Baru (second left) addressing reporters during a press conference after chairing state PKR leadership council meeting yesterday. Also seen are (from left) Ali, See and PKR national women exco member Nurhanim Hanna Mokhsen.
KUCHING: Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Sarawak has come up with a 20-point ‘Roadmap for a New Sarawak’ that will address issues close to the hearts of Sarawakians, if they were given the opportunity to govern the state after the next state election.
Its chairman Baru Bian was hopeful that the proposed roadmap would be finalised and approved by the state PKR leadership by July 21, before getting it launched by PKR deputy president and Selangor Menteri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali on July 22.
“We don’t call it a manifesto. We call it a 20-point Roadmap for a New Sarawak, which is a very good title. The proposed roadmap is very detailed and we believe it will address all the hottest issues in Sarawak.
“I believe that this will be a very realistic approach by PKR for the people of Sarawak to consider as we face the next state election,” he said after chairing PKR state leadership council meeting at state PKR headquarters here yesterday.
Baru who is Ba Kelalan assemblyman said the roadmap would cover various areas such as statehood, governance, religious freedom, land, economic justice, civil infrastructure, healthcare, electricity and water supplies, education, housing, transportation, welfare, women’s right, youth priviledges, tourism, culture, environment, agriculture, labour and community leaders.
He said the party is putting forward to Sarawakians a range of new and practical offers’ that the Sarawak BN government had failed to deliver for the last 53 years of governing the state.
“So you need to give us the opportunity and a chance to be the government of the day. That is what we are asking from the people then we will prove it.”
Baru said they had included a time frame for the roadmap promises to be fulfilled, which could either be implemented “immediately” or “quite immediate”.
Baru also announced that the state PKR would be organising its state-level Hari Raya open house on July 22 in Kuching which would be attended by Azmin.
“Also, I think it coincides with the date that we all for all these years want recognition. If you still remember, July 22 is a special date for Sarawak which is the independence of Sarawak.”
Meanwhile, Baru said PKR Petra Jaya branch would be organising a breaking of fast event at its Petra Jaya Service Centre this coming Sunday at 6.30pm.
“All are welcome and it is the time for our branch leaders and members to give something to the public.”
Among those present at the press conference were state PKR deputy chairman Abang Zulkifli Abang Engkeh, vice-chairmen See Chee How, Ali Biju and Boniface Willy Tumek.