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Monday May 10, 2010

Flood woes top manifesto

SIBU: Solving this town’s flood woes is top on DAP’s seven-point manifesto for the by-election here themed, “Sibu Jom Ubah” or “Sibu4change”.

Its candidate Wong Ho Leng said: “When DAP and Pakatan becomes the government at the federal and state levels, we promise to solve the flood problems in Sibu in two years.”

Wong, who is the State DAP chairman, said at a press conference after the unveiling of the manifesto here, that they also aimed at providing all Sarawakians aged above 60 a minimum of RM100 per annum as a gift for their contributions to the state.

Poster war is on: Workers putting up a billboard for DAP candidate Wong Ho Leng in Sibu town yesterday.

He said they also wanted to introduce a minimum wage of RM750 per month for workers in the peninsula and RM830 for workers in Sarawak.

On education, Wong said all schools would be given allocations according to their needs as practised in Penang, Selangor and Kelantan so that children would have a bright future.

The three other points in the manifesto concerned oil royalty, land reform, and competency, accountability and transparency in governance.

Earlier, a group of Pakatan Rakyat leaders, including from PAS, visited the Sacred Heart Church and after mass, Wong’s wife Irene Chang joined them in distributing leaflets.

Shah Alam MP Khalid Abdul Samad said the visit was to counter Barisan’s claim that PAS was against other religions in the country.

Meanwhile, Cheras MP Tan Kok Wai said the by-election was like an early Christmas or Chinese New Year all over again with Barisan coming bearing “many gifts”.

Bursting out into the chorus of a popular Chinese New Year song “Choi Sun Tow” (God of prosperity is coming), Tan, the DAP national organising secretary, said Barisan would “pour in millions of ringgit to develop the town and provide financial assistance for Chinese independent secondary schools in the coming days.”

Addressing a rally in the town centre on Saturday, Tan urged voters to support Wong, saying that they should not worry about not having financial funding from the federal government because the state election was “just round the corner”.

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