Datuk Henry Harry Jinep

BAU: The Bidayuhs are urged to rally behind Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) in an effort to secure all eight Bidayuh-majority seats in the upcoming state polls.

Tasik Biru assemblyman Datuk Henry Harry Jinep said it was crucial for Bidayuhs to back the GPS government in order to ensure developments in rural Bidayuh areas.

“Of course, as a community, we need to stay united to win these seats. Majority of Bidayuhs reside in rural areas where development and progress are still lagging and very much needed. 

“Staying away from the government of the day may affect our way forward to develop our place. We are not like other communities that stay in the town whereby even when they are not with the government, they still have everything,” he explained.

Henry told reporters this after hosting Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan at his residence, Bung Konis, here today.

He said the Bidayuhs should not replicate urban dwellers in electing opposition representatives as it would cause difficulties for the state government to provide basic facilities such as roads, electricity and water supply to rural areas.

“Most people who stay in the village, they need all of these basic facilities. If you stay in the opposition (areas), there’s nothing much they can do for you.

“We have Mas Gading (Parliamentary constituency) which is now under the opposition and we have Opar (state constituency) which is also under the opposition. You can go and ask these people whether they enjoy anything from these opposition representatives,” he said, reiterating that the people must be united in order for GPS to win all the Bidayuh-majority seats.

Henry pointed out that the GPS state government had proven its concern for the wellbeing of the rakyat, adding that no other state governments in Malaysia would be able to match the GPS government in terms of assistance given to the people.

“We need to stay focus and support the government of the day and stay united. Forget about those who come with false promises or what we call as ‘cerita dongeng’ (fairy tale), it’s just like a mimpi (dream).

“GPS is the government of the day that we must support. To the Bidayuh community, young and old, rich and poor, villagers and city dwellers, think only of GPS.

“Think of our people in the rural areas. We cannot be too individualistic. We have to think of how we want to develop our community,” he advised.