Uggah: GPS government wants to do more in HDA areas

Uggah (second left) with Anyi (left) and Dennis (right) presenting a pineapple sucker to a farmer during the AgriCOP held at Long Bemang in Baram, today

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KUCHING, Nov 27: The Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) government has more development plans and programmes waiting to be implemented in the State highland areas under the Highland Development Agency (HDA).

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said the government has allocated the agency RM1.5 billion for the purpose.

“For this reason, the voters of Telang Usan should give their full support to its incumbent Dennis Ngau who has been renominated to defend the seat which is in the HDA area,” he said when officiating at the Agriculture Community Outreach Programme (AgriCOP) held at Long Bemang in Baram, today.

Uggah said with Telang Usan as a GPS stronghold, all proposed programmes and plans could be implemented smoothly.

He said to date, Telang Usan had received some RM750 million worth of development projects.

“This is unprecedented. Dennis has been a hard-working, concerned, and approachable elected representative.

“He deserves to be given another chance to continue on with his excellent service to the people and to work with other GPS elected representatives in charting out more development and progress in the HDA for the people,” he added.

Uggah who is also Modernisation of Agriculture, Native Land, and Regional Development Minister further said a vote for Dennis is a vote for Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg.

According to him, Abang Johari too has shown himself to be a leader for all regardless of race and is very concerned about developments in the State, especially those in rural areas.

“This is not mere rhetoric as he has allowed for the formation of the Upper Rajang Development Agency (URDA), HDA, and the Northern Region Development Agency (NRDA), among others, which involve all communities in the State.

“Each agency had been allocated a sum of RM1.5 billion to carry out its socio-economic and infrastructure development activities,” he said.

Uggah also pointed out that under Abang Jo, Sarawak too had remained politically stable and united and this had enabled it to carry out its many development programmes.

He emphasised that during the Covid-19 pandemic, the government had done much in safeguarding the people.

“It had spent RM400 million on various strategies and mitigatory measures. He also had allocated another RM5.3 billion under the Bantuan Khas Sarawakku Sayang (BKSS) to help those affected.

“We have the Unit For Other Religions (UNIFOR) to help in the development programmes of churches, chapels, and temples. Then we have the special operating aid for mission schools and churches, chapels, and temples.

“Please do GPS a favour. Vote for Dennis this coming election. Give him a big majority so that the GPS government can continue on with its plans and programmes for the people,” he said. — DayakDaily