DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang (third from left) with other party members at the launch the Impian Sabah campaign today. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, November 27, 2013.DAP has launched its latest initiative to win the hearts and minds of rural Sabah, a crucial yet impoverished voting bloc in the state, as part of its efforts to lay the ground for campaigning in the next general election.
Impian Sabah is an initiative to bring resources and infrastructure, such as small water supply systems and micro-hydroelectric dams to remote and poor villages in the interior.
Impian Sabah is the latest pillar in DAP's Impian Malaysia movement that was started after the 13th General Election. It also follows in the footsteps of the Impian Sarawak initiative started last September.
Like Impian Sarawak, projects in Impian Sabah are small scale and are funded either from public donations or corporate sponsors. Projects are implemented by party's members and volunteers who may not be from the party.
For its first project, Impian Sabah will be building a gravity feed-water system in a Kadazandusun village called Kampung Samparita Laut in Kota Marudu.
According to DAP national publicity secretary Tony Pua, the village, which has no water supply, is ironically in the constituency of Datuk Dr Maximus Ongkili, the minister in charge of water. – November 27, 2013.