MUKAH: The head of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Mukah Branch Abdul Jalil Bujang observed that there has been some increase in the participation of local members in the branch’s annual general meeting (AGM). They also seem  to be more aware of what has been going on in their party and in the state in general.

“We see encouraging response from the members compared to the previous meeting held before the last election. Their involvement is very encouraging,” he said when met by reporters after the meeting last Friday night.

“The number of PKR members in Sarawak has increased a lot but the most important thing about becoming members is registering as voters or else their memberships would be meaningless,” he said.

Abdul Jalil (second right) hands over donations to representatives of schools in Mukah and Balingian.

He also thanked the members who attended the second meeting because the proposals presented showed that they were aware of current issues.

“For example, some members feel that they are entitled to receive welfare assistance although the area is not under Pakatan Harapan. PKR has also made it a point to ensure that each branch holds a monthly and annual meeting,” he said.

In the near future, it will also establish a Civil Defence Force (APM), and at least 30 members will be selected to assist the people in the event of a disaster.

Apart from that, the branch had also met with the National Anti-Drug Agency (AADK) officials to address the growing problem of drug abuse in local villages.

At the meeting, donations were presented to schoolchildren from several schools in Mukah and Balingian.