Beware of Opposition’s rhetoric, Wong warns S’wakians


SIBU: The people in Sarawak have been reminded to avoid being easily influenced by the rhetoric and propaganda of Opposition party leaders from the peninsula in the run-up to the 11th state election.

State Local Government and Community Development Minister, Wong Soon Koh said these leaders claimed their coming to Sarawak was to effect change and that the people here should support them.

He said Sarawakians should realise that only change brought about by the state government under the leadership of Chief Minister Adenan Satem should be supported as it was systematically implemented statewide, including in the rural areas.

Wong was speaking at the closing of the Sibu division-level “Sejiwa Senada” programme at Dataran Bandar Sibu, here, last night.

He said change must be steered by experienced leaders like Adenan, and not by those who only daydream about it and bring change only to serve their own interest.

“Sarawak does not need the kind of political culture brought by Opposition leaders from the peninsula.”

He said the people in the state should give their full support to Adenan to enable him to continue to lead and carry on the development agenda planned for the benefit of the people.

According to him, after helming the state for about two years, Adenan had made 50 policies and decisions to benefit the people, including those in the rural areas.

“During the state assembly sitting in May last year, the chief minister had asked for a RM500 million allocation for rural transformation and at the December sitting, he asked for an additional RM500 million for the same purpose,” he said.

Meanwhile, the three-day “Sejiwa Senada” programme from last Friday organised by the state government had attracted about 130,000 visitors, which Wong described as a big success in his speech.

He said this was achieved through the close cooperation of the public and private sectors and the involvement of the people.

“This programme is one of the measures taken to bring the people and government agencies closer together. All the functions of the agencies are displayed and explained in a transparent manner,” he added.

At the end of the programme, the 9th Infantry Brigade headquarters was adjudged as having the best booth, followed by the Land and Survey Department as the runner-up and the Sibu Municipal Council in third place.

The programme will be held next in the Mukah division (January 29–31), then in Saratok (February 12–14), Sarikei (February 17–21) and Kapit (March 4-6).