Thursday, April 28, 2016

#PRNSarawak : Opposition is full of talk, says Salleh Said

The Opposition is "all rant and no returns", says Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak.

"Their chief minister in Penang faces accusations that are now being investigated. It means that they only talk, but they never do what they say," he said during his visit to the Al-Muhajirin Mosque in Kampung Usahajaya Baru, here, Thursday.

Salleh Said was referring to issues surrounding the Pinhorn Road bungalow purchase by Lim Guan Eng, who is also DAP secretary-general.

Also present was Special Affairs Department (Jasa) director-general Datuk Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi.

"(DAP advisor) Lim Kit Siang himself admitted that in Sarawak, it will be Chief Minister Adenan for five more years. He has admitted defeat.

"And if we know the Sarawak chief minister is going to be from Barisan, we must make sure the state seats are Barisan also," said Salleh Said.

He was referring to the veteran politician's response to Adenan's warning that voting for the Opposition could result in the "grim possibility" of Sarawak being governed by Peninsular Malaysia parties.

Kit Siang had said that the most the Opposition could do was to deny Barisan a two-thirds majority in the state assembly.

Salleh Said's first stop in Sibu was to whip up support for the ruling party, which is in a five-cornered fight for the Dudong seat in this Chinese-majority area.

The incumbent, DAP's Yap Hoi Liong, won by a 317-vote majority over the current Barisan candidate Datuk Tiong Thai King in a three-cornered fight in 2011.

"This time, we can win if we ensure that every single supporter goes out and votes," Salleh Said told the villagers.

The other three candidates for this hot seat are independent Datuk Seri Benny Lee, who is the former Dudong SUPP branch vice-chairman; Mary Ting (STAR); and independent Casper Kayong.

However, Salleh Said was dismissive of the lot.

"STAR is no longer laku (viable) in Sabah, what more Sarawak? Independent, free to go where?

"DAP and PKR are fighting among themselves ... So the reason they are in politics is not to help the rakyat, but to get posts for themselves.

"Vote for Barisan Nasional, the ruling party that wants to solve problems," said the Sabah Umno deputy chief.

A simple lunch of plain white rice, half a salted egg, fried fish and tomato sambal was given to the guests at the mosque, who had packed the hall well before 10am in anticipation of the minister's arrival at 11.30am.

After his speech, Salleh Said handed out contributions of cooking oil and rice in Kedai Rakyat 1Malaysia bags to 100 attendees, comprising 60 Malay Melanaus, 20 Ibans and 20 Chinese.

Also mentioned was a fund to sponsor activities at the mosque and provide infrastructure, such as two computer units.

Salleh Said posed for photos with the aid recipients before leaving for a newspaper subscription event at University College Technology Sarawak and another grassroots event in Kanowit, about an hour's drive from Sibu.

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