Rural dwellers warned against election promises

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MIRI: Sarawakians, especially those in the rural areas should be wary of politicians who would only appear during election time with all sorts of promises and development proposals.

The Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) government, on the other hand, has been prioritising development in the rural areas, said a representative of the GPS Youth Baram, Dominic Nyurang at a press conference today.

In fact, the GPS coalition parties – Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP), Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) and Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) have carried out numerous development projects in the rural areas in Sarawak, including projects that were cancelled during the Pakatan Harapan (PH) federal government.

“For instance the Highland Development Agency (HDA) within Baram area, the GPS-led state government led by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg, has invested a total of RM1.5 billion to ensure that our people in the rural area is not left behind in its development agenda, ” he said.

Hence, he called on the people in the rural areas especially in Baram to not be easily swayed by sentiments against the GPS government.

Nyurang was responding to Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) president Datuk Sri Wong Soon Koh’s allegations, claiming that the sentiment for change in Dayak areas was strong due to lack of basic infrastructure in the rural area.

“Wong’s allegations are not true, in fact, the GPS has been working very hard bringing progress to the people of Sarawak,” he opined.

GPS’s commitment in delivering progress to people in the rural areas have been proven with the implementation of  the Sarawak Alternative Rural Electrification Scheme (Sares) , whereby 90 percent of villages within Baram have received electricity supply, said Nyurang.

“The provision of treated water to longhouses in Baram under the HDA is currently in progress, simultaneously with road accessibility in both Telang Usan and Baram,” he added.

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