Snowdan (second left) receives the application forms from the residents of Melikin, Balai Ringin to join PRS.

KUCHING: Some 70 members of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) in Melikin, Balai Ringin have quit joining Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS), in what is described as a mini exodus.

In welcoming the members, PRS Youth chief Datuk Snowdan Lawan was glad that they saw PRS as one of the strongest partners of Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) ruling coalition.

“I am glad they have understood and able to differentiate which party really struggles for their welfare, wellbeing and interests as Sarawakians,” he said during a randau ruai (dialogue) session held at the village community hall over the weekend.

In noting that the residents were now deprived of the RM2 million minor rural project (MRP) and RM5 million rural transformation project (RTP) funds due to Sri Aman MP Datuk Masir Kujat’s “ship-jumping” into the opposition Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) in March 2019, the Balai Ringin assemblyman urged the people to be wise when voting for their representative.

“You voted for him to win during the last PRU14 but he ditched you. Is this the kind of leader you wish to elect again? You better not.” quipped Snowdan.

He asserted that the GPS state government was vigorously embarking on all planned and approved infrastructure projects.

“The state government is working hard to implement all projects such as rural electrification, roads accessibility and bridges.

“There are telco towers and treated water supply amenities throughout the state, and that includes Balai Ringin constituency.

“We expect the year 2022 as game changer year when all these projects pick up or materialise,” he added.

At the event, he announced a RM100,000 RTP funding for the upgrading of a surau and repairing works on the village’s community hall.

Another RM10,000 and RM5,000 MRP grants were announced for the Village Security and Development Committee (JKKK) and Women’s Bureau in Balai Ringin and Kampung Ensebang Padang Bilun respectively.