Fatimah launches the Oya Sub District Bomba Community boat.

OYA: Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Women chief, Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah said although more women candidates were welcomed in the forthcoming state election, the party must ensure that the women were winnable candidates.

“This is important because we want to win in style in the next state election,” she told reporters after officiating at the launch of the Oya Sub District Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba) Community boat at Oya Square.

Fatimah, who is also the Dalat assemblywoman, pointed out that the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) logo would be used for the first time in the forthcoming state election.

 Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg would also lead the GPS during the election.

“It is important for us to win so that we can continue all the developments and agendas in the state.

“So, vote GPS for stability, peace and holistic development of the state so that Sarawak can achieve its vision to be one of the most developed states by 2030,” she said.

On the role of the Oya Sub District Bomba Community, she said the members had an important role to play. They would be the first responders to arrive during emergencies. 

“This Bomba Community will be the first to respond to eight villages with 6,444 residents each. As we know, Mukah fire station is 30km from Oya and 40km from Dalat,” she said.

Fatimah added the Bomba Community was a manifestation of the spirit of unity, cooperation, voluntarism, responsibility and caring attitude by the local people.

The Oya Sub District Bomba Community consists of 200 members from eight villages in Sungai Batang Oya.

At the event, Fatimah also approved a Minor Rural Project (MRP) grant of RM30,000 for the Bomba Community to purchase rescue equipment and tools such as fire hoses and a fibreglass boat for use during emergencies.