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Polls date still in the air

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SIPITANG: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is keeping an open mind on when he would call for a general election.

The Prime Minister said what mattered most was to ensure that Barisan Nasional was fully prepared to win the hearts and minds of the people.

“Before we can determine the date, we have to work hard and strengthen Barisan and solve problems faced by the grassroots,” he said after launching the Pesta Gasing dan Tamu (Gata) 2011 here yesterday.

Najib also reminded Sabah Barisan to put the people first in whatever they do.

The Prime Minister arrived in Sabah on Wednesday and met with leaders of eight Barisan component parties in a closed-door meeting.

He told them that “this could be his last visit” prior to a general election.

However, when asked to elaborate yesterday, Najib laughed it off, saying he wanted the state leaders to be prepared for the polls at any time.

In Kota Kinabalu, Najib went on a memorable trip when he dropped by a house at Kampung Likas just outside the city.

His visit came 46 years after his father Tun Abdul Razak Hussein toured the area and met the then village chief OT (Orang Tua) Bakar Busu.

Najib met Bakar’s only offspring Tijah, her husband Yahya NC Asai, 71, and their eight children and 15 grandchildren.

Yahya got engaged to Tijah when Tun Razak visited the village in 1965.

“It was just after the formation of Malaysia, and Tun Razak wanted to see for himself ordinary Malaysians in Sabah,” said Yahya, a retired Sabah Railway technician.

Earlier in the day, Najib took a stroll around Murut traditional houses at the interior township of Kemabong, some 250km from the city after launching the Juara Rakyat programme there.

He also savoured the renowned Tenom coffee and had lunch with local community leaders before flying to Sipitang to launch the RM2.7mil Esplanade there.

Najib also went for a walkabout at Inanam town market, about 10km from here.

He later announced a RM2mil allocation to build a new community hall in Inanam, adding that he was also studying a proposal to improve the roads in the town.

Source : The Star

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