Progress needs stable government, skilled leaders

Dennis speaks to villagers during the launch of the Sares project for the 57-door Ba Pakan Sungai Akah longhouse.

KUCHING: Sarawak needs a stable government and experienced or skilled leaders to continue developing.

Telang Usan assemblyman Dennis Ngau said experienced leaders could be found in the present Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) state government.

“We are lucky we have Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg as the chief minister and his team of Cabinet members represented by all races who are experienced and of high calibre,” he added  when launching the Sares project for 57-door Ba Pakan Sungai Akah longhouse on Sunday.

Dennis added leaders in GPS had proven they could lead the state and continue to bring development. For instance, they could provide electricity to rural villages through the Sarawak Alternative Rural Electrification Scheme (Sares) project.

“As such, as your elected representative, I will continue to work closely with our state leaders to bring more physical development and economic opportunities.

“But at the same time, you (villagers) must take the initiative and roll up your sleeves and toil the land around you,” he said.

Dennis warned those who chose to remain or associate themselves with groups fighting the state government would only lose out.

“Don’t blame others if you are left behind. But it is never too late to move on and support our chief minister and the GPS government,” he said.

Dennis said Telang Usan was developed because he, the elected representative, was with the present state and federal governments.

“So it is very obvious that we must make good choices in choosing an elected representative who can bring development,” he said.

Dennis said he was aware the opposition was telling the people that nothing was done by the current state government to develop Sarawak.

“But our state has allocated the highest yearly budget and as a matter of fact, your living standard and lifestyle today are much different than they were 60 years ago.