SEBUYAU: Sarawakians are urged to have faith and trust in the local political parties within the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS).
Assistant Minister of Coastal Road Datuk Julaihi Narawi said GPS being a coalition of local political parties- Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP), Peoples Progressive Party (PDP) and Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) have the welfare and interests of Sarawakians at heart.
“I am not saying that the Peninsula (West Malaysia) are bad, but GPS which comprises local based political parties has a total responsibility to look after the welfare and interest of the people in the state, and to fight for their rights,” Julaihi, who is PBB vice president pointed out at a Hari Raya Aidilfitri gathering at Kpg Sg Ladong Community hall, here yesterday.
Julaihi added that GPS has the political autonomy to determine and to get back the rights of Sarawakians under the Malaysia Agreement (MA63) that have been eroded either advertently or inadvertently.
He stressed that GPS was committed to help the people following a strong mandate given during the last 14th General Election (GE14), adding developing the rural areas would continue to be carried out.
“Eventhough we have a change in the federal government under Pakatan Harapan (PH) after GE14, our (Sarawak government) ‘go rural’ policy will continue because we are given the mandate by the people,” Julaihi, who is Sebuyau assemblyman pointed out.
He hoped that the PH government would have a closer working relationship with the state government for the benefit of the people.
“In Sarawak, the people have given us the mandate (under the previous Barisan Nasional-BN) government, and in the Peninsula, the people have given PH the mandate and because we are given the mandate by the people, we need to work together,” he pointed out.
Julaihi also hoped that the PH government would continue with the two bridge projects- Rambungan Bridge and Batang Igan Bridge- which are wholly funded by the federal government and agreed upon under the previous BN government.
He also hoped that the PH government would continue with the Batang Lupar bridge project, which was agreed upon during the previous government on a 50- 50 initiative wigth the Sarawak government.
The three bridges are part of the coastal road connectivity which the state has approved and seriously pursuing. The other bridge projects along the coastal road, namely; Krian, Muara Lassa, Saribas, Kuala Paloh and Btg Rajang, are wholly funded by the state government.
Present at the gathering were Julaihi’s wife Datin Sa’adiah Buji and Sebuyau sub-district office Sarawak administrative officer (SAO) Ajis Ahmad.