MIRI: Sarawak Barisan Nasional component parties must go all out to recapture the Miri parliamentary seat in the coming 14th general election.
Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg noted the seat was once a Barisan stronghold but was lost to the opposition for the first time in 2013.
He said with all four component parties – Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS), Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) and Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) – now fully recovered after being embroiled in internal conflicts, the chances of winning back the Miri parliamentary seat seemed bright.
“We must win the Miri parliamentary seat so that we can develop together for the future generation,” he said at the Chinese New Year dinner organised by SUPP Miri and Sibuti parliamentary liaison committee.
Abang Johari, who is also the state Barisan chairman, said the Miri community must think rationally during GE14 as it would determine the future of Miri as well as the development of Miri division.
“All four leaders in Sarawak Barisan component parties are Sarawakians, we will protect the state’s rights based on the constitution,” he added.
Meanwhile, Miri SUPP and Sibuti Parliamentary liaison committee chairman Datuk Lee Kim Shim said the party had formed an election committee and its election machinery was ready to move once campaigning starts.
“Together with our component parties PBB, PRS and PDP, we will make sure that we wrest the Miri parliamentary seat,” he said.
On another issue, Lee who is state Assistant Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister hoped that the state government would study the possibility of turning the Miri river from Pullman Hotel to Kampung Wireless into a waterfront that could attract tourists similar to the Kuching Waterfront.
He also appealed to the chief minister to consider making Miri City the headquarters of Sarawak-owned oil and gas company, Petroleum Sarawak Bhd (Petros).
“Miri has been the centre of the oil and gas industry for hundreds of years.
“It is hoped that Petros will play an active role in developing the oil and gas industry in Sarawak, particularly in Miri, thereby creating more jobs and opportunities for the locals,” he added. — Bernama