Uggah: All opponents are formidable challengers

In the Bukit Saban seat, Uggah is facing (from left) PKR's Mikail and PSB's Andria.

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SPAOH, Dec 6: Facing two newcomers in the N37 Bukit Saban seat, incumbent Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas is not letting it evoke a nonchalant and overconfident attitude when it comes to his campaigners and himself.

The deputy chief minister, who is defending the Iban majority seat for the second time, emphasised that Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) takes every election very seriously.

“We treat all our opponents as formidable opponents. We must never be unduly overconfident.

“So I am reminding my supporters to never be overconfident as at the end of the day, we may regret it.

“We must make sure that our machinery is well oiled and in top gear to take on any challenges along the way,” he told the press when met after filing his nomination forms before Election Commission (EC) returning officer Charlie Keling at the Spaoh Sub-District office here today.

Uggah was also a seven-term member of parliament (MP) for Betong constituency which includes Bukit Saban.

The ultimate aim, he said, is to win and to make sure GPS forms the government again after this election.

“GPS has shown itself to be a capable government in the last five years in governing Sarawak.

“This is in terms of keeping the people united and in bringing progress and prosperity,” he added.

Meanwhile, Uggah, who is former State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman, reminded all Sarawakians and those involved in the election to observe the standard operating procedures (SOP) in place to curb the Covid-19 pandemic.

“I will continue to remind my supporters that while we are making all efforts in campaigning, we must always comply with the SOP.

“We do not want a similar situation where Sabah after its September 2020 state election, had suddenly experienced a sudden surge in Covid-19 cases,” he said.

He pointed out that due to the high compliance, Melaka which had held its state election last month had not experienced any sudden increase in cases.

“Health is after all very important to all of us. We certainly want to win but we want to safeguard our health as well,” he added. — DayakDaily