Uggah stands firm to opposition’s accusations on cronyism

Uggah (centre) together with Robert (first left) presenting a GPS flag to local Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) wanita chief Rose Unor.

KUCHING, July 25: Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas denies the accusations from the opposition that he practised favouritism when implementing huge development projects in his relatives’ areas.

Uggah repudiated the allegations of him being biased and making empty promises to the people, saying that those were all lies by an individual in the opposition group in an attempt to dislodge him.

“The individual has conveniently forgotten that areas like Serudit where he (challenger) has his longhouse had been given a rubber planting project long before any other areas here (Debak).

“He is now accusing me not only of favouritism but cronyism, of making empty promises as well.

“All the 94 longhouses here already enjoyed good infrastructural facilities and amenities which had been promised to them,” said Uggah when launching the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) roadshow at Rumah Austin Pau in Penunus, Debak today.

In stating this, he further affirmed that there were a lot of development and upgrading projects to be undertaken and the implementation would take some time due to the three-month Movement Control Order (MCO) following the Covid-19 pandemic.

Uggah also reminded the people that the opposition groups also promised many things in return for the people’s support.

He said that the previous government had made countless promises in the last general election but many of them remained unfulfilled and approved projects for Sarawak were even cancelled after they won.

“I’m thankful that the majority has realised only the GPS government representatives can help them to be more progressive and have a higher standard of living,” said Uggah in response to receiving strong, tacit support from the voters towards GPS and himself.

Meanwhile, Betong Member of Parliament Datuk Robert Lawson Chuat, who was also present at the GPS function, pledged his support for Uggah to defend his Bukit Saban seat for the second term in the coming 12th state election. —DayakDaily