MIRI: The people of Baram should not have any doubt over Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem’s sincerity in putting the Baram dam project to a halt.
Instead, they should see for themselves what have been done by Adenan since he took the office as the state’s fifth chief minister in early 2014, said Telang Usan assemblyman Dennis Ngau.
“Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem is a man of his word. In respecting the people of Baram, he has already assured us that the state government would not proceed with the Baram dam project — unless the majority of the people in Baram want the project to be implemented.
“However, certain quarters are still arguing about the state government’s sincerity and continuing to plant seeds of hatred among the people, misleading them with inaccurate information,” he stated in his address when officiating at the ‘Leadership and Social Etiquette Workshop for Association of Wives of Baram Orang Ulu Community Leaders’ Wives’ at Dynasty Hotel on Friday.
In view of this, Dennis wanted the people not to be easily influenced by those irresponsible groups of people, particularly the outsiders, using dirty tactics to fish for voters.
He said should the people be unsure about certain subjects, they should go to the proper channels such as their elected representatives, community leaders and government agencies to get accurate information.
“We are now in the election mood — the polls could be held at any time from now.
“The upcoming election is very important to Sarawak as it will determine the future of the state. Thus, we need to defend our motherland and safeguard the existing racial harmony against negative elements.”
On this concern, Dennis called for total support from the women community in Baram to ensure that Barisan Nasional (BN) would be able to make a handsome victory in all the three constituencies under Baram parliamentary area — Marudi, Telang Usan and the newly-created Mulu.
“Women remain as the backbone of BN political parties and your support is vital in the state polls.
“Let us put our hands together by giving a strong mandate to the chief minister so that he would be able to continue with the mission of charting more success for greater Sarawak.”
Later at the function, Dennis announced an allocation worth RM20,000 under his Minor Rural Project (MRP) grant to finance the activities run by the association.
Meanwhile, Miri Division Kayan community leader Temenggong Elizabeth Deng in an earlier address described the association as ‘unique’.
“We know of associations comprising wives of ministers at both federal and state levels, but here in Baram, we have one that unites the wives of Orang Ulu community leaders.
“We should be proud for being the first of such movement — probably the first in the country.”
At the same time, Elizabeth wanted the wives of local community leaders to view their roles as being equally important as assisting their husbands because they were also role models to the people in their areas.
The function was also attended by Miri Resident Antonio Kahti Galis. The workshop, which involved 85 association members coming as participants, was conducted by Florince Christy who is also the director, consultant and trainer at the communication service management unit of Futuristik Sdn Bhd.