MUKAH: Balingian constituents have been urged to continue their support for Mukah MP Datuk Hanifah Hajar Taib.
Making the call was Balingian assemblyman Abdul Yakub Arbi who said despite Hanifah being busy with her responsibilities as the Deputy Minister of Sabah and Sarawak Affairs, she was every ready to ‘turun padang’ (be on the ground) to reach out to her people and listen to their problems.
“She has a high level of concern for her constituents. We need to understand that parliamentary sessions can last longer than the two-week or so state legislative assembly sessions. Sometimes MPs must sit and meet for months,” he said at the 2022 Pulut Kuning Ceremony at the Sau Village Mukah Community Hall on Thursday (June 23).
Abdul Yakub hoped that the people would continue to recognise Hanifah’s and his efforts to secure funding for priority development projects.
“We will undoubtedly consider priority projects, even though it is estimated that Balingian sometimes needs more than RM12 million annually and the Sarawak government only gives an assemblymen RM5 million annually.
“For example to fix a house, we are given financial assistance but we have to prioritise the needs of the villagers,” he said.
Meanwhile, on the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) coalition, he appealed to his constituents as a platform with a proven track record that had served them effectively.
“Don’t run away from GPS. Give me your full backing, and also support Datuk Hanifah in the upcoming general election,” he said.
Hanifah and Abdul Yakub later jointly cut a glutinous rice cake during the ceremony to signify the 2022 Pulut Kuning Ceremony. They then gave plaques of appreciation to each representative of the participating agencies.
The assemblyman later gave away incentives to several SPM students.