MIRI: Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud believes the state Barisan Nasional (BN) is standing on rock-solid ground, and would remain strong after he has stepped down as chief minister on Feb 28.
Speaking to reporters after performing an earth-breaking ceremony for the Miri Water Theme Park here yesterday, the PBB president also noted that there were signs that its coalition partners were trying to emulate PBB’s style in reaching mutual consensus.
“We have this political culture and other (BN) parties are already beginning to have the same view. God willing, they will also be successful through interaction and sharing of views and ideas with PBB members.”
Taib, who has helmed the state for 33 years as chief minister, said the prevailing unity and strength of PBB were based on solidarity and the spirit of compromise on every issue concerning the party, the BN and the people in general.
“It needs time and proper planning to be what it is. This we are doing, and we believed in the party (PBB). It is based on solidarity and the spirit of compromise.
“We agree that important issues will not be overlooked or overshadowed by small and minor issues.”
Taib also mentioned that PBB had many Malay and Iban members from the rural areas who were highly educated.
“Therefore, we have a lot of inputs from this group, comprising the Ibans, Bidayuhs and Orang Ulus, who asked us to lead with policies that can be accepted by all.”
Taib said it was not difficult to convince them to be actively involved in the aspect of development as they were familiar with the concept of development through their participation.
“We encourage the Bumiputeras to work with non-Bumiputeras. Now it has started to take place gradually, or little by little, and I can see a lot of partnership between Bumiputeras and non-Bumiputeras already exist.”
On the water theme park, Taib said it would herald a new era for the state tourism industry.
The theme park would be built on a 41.6-hectare site in three stages by Miri Housing Group of Companies. Phase I is expected to be completed by end of next year.
The park is located at the Senadin residential estate and is estimated to cost RM1 billion. It can accommodate at least 6,000 visitors.
Among others, it would have an international-standard hotel with 250 rooms, a shopping mall with at least 300 shops, a recreational forest featuring unique plants, trees and herbs found in the state, facilities for water sports, a water ride, and facilities for outward activities. - theborneopost