Safeguard Sarawak’s interests, longhouse folk told

Lee (standing sixth from left) presents the MRP grant to Panting while Morshidi (standing right), Wilson (standing second left) ,d Nyurak (third left) and the longhouse JKKK members look on.

MIRI: It is the responsibility of all Sarawakians to safeguard the state’s rights and restore what have been eroded as envisaged by former chief minister the late Pehin Sri Adenan Satem (Tok Nan).

Assistant Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Datuk Lee Kim Shin said no others is better able to protect the state except the people of Sarawak.

“The late Tok Nan was the one who spearheaded the mission to get back Sarawak’s rights from the federal government as enshrined under the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).

“Thus, we should continue to subscribe to his high Sarawakian spirit as he had reminded us on the need for us to take good care of Sarawak,” he said when officiating at the Gawai Ngiling Bidai at Rh Panting, Sungai Teniku along Miri-Bintulu road.

Although there is a change in political scenario particularly at the federal level, the Senadin assemblyman believed that Sarawakians are matured enough in making a wise decision to stay united and never let others influence their thinking.

He explained why the state government left Barisan Nasional (BN) to form the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) coalition.

“The state government found that important decisions were made at the federal level and not fair to Sarawak.

“By staying independent as GPS, the Sarawak government is able to fight for the interests of Sarawak loudly. We know better what is best for our people.”

At the same time, he reminded the longhouse folk not to let petty issues damage their unity.

“Living together in a longhouse, you are supposed to build a strong family institution so that whatever development and community issues that you want to highlight can be heard clearly by the state government.

“It is really sad to see now that there is disunity among members of the longhouse and this scenario is not good for Sarawak which is known as the model of unity.”

He agreed to the request by the longhouse chief, TR Panting Dok, for funds to cement the front compound of the longhouse.

He also presented Minor Rural Project (MRP) grants of RM5,000 to the longhouse’s village security and development committee (JKKK), RM3,000 for the longhouse’s women committee and 100 plastic chairs for the longhouse.

Also present were Assistant Minister of Local Government and Marudi assemblyman Datu Dr Penguang Manggil, deputy Miri Resident Nyurak Keti, Miri district officer Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusuf, Miri City Council secretary Morshidi Fredrick and Pemanca Wilson Siang Lim.

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