and Security Committees (JKKKs) 20 years ago in order to serve and deliver the needed assistance to the people.

“Notwithstanding the overlapping of roles, MPKKP is a complete waste of taxpayers’ money as the chairman of each MPKK enjoys a salary of RM500 per month and the secretary is given RM300 per month,” he added.

Wong also reminded longhouse residents to strongly support the leadership of Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg because the upcoming state election will be the mother of all battles between West Malaysian parties and Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) which comprises local political parties Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), SUPP, Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) and Progressive Democratic Party (PDP).

He opined all Sarawakians must support local parties because only local political parties can truly protect and fully understand the rights of the people of Sarawak, including all the privileges stipulated in the Malaysia Agreement 1963.

During the visit, the residents of Rumah Chendang were provided with medical and eye screening tests, following which they were also given medical advice and reading glasses. — DayakDaily