Wednesday, June 16

Politics a platform for progress, women told

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Dennis presents ‘moringa’, or the drumstick plant, to a representative of five villages taking part in the programme, as Margaret (third left) and others look on.

Dennis presents ‘moringa’, or the drumstick plant, to a representative of five villages taking part in the programme, as Margaret (third left) and others look on.

BARAM: People in the interior of this district, especially the women, should discard any negative thinking and perspective that politics is dirty.

Telang Usan assemblyman Dennis Ngau gave this advice when launching the ‘Women Empowerment Programme’ in Long Loyang, Tinjar near here on Friday.

“We in Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) see politics as a chance and opportunity for changes to bring development and progress to the people,” he said.

A total of 104 women from five villages and longhouses in Tinjar took part in the one-day programme, organised by PBB Women Telang Usan.

“For us in PBB, politics is a platform to bring changes to the community as we can channel the people’s voice, aspirations and needs to the government. Without having good and strong relationship with the government, we will not be able to move forward and enjoy development and progress,” he pointed out.

The assemblyman said it could not be denied that a lot of changes had been taking place in the interior as ‘they’re in the same boat’ with the government of the day.

“We in the interior have never been neglected and ignored by the government. The government always listens and is sensitive to the needs and aspirations of the people.

“The geography and topography of the area where longhouses and villages are scattered make the changes hardly visible and felt by the people.

“ Development takes time as it depends on the availability of funds,” he added.

At the same time, Dennis reminded women not to be shy away and isolate themselves from politics.

“It cannot be denied that women are the backbone of many activities, including in politics. You are always out in full force such as during campaigns.”

On the programme, Dennis believed that it could empower women in bringing changes not only for themselves and their families, but the community as a whole.

Dennis also told the participants that the government through various agencies had been providing them with opportunities to uplift the socio-economy of their families and community.

“Therefore, you should not shy away (from these government bodies); always visit the offices to see what schemes and assistance are available to improve your livelihood.”

Others attending the programme were PBB Women Telang Usan chief Councillor Margaret Nawan and programme organising chairperson Rose Belare.