BETONG: The Chinese community in Sarawak and other communities have been urged to remain loyal and supportive of the state government led by Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS).
Deputy Chief Minister Douglas Uggah Embas said their support was crucial to allow the government to pursue its “Sarawak First” policy successfully.
“Abang Jo (Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg) believes that Sarawak must be governed by local political parties and local leaders who best understand the state,” he said when officiating the 11th-anniversary celebration of the Sarawak Federation of Chung Hua Associations here last night.
“We also want to protect the state’s rights as enshrined in the MA63 (Malaysia Agreement 1963) with regards to its oil and gas and territorial waters, immigration power and so forth.”
Uggah, who is also the state modernisation of agriculture, native land and regional development minister, praised the Chinese community here for their contributions to the society besides helping to unite the people.
“You have been doing many community projects and one of the most praiseworthy is the formation of the voluntary firefighting squad.
“The squad has helped to put out a number of fires here,” he said.
At the event, Uggah, who oversees the state Unit for Other Religions (Unifor), also announced a government grant of RM500,000 for the Betong new Chinese temple fund.
He also allocated a grant of RM30,000 to the Betong Chung Hua Association.
Later, he witnessed the installation of the new office bearers of the federation, in which Lim Ah Teck, from Batu Kawah, has taken over as its new president from Charlie Wong of Betong.
Layar assemblyman Gerald Rentap, who also spoke at the function, announced a grant totalling RM60,000 to various Chinese organisations here.