You have the right to ask for help from govt, Ug­gah tells vil­lagers

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LUNDU: Vot­ers have the right to seek as­sis­tance from the gov­ern­ment which they have elected, Deputy Chief Min­is­ter Datuk Amar Dou­glas Ug­gah Embas pointed out.

Ug­gah gave this as­sur­ance when speak­ing at a di­a­logue with Iban vil­lagers from Kpg Sileng Dayak, near here, at their com­mu­nity hall Wed­nes­day night.

“It’s the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the gov­ern­ment which you have elected to as­sist you in your needs. Our door is al­ways open for you to meet us,” Ug­gah said.

He also as­sured them that if they vote for the BN can­di­date in the Tan­jong Datu by- elec­tion on Feb 18, continuous de­vel­op­ment could be achieved.

“This by- elec­tion is called due to the un­timely pass­ing of our Chief Min­is­ter Datuk Pat­inggi Tan Sri Ade­nan Satem, so the BN has fielded his widow Datin Pat­inggi Datuk Amar Jami­lah Anu so that she will con­tinue the de­vel­op­ment agenda for Tan­jong Datu which will ben­e­fit all of you,” he said to a thun­der­ous ap­plause from the crowd.

Ug­gah, who is also Min­is­ter of Mod­erni­sa­tion of Agri­cul­ture and Ru­ral Econ­omy, told them that the state’s main fo­cus now was to as­sist the ru­ral com­mu­nity to earn at least RM4,000 per month by 2020.

“So you must cul­ti­vate your land with crops such as pep­per, rub­ber, oil palm and even co­conut. There are var­i­ous gov­ern­ment agen­cies which can as­sist you if you need as­sis­tance so as to im­prove your in­come,” he ad­vised.

At the same time, Ug­gah, who is PBB act­ing deputy pres­i­dent, as­sured the com­mu­nity of Kpg Sileng that the gov­ern­ment would as­sist them to sur­vey their land, in­clud­ing their in­di­vid­ual lots.

Mean­while, Min­is­ter of Pub­lic Util­i­ties Dato Sri Dr Stephen Rundi Utom said it is vi­tal for the Dayak com­mu­nity to be close to the gov­ern­ment and their lead­ers.

“This will cre­ate a two-way in­for­ma­tion chan­nel in or­der for the ru­ral peo­ple to be in the know of the gov­ern­ment’s plans for them and they can also sug­gest counter pro­posal if they think it is not suit­able for them,” he pointed out.

Dr Rundi, who is also PBB sec­re­tary- gen­eral, urged the peo­ple to be proac­tive and self- driven to take ad­van­tage of the gov­ern­ment’s peo­ple­cen­tric poli­cies to de­velop the com­mu­nity.

“But you must be ready to change your mind­set to move for­ward to im­prove your own in­come,” he said.

He urged them to vote for Jami­lah so that Ade­nan’s legacy will be con­tin­ued as it will ben­e­fit them.

Dr Rundi also told the com­mu­nity that his min­istry would pro­vide them with bet­ter telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion, es­pe­cially in­ter­net coverage, and wa­ter sup­ply.

Vil­lage chief Bong Bu­jang also spoke at the func­tion which was at­tended by many as­sem­bly­men, Kota Samarahan Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil chair­man Dato Peter Mi­nos and po­lit­i­cal sec­re­taries to the Chief Min­is­ter.

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