Don’t be deceived by opposition

Harden (fifth left) poses for a photo together with some of the longhouse chiefs at the event.

SRI AMAN: Those in the rural community were told not to be influenced and deceived by the ideology of those who suddenly try to gain their support.

They must reject any opposition party in order to ensure their (community members’) interests are secured.

The opposition party does not have any master plan to develop Sarawak, explained Community Wellbeing Assistant Minister Datuk Francis Harden Hollis.

“This is in contrast to the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) government that has a well-organised and trusted plan which can be implemented with a sound inclusive financial management taking into account the main needs of the people in the rural areas who are mostly Bumiputeras.

“The community, by now can certainly feel the difference in development as their people’s representative ‘ran away’ with the opposition party and we are the ones who allegedly ‘expelled’ them from the GPS government. However, those who ran away are with the party that is not in line with the government’s aspirations,” Harden said.

He said this when officiating at the “Program Sepakat@Komuniti 2020” organised by the Sri Aman district information department (Japen) at Rumah Dau Salleh, Nanga Entalau, Ulu Skrang on Friday (Nov 6).

The main issue that was highlighted in the programme by all homeowners was related to imperfect roads connecting longhouses which required urgent upgrading while the second issue was about need to improve telecommunication coverage in response to the government’s challenge of introducing digital economy.

Several government agencies such as the Sri Aman Resident’s Office, Nanga Entalau Health Clinic, Sri Aman Division Welfare Office, Sri Aman Division Youth and Sports Office, Forestry Corporation and Japen Sri Aman district, were given the opportunity to share information on their respective services provided.

Harden who is Simanggang assemblyman, expressed his gratitude to Japen for providing a platform for government agencies and homeowners to attend a dialogue on issues faced by the rural community.

“All of these infrastructure projects are believed to be able to improve the socio-economic status of the rural community and can be achieved if the current government is strengthened with the strong support of the people in PRN12 which will be held at any time from now,” he said.

Apart from that, the Sri Aman Division Social Welfare Office also briefed the participants on government incentives such as the Kenyalang Gold Card (KGC) benefits, Death Compassionate Assistance (BIK), Endowment Fund Sarawak (EFS) and transportation fare incentives for kidney patients.

Harden also approved the minor rural project (MRP) allocation of RM8,000 to Nanga Entalau Village Development and Security Committee (JKKK), RM3,000 to Women’s Bureau and RM5,000 to SK Entalau Parent Teacher Association (PTA).

Also present were Sri Aman Resident representative Frank Lani, Lubok Antu district officer representative Brin Munsang, Sri Aman district information officer Jesseca Gilbert Bunsu and other local dignitaries.