KABONG (SARAWAK), April 27 (Bernama) — The people cannot live in harmony if they continue to be deceived by the opposition who only know how to make empty promises to gain their support and votes each time there is a general election.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the opposition could only make empty promises to the people and after achieving their goal, the promises remained unfulfilled because they did not have the capacity to implement them.
“The opposition can promise us many things, and in the 2008 general election they also made many promises in Selangor but today, many of the promises remain unfulfilled,” he said at a gathering of the people with the leader which was attended by about 5,000 residents from around Kabong, here today.
Najib said the opposition was not like the Barisan Nasional (BN) government where the leaders would ensure that the rakyat, whether in the urban or rural areas, would benefit from development in a fair and equitable manner.
He said the development agenda adopted by the BN government was not for a short spell but for the long-term or continuous period.
“The agenda is continuous and was introduced by my late father (Tun Abdul Razak), but it will not be implemented if there is no continuity in leadership as in the BN today, and now, it is my turn to continue the agenda,” he said.
He said the government was concerned about the problems of the people particularly in the rural areas and had identified the rural infrastructure development programme such as roads, electricity and clean water supply as an important agenda under the National Key Result Areas (NKRAs).
He said if the people continued to give their mandate to the BN for another five years, much more could be done by the government for the people and this was not an empty promise because all this while, the BN had proven that what had been planned had actually been implemented.
“We seek the mandate not because we are crazy for power or we want to cheat the people, but because we have a major agenda that must be completed,” he said.
According to Najib, the BN needed continued support from the people of Sarawak who had given their trust to the top leadership in the BN all this while.
Najib, who understood the needs of the people in the Saratok Parliamentary constituency, announced that several projects would be implemented in the area especially the road and drainage projects worth about RM26 million, namely Jalan Ulu Krian/Ulu Awik (RM18 million), Jalan Ulu Kabong/Station DID Sesang (RM5 million), Kampung Melango and Pagan Saratok road upgrading (RM2.5 juta), the Lubok Nibong rice bowl road (RM950,000) and the drainage project in Kabong and Nyabor (RM200,000).
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud said almost 700 kilometres of new roads had been constructed in Sarawak under the NKRA and this proved that the BN government was not making empty promises to the people.
“When the Prime Minister (Najib) announced the NKRA two years ago, it had given much attention to Sarawak and Sabah and many facilities such as roads, electricity supply and clean water supply had been implemented for the people,” he said.
Source : Bernama