Polls likely a tough fight amongst parties

Lukanisman (centre, front row) with teachers from the primary schools after presenting the RM150 vouchers.

MIRI: This coming state election will be an interesting and tough fight amongst political parties, Sibuti member of Parliament (MP) Lukanisman Awang Sauni observed.

Lukanisman, who is also Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Pujut branch coordinator, however stressed that no matter how fierce the competition is, PBB and its coalition partners Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP), Parti Rakyat Sarawak(PRS) and Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) have always been ready for the polls.

“It might be challenging but we are always up to it,” said Lukanisman to New Sarawak Tribune when met today at his service centre in Taman Tunku after presenting school vouchers worth RM150 each for every pupil of seven primary schools under his constituency. These were received on behalf of the students by a teacher from each school and would benefit a total of 576 pupils.

Those schools receiving the vouchers were Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Kampung Beraya, SK Temenggong Datuk Muip, SK Riam Batu 2, SK Bakam, SK Chung Hua Bakam, SJK Tukau and SK Lambir.

The Sarawak government under the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS), led by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg, has been on the ground serving the rakyat all these years, unlike some political parties which only emerged when election is coming, the MP added.

“I do believe that the voters are wise enough to see and determine who ought to represent them,” he said.

He added that GPS, despite being a new party in the state, has been proven genuine in serving the rakyat.

“Unlike those from the opposition, we delivered what have been promised,” he said.

Citing on the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA 63) and other achievements that have been successfully obtained, not to mention numerous development projects being carried out, Lukanisman said it reflected Sarawak government’s commitment in caring for the people’s wellbeing.

When asked about the possibility of the state election being held before June this year, Lukanisman said coalition partners of GPS had always been ready.

He viewed that the first Covid-19 vaccine is the first step for Sarawak heading towards election.

“The earliest the vaccine can be deployed is in early March and it will be done in stages, with the frontliners as the first target group,” he said.