Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Dato' Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail Visits Sarawak

PKR President Dato’ Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail Visits Sarawak: 8-10 April 2010

From the word ‘go’ the moment the plane touched down Kuching at 5pm, it was a gruelling schedule for PKR party president Dato’ Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail. First on the agenda was a meet-the-press session held at hotel lobby where Dr Azizah fielded questions from the press on current developments in politics including the forthcoming Sibu by-election.

In the evening Dr Azizah was feted at a dinner organized by PKR Layar branch under Stanny Embat and Cecilia Yuna. Guests included Angkatan Muda Keadilan chief Samsul Iskandar and state leaders Datuk Hafsah Harun, YB Dominique Ng, state chief Baru Bian, Jimmy Donald, Dato Sri Daniel Tajem and DAP YB Voon Lee Shan. Dr Azizah spoke on the Hulu Selangor and Sibu by-elections, the sodomy trial of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and state politics. Her message to Sarawakians was to urge the people of Sarawak to exercise their democratic right to vote out the Barisan Nasional which had held power for far too long.

After her speech, Dr Azizah was whisked off to Kampung Patingan, Satok for a meet-the-people session organized by Angkatan Muda Sarawak (AMK). It was very late by the time she retired for the night.

In the wee hours of the morning, Dr Azizah and her entourage departed for Lachau (200km), a town two hours’ drive away in the state constituency of Bukit Begunan. Ex Sri Aman MP and PKR vice-chairman Jimmy Donald was on hand to welcome Dr Azizah who delighted the early morning breakfasters by greeting and chatting to them. Traders were also charmed with her winsome smile when she visited their jungle produce market.

Forward to Debak (284km), the constituency where Abang Zulkifli Engkeh had contested in the 2006 election on PKR ticket and lost by a whisker. Dr Azizah addressed the crowd of local constituents, speaking of the beauty and richness of Sarawak’s resources and urged the people to vote for change.

Onward to Saratok (307km) where after a brief rest, the entourage proceeded to Rumah Latit Sg Engkabang Roban, party member John Antau’s longhouse for another meet-the-people session. Dr Azizah delighted the longhouse folks with her charm, and in her speech exhorted the people to support Party Keadilan.

It was mid-afternoon when the entourage proceeded to Sibu (462km). In Sibu, Dr Azizah met party members in the region and had dinner with PR leaders. Dr Azizah departed for Kuala Lumpur the same evening.

Transversing miles to meet Sarawakians on a schedule which would daunt any man twice her size, Dr Azizah carried off the programme with steely resolve belying her delicate and fragile demeanour. Her graciousness and her charm as party leader, as woman, as wife, as mother, touches the heart of each and everyone she meets. Exquisite, a rare gem.


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