Najib: We will fulfill campaign promises in Batang Ai

By Wednesday June 17th, 2009 No Comments

LUBOK ANTU, Sarawak, June 18 — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today gave an undertaking that the government would fulfill all the pledges made during the recent state by-election in Batang Ai where the constituents returned the Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate with an increased majority.

Najib, who started a two-day visit to Sarawak yesterday, said he had made the trip here to personally thank the people for their support and to give an assurance that all the by-election pledges would be fulfilled.

Addressing the people at a gathering at Rumah Manai near here, he said the government had approved an allocation of RM10 million to build a road from Lubok Antu to Bulo and had issued tenders for the construction of two more roads in Lubok Antu and Engkelili at a cost of RM60 million.

He also said that RM3.4 million had been allocated to renovate 233 longhouses in Batang Ai.

Najib said several other projects were being implemented in Lubok Antu at a cost of RM75 million, including the construction of the RM58-million Lubok Antu Customs, Immigration and Quarantine Complex and several facilities for tourists.

Malcolm Mussen Lamoh of the BN beat former Lubok Antu MP Jawah Gerang, who had contested on a Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) ticket, in the April 7 by-election with a majority of 1,854 votes.

The by-election was held following the death of former assistant minister in the Chief Minister’s Office Datuk Dublin Unting Ingkot on February 24.

Najib said Malcolm’s victory showed that the people in Sarawak had confidence in the BN government in determining their future.

Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud, in his speech, said he hoped that Najib would continue the struggle begun by his late father, Tun Abdul Razak Hussein, in championing the plight of the Sarawak people, especially those in the rural areas.

Malcolm, who also spoke at the function attended by about 5,000 people, pledged to uphold the trust the constituents had placed in him.

Source : Bernama

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