SIBU: Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng should stop instigating the Dayak community to oppose the state government’s plan to develop Native Customary Right(NCR)land during his visits to Sarawak, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu said yesterday.
He said NCR issues were simply not Guan Eng’s cup of tea.
“The DAP secretary-general has no knowledge of what is going on in Sarawak. He does not know the sentiments on the ground and neither does he know the feelings of the NCR landowners.
“Of course, there is no NCR land in Penang,” he said at the presentation of Amanah Saham Bumiputera Sejahtera aid to 67 selected recipients from the state’s central zone here.
Jabu said NCR land development programmes as initiated by the government were basically aimed at eradicating rural poverty by making use of the land belonging to the people.
The DAP, he said, would always try to “oppress and suppress” such noble efforts which were now getting more widely accepted.
He reminded the people that if they allowed themselves to be swayed by the opposition claims and lies, they would be the ones who would continue to suffer.
Touching on the party slogan, ‘Ubah’ or changing the government in the coming polls, Jabu said said they would accomplish nothing by not doing anything except criticising and making empty promises.
On Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), PKR, Jabu, who is also deputy president of Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), said it was in dire need of better candidates contesting in the election.
He said the Dayak community in particular should decide if they wanted PKR advisor Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to be their new prime minister should the Pakatan Rakyat win enough seats to form the government.
“Anwar had insulted the community when, in the Batang Ai by-election in April 2009, he showed he had little knowledge nor respect for their customs and traditions.
“He had shown no respect to a family who was mourning the loss of a relative at a longhouse he had visited,” he said. — Bernama (FR)