Uggah: Raising racial issues during GE15 a ‘poisonous’ move

Uggah presented grants totalling RM100,000 to 10 NGOs and associations here in Melabu.

KUCHING, Oct 15: Raising racial issues during the campaigning period for the 15th General Election (GE15) is akin to pouring “tuba” (fish poison) into the State’s multiracial society, says Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas.

According to the Deputy Premier in a statement today, in a plural society like Sarawak, candidates should not resort to such tactics and called it a “negative, most unsavory tactic to fish for votes”.

“Sarawak is still a bastion of racial unity and harmony in the country.


“It is our hope we can still maintain this status. Let us reject any candidate capitalising on such issues just to win votes,” he said.

Uggah said this at a gathering of 58 KEMAS teachers from the Betong Division at the community hall in Spaoh today.

He added that in the last State election, those from the Opposition camp had mainly harped on the alleged lack of development against the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) government.

Uggah (green shirt) snaps a photo of a boy feeding fish under the “Tagang” system at a river near Rh Richard Kadir in Melabu.

Meanwhile on Friday (Oct 14), Uggah who is also Bukit Saban assemblyman, visited a number of areas in his constituency.

Among them were the Pamuntang Road to check on soil erosion which had affected the road and Tanjung Sebekut to check on its damaged bund.

He directed the Drainage and Irrigation Department to remedy the situation.

He also visited Rh Richard Kadir in Melabu to inspect several projects there, including the longhouse “Tagang” fish breeding and environment protection project.

Later in the afternoon Uggah presented grants totalling RM100,000 to 10 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and associations here.

Also present during the visit were Political Secretary to Sarawak Premier Dr Richard Rapu and Spaoh District Officer Alfred Geling. — DayakDaily