BETONG (Sarawak), April 11 (Bernama) — The people of Sarawak were reminded that the formation of Malaysia through the participation of Sabah and Sarawak and the progress the country was enjoying was due to the hard work of the Barisan Nasional (BN).
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said after joining Malaysia, the people of Sarawak were enjoying progress and that only the BN could champion the interests of all Malaysians.
“The party responsible for the formation of Malaysia is the BN, then known as the Alliance, as a result of the cooperation of political parties in Sabah and Sarawak. PAS which is now trying to make inroads in Sarawak had opposed the formation of Malaysia,” he told reporters after meeting residents of Beting Maro in Kampung Beladin, near here Monday.
Also present were Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Noh Omar, Deputy Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister Datuk Rohaini Abdul Karim and the BN candidate for the Beting Maro seat, Razaili Gapor.
Sarawak, Sabah and Singapore joined the Federation of Malaya to form Malaysia in 1963. However, Singapore pulled out two years later.
In the April 16 Sarawak state election, Razaili is being challenged by PAS’ Abang Ahmad Kerdee Abang Masagus for the Beting Maro seat.
Najib advised the people of Sarawak not to be hoodwinked by the Opposition which he said was only good at making empty promises but unable to deliver, unlike the BN.
“What has happened to the promises they made in the 2008 election. Don’t cheat the people, don’t lie to the people. PAS promised the moon, stars and heaven. We are not selling the moon and stars but promise a brighter future for all Malaysians.
“Who can promise heaven…PAS cannot. Only God can. So don’t try to play God. Islam only promises that those who do good can go to heaven,” he said.
Najib said he wanted every effort and project undertaken by the BN to benefit the people, right from Perlis up to Sabah and Sarawak.
Following many requests from the fishing community in Kampung Beladin for a jetty to land their harvests, Najib asked them to discuss with Razaili, a former Sarawak Fisheries Development Authority director, on a suitable location (for the jetty) as he did not have any problems approving the allocation needed.
He added that he had also been made to understand that Noh today approved inshore and off-shore fishing licences to 125 members of the community.
Source : Bernama