Published on: Monday, December 17, 2012
GEORGE TOWN: DAP appointed two indigenous leaders from Sabah and Sarawak in the Central Executive Committee (CEC) in wanting to secure those states in the next general election.
The leaders, Iban native Dr John Brian Anthony, and Kadazan Dr Edwin Bosi (pic), will help garner confidence from the indigenous population in East Malaysia.
Sarawak DAP Secretary Chong Chieng Jen said with the increase of parliamentary seats from seven to twelve or thirteen, the indigenous representation in the CEC was a good move.
"There has been already been an awakening on DAP among rural communities in the state and with the representation of these leaders, the party can step up its act.
"Our twice a month `ceramah' has received rousing support in the villages we go to. From posters banning us from going to their village, we now have villagers calling us to give talks there," said the Bandar Kuching MP.
Chong, who garnered 1,211 votes, placing him fourth from the eighth ranking from the last DAP election, added that the Mas Gading parliamentary, about 60km from Kuching, is almost ninety-nine percent serviced by the party.
"It used to be a white area for BN but since last year, we have made it grey. We do not discount the existence of Sarawak Free Radio and Report.
"Nevertheless, our regular meet-ups in villages have raised the confidence of people in us in the Serian parliamentary constituency which is 30km from Kuching.
"We strongly believe the party's fielding of Anthony in the Bintulu parliamentary seat would help gain the confidence of natives there.
Bintulu is ninety percent rural unlike the Sibu parliamentary seat," he said.
Together with Chong, appointees Anthony, the party's Sarawak Dayak Consultative Council chief, and Sabah DAP secretary Bosi, as well as Sabah state chairman Jimmy Wong Sze Phin lend a strong support to East Malaysia in the CEC.
Party secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said the quality of leaders from there would help create a stronger impact in the rural areas.
"They would play a role to assist the party in overcoming local issues such as land grabbings," he said.