Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg has told Barisan Nasional elected representatives that they will be dropped if they do not perform their duties as expected.
This warning from the Chief Minister in Kuching last week is nothing new as the people have heard this before.
Abang Johari needs to be tough because he is now the top leader of Sarawak’s Barisan coalition.
He had assumed the chief minister mantle only two months ago after the passing of Tan Sri Adenan Satem in January.
It is good that Johari is trying to be firm with the elected reps.
However, his tough words will only be meaningful if he followed them up with concrete action.
Abang Johari must insist that all of them table a public report on their monthly activities.
As it has been about 10 months since the state elections, the public needs to know about the progress the reps have made.
Several newly-elected state assemblymen have been spotted working hard on the ground and not sitting inside their comfortable offices.
But there are also assemblymen who are seldom seen with the rakyat since the polls.
They must really buck up and catch up with their hardworking counterparts.
Here in northern Sarawak, it is good to see first-time state assemblyman Datuk Sebastian Ting of Piasau working hard at the grassroots level.
Veteran five-term Senadin assemblyman Datuk Lee Kim Shin also continues to perform his duties diligently in his constituency.
Ting is the Sarawak United Peoples Party (SUPP) secretary general while Lee is the party vice-president.
Both of them have gone into full gear in their daily service to the people of Miri.
Elsewhere, Marudi assemblyman Datuk Penguang Manggil of the Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) has also been keeping his nose to the ground.
Telang Usan assemblyman Dennis Ngau is also hard-working and visits his constituents frequently.
His constituency is tough to cover. I know as I have travelled into many of such hard to reach settlements.
The people want to see their political reps going to the ground everyday and check on the progress of the constituents.
These regular ground visits are essential in order to make sure the peoples’ welfare is looked after.
Each and every political leader at both the state and parliamentary level must be updated with the latest ground information.
In order for them to be in the know about what is happening in their constituencies and on the latest issues affecting their constituents, ground visits must be carried out often.
They must be always in tune with their supporters and this can only come about through regular visits to their constituency.
Through these regular visits they will be able to take steps to resolve the problems affecting the communities.
Abang Johari must monitor these ground works of his Barisan assemblymen and Members of Parliament, following up his tough stance with action.
Source: The Star