1. CONCERNS OVER AUTO-VOTER REGISTRATION
Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Youth has expressed its concern over the automatic voter registration move.
PBB Youth Chief Gerald Rentap Jabu fears that the exercise would favour only the cities and major towns due to the rural-urban migration.
When asked about the constitutional amendment to reduce the voting age to 18, he said he fully supported the amendment to let the younger generation be politically empowered.
However, he added, the decline in population in the rural areas would not give a clear indication of how the younger generation wanted their ancestral and traditional homes to benefit.
Therefore, it might only affect mainstream development as they will be concentrated in major towns.
2. UNIMAS, SENARI SYNERGY TO JOINTLY ADDRESS WATER WOES
Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) is working together with Senari Synergy Sdn Bhd to resolve inconsistent water supply issues arising from low water pressure, ageing piping and uneven distribution in rural areas of Sarawak.
UNIMAS stated that a memorandum of understanding (MoU) had been signed by the university and Senari Synergy to enable both parties to explore solutions involving developing and/or rejuvenating the existing water supply infrastructure in remote areas that are difficult to access.
The cooperation will also entail the development of a standalone system that will help complement the existing Sarawak State Water Grid.
The signing of the MoU at Wisma Bapa Malaysia on Wednesday was witnessed by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.
3. POLICE TO STEP UP EFFORTS TO COMBAT DRUG ABUSE
Meanwhile, in Sibu, Police will continue to mount aggressive operations to combat drug abuse.
Sarawak Deputy Commissioner of Police Dato Pahlawan Mohd Dzuraidi Ibrahim said drug-related cases in the state were on the increase based on the number of arrests this year.
During his working visit yesterday, he said, the situation, however, was still fully under control.
Dato Pahlawan Dzuraidi also suggested that to curb the problem, school authorities play an important role in guiding the students to keep away from drug abuse.