Opar landowners urge SUPP to seriously look into land issue
Posted on January 12, 2011, Wednesday
KUCHING: Landowners from Kampung Stenggang along Bau-Lundu Road, whose lands were given to private companies for oil palm plantation, blamed Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) for its lackadaisical attitude in helping them solve their problem.
They claimed that SUPP and its elected representative had failed them on the issue despite many ‘SOS’ calls made.
According to a press statement issued yesterday which was signed by its village chief Motion Sodiap and chairman of Kampung Stenggang, Bau NCR Defence Action Committee Carolus Joim Langis, such inaction by SUPP had invited adverse remarks on the party.
“As it is now, SUPP’s rating in our area is at its lowest ever since Ranum Mina held the seat some two years ago,” it said.
They also said that the affected landowners had no other option but to go to court after having exhausted all political avenues.
Kampung Stenggang is part of Opar state constituency which is held by Ranum, representing SUPP.
“If Barisan Nasional (BN) loses in Opar, it is not because the people in the area dislike BN, but because of SUPP’s inaction and indifferent attitude to the people’s complaints,” it said.
They said that BN had been performing satisfactorily in their area and it was now for SUPP to show that it can work in tandem with the BN spirit of 1Malaysia- People First, Performance Now, failing which “they (SUPP) ought to be ready to hand this seat (Opar) to the opposite opponent in the next election.”
“We shall have no regret to choose who we have to choose or constrained to choose if we are not given sufficient options to choose from,” they said.
The group fully supports the statement by Datuk Peter Minos, who is Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Opar branch chairman, who on Jan 7 was reported to have said that SUPP had to work harder to solve the land issue in Opar if the party wished to retain the seat in the coming election.
Describing land issues in Opar as serious, Minos noted that SUPP had not done much to help Opar constituents, adding that the party should put solving the issue a priority to gain continued support from the voters.