By Peter Sibon
KUCHING, Nov 29: The residents of Opar state constituency across its 58 villages are eager for a change in order to gain access to Rural Transformation Programme (RTP) projects, according to SUPP Opar chairman Niponi Undek.
He said since their current elected representatives MP Morni Bimol of Democratic Action Party (DAP) and Opar assemblyman Datuk Ranum Mina of Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB), are in the opposition at the national and state levels respectively, it has resulted in the people being deprived of RTP development projects.
“Since both our YBs are in the opposition, there are no RTP projects for Opar. Because of that, the people are deprived of development.
“On my part, I have tried to assist the local community to apply for RTP funds especially those who have the accounts,” the Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) Opar chairman told DayakDaily here today.
RTP is implemented by the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) state government to fund various projects for rural communities with RM5 million allocated annually for each state constituency. RTP funds are managed by the Resident’s Office whereby elected representatives will provide them with a list of projects to be implemented.
Additionally, each GPS elected representative would be allocated RM2 million annually in Minor Rural Project (MRP) funds and another RM1 million for housing repairs and maintenance works.
On politics, Niponi revealed he and his team comprising members of other GPS component parties have visites almost all the 58 villages in Opar to promote GPS.
“So far so good, the people are receptive towards GPS. We will continue our efforts to promote GPS in Opar,” he added.
Meanwhile, Niponi disclosed that the SUPP Opar Branch Working Committee (BWC) held its meeting at his house at Kampung Tibaro yesterday, with thirteen out of its fifteen BWC members present.
“To date, the SUPP Opar Branch together with other GPS component parties have visited 95 per cent of the villages in the Opar constituency and the election machinery have been formed.
“Now, our branch is ever-ready for the state election,” said Niponi. — DayakDaily