BETONG (Sarawak), April 11 (Bernama) — Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak began his walkabouts in several areas in the Betong and Sri Aman divisions, about 300km from Kuching Monday morning.
The Prime Minister’s helicopter arrived from Kuching at 8.30am and landed on a field in the Saratok district, about 80km from here.
Najib was greeted by the Sarawak Assistant Minister of Agriculture, Datuk Peter Nyarok ak Entrie, who is also the Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate for Krian, and Abdullah Wahab Aziz, the BN candidate in Kalaka for the April 16 Sarawak state election.
Also present was the Resident of the Betong Division, Datuk Roni Sigan Daniel.
Upon arrival, the Prime Minister immediately walked towards Saratok town and mingled with the traders and members of the public there.
He also spent several minutes meeting with the residents at a coffee shop there.
The Saratok district has a population of about 40,000 consisting mostly of padi farmers and oil palm smallholders.
Later, Najib spoke for about five minutes to the approximately 1,000 people present at a recreational park in the centre of Saratok town.
Najib, who is also the chairman of the Barisan Nasional (BN), said for the last 50 years or so the BN government had made significant contribution to improve the lot of the people throughout the country.
He said this was not the first time that he had come to this district because previously he had visited the Juliana Longhouse in the Krian district.
Najib also said that he had approved a road construction project as well as a water treatment plant at Sungai Krian in the district.
After Najib had completed his speech, the crowd cheered “1Malaysia” and “Hidup Barisan Nasional” (Long Live Barisan Nasional) before mobbing the Prime Minister to shake his hand.
Najib later boarded the helicopter to continue his visit to Kampung Beladin, about 80km from Saratok town.
Source : Bernama