Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas

KUCHING: The Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) government will continue its development programmes for the people, including those under the Highland Development Agency (HDA) in the Miri Division.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said the HDA areas have high potential as a food production area which the state wants to fully utilise

“In the Telang Usan area alone, we are spending RM750 million to bring in more infrastructure and amenities.

“Areas under the HDA can contribute significantly to the state’s goal of becoming a net exporter of food and food products by 2030,” he said at a dinner he hosted for the Telang Usan community in conjunction with the Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) mini convention in Miri on Friday night.

Uggah, who is also the Minister of Modernisation of Agriculture, Native Land and Regional Development, said while the government would provide the resources, infrastructure, programmes, and expertise, it is up the people themselves to do their part if they want to succeed.

He added that upon requests from Mulu assemblyman Datuk Gerawat Gala and Telang Usan assemblyman Dennis Ngau, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg agreed to reserve a portion of contract works being implemented to local qualified contractors.

As such, he said the people in the HDA areas must play their part in ensuring both Telang Usan and Mulu seats are also won by GPS with handsome majorities.

“GPS is simply the best choice,” said Uggah.

Earlier in his speech, GPS secretary-general Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi said GPS is respected for its unity, strength and stability nationwide.

“Even Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin speaks highly of GPS. When GPS is strong, it can help to stabilise the federal government.

“Then we can expect a lot of goodies from them (federal government),” he said.

He also said he was all for Dennis to be re-nominated to defend the Telang Usan seat, but he would leave the final decision to the chief minister who is also PBB’s leader.

“Dennis has shown himself to be a disciplined, dedicated and hardworking representative.

“Looking at the current political landscape, there is no point to rock the boat,” said Nanta.