SPAOH: Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) deputy president Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas has reminded party members from Bukit Saban state constituency to continue to strengthen the party.
Speaking at a Christmas 2018 and New Year 2019 gathering here last Saturday, he said they should recruit more members, and get the young members who are now eligible to vote to register themselves as voters.
Uggah who is also a Deputy Chief Minister, added that as the state strongest political party, PBB would be facing numerous and tremendous challenges in the new year.
“The opposition have declared a war on us…they are out to topple the state government in the 2021 state election in order to capture the state.
“We, in PBB especially, with the strong co-operation of other GPS member parties and supporters must not allow this to happen. Let Sarawak be in the hands of local leaders from local parties,” he said.
Uggah also called on party members to continue giving their support to the Chief Minister and PBB president Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg, who is very committed to bring development, progress and prosperity to the state.
“His transformation programmes need our undivided support,” he said.
Uggah pointed out that it is a common knowledge now that the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government has not been able to honour many of its election promises.
“Yet its leaders will continue to promise you the moon and the stars if you will support them,” he said.
Uggah cautioned those present that if the opposition takes over, Sarawak may lose not only its rights but also its wealth.
He said there will be more “turun padang” visits from him, Betong MP Datuk Robert Lawson Chuat, Layar state assemblyman Gerald Rentap and Saribas state assemblyman Mohammad Razi Sitam this year to ensure all approved development projects and programmes are implemented without any delay or shortcomings for the people’s benefit.
“The year 2019 is going to be a busy year. The four of us will ensure the successful implementation all our rural transformation projects,” he said.
Uggah advised the people to report any shoddy work done by the contractors to the Resident ‘s or District’s offices or even to him.
He said if they were poorly done, the opposition would just accuse them of not being sincere or committed.
Meanwhile, Robert Lawson, in his speech called on the party members to be wary of several new political parties that are expected to be formed soon.
“They will try to persuade you to join them but remember in PBB you have a very strong, solid and united party. It is the backbone of the state government and its leaders are people and rural areas oriented.
“Our GPS government has been able to serve and deliver its services to the people well. It will continue to serve and deliver well,” he said.
At the function, Uggah presented study incentives to students in the area who had performed very well in their public examinations.
He also present Bill of Quantities to longhouse chiefs to allow them to monitor the implementation progress of their minor development projects besides handing over certificates to 53 participants of a “Baju Kebaya”making course initiated by his wife.
Also present at the dinner were Uggah’s wife Datin Amar Doreen Mayang, Betong Resident Friday Belik and more than 800 party members from Layar, Debak and Spaoh.