PAKAN: Julau MP Datuk Joseph Salang said yesterday he had been serving and would continue to serve the people in the rural Iban dominant constituency to the best of his ability.
“I have no ulterior motive. My one and only aim is to serve the people and to guide them towards greater development and progress,” he said.
He was speaking at a meet-the-people session at Rumah Kunjan in Sungai Marau, Buku, here.
“Since 2002, when I first became Julau MP, I have promised myself I will not make a sen from Julau through any business dealings related to the implementation of development projects.
“I have and will continue to keep this promise for as long as I serve,” he said.
Salang, who is also Deputy Minister of Information, Communication and Culture, said there had been accusations otherwise.
“But I am glad I have proven my accusers wrong,” he said.
On the next general election, he again called on the people to reject money politics.
“Do not have this habit of expecting something in return for casting your votes for the BN representative.
“Your votes are after all for your benefit,” he said.
On land development, he said oil palm cultivation was getting very popular among rural folk who wanted to manage their own plantation.
He added that he had come across success stories where smallholders had made good profits.
On rubber, he invited the people to attend a seminar on rubber cultivation organised by Dayak Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) and Rubber Industry Smallholders Development Authority (RISDA) at Julau community hall on Sept 30.
At the same function, Salang handed over minor rural project grant of more than RM300,000 to 72 recipients.
Among those present at the function were Pakan District Officer Inting Nyami and Tuai Rumah Kunjan.