Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS), Barisan Nasional (BN) youngest component parties is feeling the heat of Parti Keadilan Rakyat incursion into its stronghold in the rural areas.
The party Member of Parliament (MP) for Lubok Antu William Nyallau Badak (pic) echoing his boss sentiment Dato’ Sri Dr James Masing but went a step further by warning government pensioners not instigate the rural folks against BN.
Badak said that pensioners should instead continue to serve the people like they used to when they were in still in service, reports Borneo Post on Monday.
“Their assistances and advices are important especially now when the country is faced with an economic downturn, and more so when the rural folk are in dire need to improve their socio-economic status through participation in various development projects.
“Pensioners are also required to provide BN elected representatives and government officials with feedback and useful opinions or suggestions.
“Do not encourage people in your respective villages, especially those in Iban dominated areas and longhouses, to align themselves with the opposition to go against the government of the day,” he said at a ‘leader-meet-the people’ session at Rumah Tenggak Basi Baru in Batang Ai Hi recently.
The first time MP who garnered 6769 votes against Nicholas Bawin 5159 in the March 2008 General Elections said that continuity in development was more important than participating in unnecessary politicking, which would hamper the pace of development.
Led by former deputy Prime Minister and boosted by the admission of Ngemah state Assemblyman Gabriel Adit, Nicholas Bawin into the party, PKR has been penetrating deep into PRS stronghold in the rural areas.
In Sibu areas, at least 15,000 former PRS members and supporters had joined PKR.
“If leaders of PKR do come to your houses and persuade you to join them, don’t entertain them,” Nyalau told the people his constituency.
He also reminded the Ibans not to adopt a ‘quarrelsome’ kind of politics for the sake of unity and the overall continuity of development in Sarawak.
He said Ibans must also be able to work closely with other races, he said.