Friday, 26 April 2013

GE13: Anwar merely making empty promises, says PBB deputy president

KUCHING: PBB deputy president Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg has called Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim “Raja Pusing” or the fact-twisting king.

He told people not to listen to Anwar and other Pakatan Rakyat leaders.

Referring to Anwar's recent promise to build a highway from Kuching to Sabah in five years, he said it was just empty talk.

According to him, Anwar once promised to build the state's coastal highway when he was deputy prime minister and finance minister.

“But he never did abu dua sudu (nothing). So we need to think thoroughly about who we should vote for on polling day,” he said at Masjid Darul Hana in Kampung Seberang Hilir during a groundbreaking ceremony yesterday.

Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud, who is state Barisan Nasional chairman, was the guest of honour at the ceremony.

Johari, who is State Housing Minister, said the Seberang Hilir area would see more growth under Barisan Nasional and, due to that, a new settlement called Darul Hana had to be developed.

This settlement will cover 12 traditional Malay villages.

“Darul Hana is Taib's brainchild to redevelop and restructure Seberang Hilir which has become very congested,” he said.

In his speech, Taib pointed to a need to preserve Malay traditions and customs such as being neighbourly, helpful, thankful and having the spirit of gotong-royong amid the and process of modernisation.

In the past, he said, villagers did not have to go to court or the police to settle any squabble as they had religious elders and community leaders acted as mediators.

“We must make sure that the young and future generations know and appreciate their roots,” he said.

Darul Hana resettlement is an extension of Seberang Hilir and covers a site of about 200ha.- thestar

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