Wong’s anti-rural devt DNA

KUCHING: Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) has some choice words for Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) president Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh on his stance regarding the Second Trunk Road (STR) project.

It said that Wong has anti-rural development DNA which translates into his anti-rural development stance and actions — one of which was disguised under the banner of financial prudence that have affected the mindset of Dayak leaders within PSB.  

“Wong Soon Koh’s anti-rural development stand is so well disguised that he has managed to convince PSB rural-based Dayaks like Entulu (Datuk Joseph Entulu Belaun), Rayong (Dr Johnical Rayong) and Nyuak (Datuk Kristoffer Nyuak Bajok) to believe that products and produces from their rural hometowns could sell by themselves without having any need for efficient road connectivity and transportation to customers in towns. 

“Based on the fact that no infrastructure development ever took place in his Bawang Assan constituency during his stint as minister in charge of Public Works Department (JKR), the war cry by Wong in wanting to develop rural areas is far from the truth and a marketing slogan at best,” PRS youth said in a statement yesterday.

It said that Wong, despite his 29 long years as assemblyman for Bawang Assan, has little to show for it with the only road his area being a 37 km road from Sg Bidut, Tutus, Sebedil and Bungan. 

“That was not even proposed by him during his tenure as Minister of Infrastructure but by the present Minister of Infrastructure Tan Sri James Jemut Masing on Jan 24, 2019,” PRS youth said.

It added, with Bawang Assan located just next to Sibu town, it has been underdeveloped because of its assemblyman’s anti-rural connectivity stance. 

“Being just a stone’s throw away from Sibu Town, the community has been kept as they were 29 years ago, unconnected from the rest of the world. 

“Wong could have proposed the infrastructure to connect these areas so that the local community would not be left out of main stream development, but the issue remains as ‘could have but didn’t’,” PRS youth added.