KUCHING, June 15 (Bernama) — It will be a nostalgic trip for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak when he visits a certain village during a two-day official visit to Sarawak, beginning Wednesday.
At a meet-the-people session in Kampung Pichin near Tebakang, about 80km from here — on the second day of his visit — he will retrace the footsteps of his late father, second prime minister Tun Abdul Razak Hussein.
Razak had visited the Bidayuh village during his premiership in the early 70s.
It will be Najib’s second visit to the state within less than a week after attending the Malaysian Gawai Dayak Open House 2009 here last Saturday evening, when he emphasised on the One Dream, One People and One Nation concept of a ‘1Malaysia’.
According to an official from the Sarawak information department, the prime minister is expected to begin his visit with a symbolic launching of the Kuching International Airport’s extended 3,750m runway, developed by Global Upline Sdn Bhd, on Wednesday afternoon.
Najib, who will be accompanied by his wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, is also scheduled to officiate at the opening of the 420-room Four Points Hotel By Sheraton here, being developed by the Global Hotel and Resort Sdn Bhd before proceeding to attend a community dinner at the same venue that same evening.
The following day, Najib, who is also Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman, is expected to meet Sarawak BN leaders before taking the helicopter to visit Rumah Manai, Nanga San in Batang Ai near Lubok Antu.
The Iban longhouse is located in the Batang Ai state constituency, which was retained by the BN, through Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS), in the April 7 by-election.
Later, Najib will proceed to Kampung Pichin, where he is anticipatated to rekindle the nostalgic but historic visit of his father, among the locals there.
His tight itinerary will also include a scheduled inspection of a road and drainage construction project at Kampung Bintawa Hilir and Tengah here before departing for Kuala Lumpur.
Source : Bernama