KOTA SAMARAHAN – Most people in Sarawak, particularly the rural communities are hurt by DAP assemblyman Wong King Wei’s comments on the travel time once the Batang Sadong Bridge in Samarahan is open to the public.
Kampung Sungai Bulu longhouse chief, Sili ak Bunsi, 70, was upset with the Padungan assemblyman’s statement as the villagers had been waiting for ages for the bridge to become a reality.
“He (Wong) and his party have been continuously politicising development issues in Sarawak.
“I told our people here to ignore what they have been saying because we know that with the completion of the Batang Sadong Bridge, it would bring us a
lot of benefits,” said Sili.
Wong had reportedly said that based on the party’s own calculations, the travel time might not be shorter, but longer due to the ferry services that would have to be used.
Meanwhile, Sadong Jaya Chinese Community representative Teo Thuan Theng said DAP wanted to be seen as the people’s champion and was purposely creating issues from the completion of the bridge.
“They can continue to bark but we will not be bothered with petty issues like this because we know they are always inconsistent with their principles.
Their Go-Rural campaign, for example, was just an empty talk,” said Teo.
Simunjan Village Development and Security Committee member, Shukran Zain too lambasted DAP over the statement, saying the party failed to see the hardship people in the area had to face without good roads and connectivity.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Nancy Shukri, who is also Batang Sadong MP, said Sarawak DAP’s anti-rural development political agenda which was contrary to its ‘Impian Sarawak’ campaign had resurfaced.
Barely two years ago Sarawak DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen questioned the state Barisan Nasional government in the State Legislative Assembly on seeking an additional RM500 million development budget to accelerate rural development in Sarawak.
She said Wong’s comments had proven their ignorance of the rural communities’ wish for development to reach their doorsteps.
“As reported in FMT, the DAP through Wong had questioned the construction of the Batang Sadong Bridge in my constituency and he has failed to understand the inspiration and commitment of the BN government to provide connectivity and development for people throughout the state,” she said.
Nancy said it was undeniable that the Batang Sadong Bridge would shorten the travelling time by not less than one hour or 70 to 80 km from Kuching to Simunjan, Sebuyau and the coastal area up to Batang Lupar and other areas.
She added that Wong also failed to understand that the bridge when completed, would spur economic activities in her constituency and surrounding coastal areas in the state.
“With this connectivity, a few big industry players and investors have indicated to invest in my constituency and is projected to attract more big ones to invest in the surrounding coastal area in the near future,” she said.
Thus, Nancy reminded the people to reject DAP’s ‘Impian Sarawak’ campaign to bring development to the rural constituencies which was only a political gimmick in pursuing its unfulfilled political agenda.
“They claim to champion and help the rural communities but they are hindering and discouraging government efforts to provide better connectivity and accessibility for the rural communities,” she said. – BERNAMA