Support Adenan’s team – PM

Najib urges Chinese community in Sarawak to return to the BN’s fold to strengthen government

SIBU: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak last night called on all Sarawakians to support “Adenan’s team” in the coming state election.
Speaking at the national-level Chinese New Year (CNY) Open House at Sibu Townsquare, the prime minister said he wanted Adenan to be given a big mandate for the next five years to ensure a strong state government.
A strong state government, he explained, would put Sarawak in a better position to talk and negotiate with the federal government.
“If you want additional allocation, if you want empowerment, or if you want development programmes, all these can be a reality if you have a strong state government under the current chief minister,” he said.
“That is why Adenan’s team must and should be given strong support. Adenan has been doing the right thing and saying the right thing, and the next five years would be enough time for him to delivery for all communities in Sarawak.”
Najib said it was also important for the Chinese not to be divided because the BN government needed strong representation from the Chinese community.
Present at the gathering were Najib’s wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem, Adenan’s wife Datin Patinggi Datuk Jamilah Anu, Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu Numpang and Minister of Local Government and Community Development Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh.
On another matter, Najib revealed there was a proposal to elevate Sibu to a city, and said it would have his support.
“The proposal had yet to be presented at the Cabinet, but I want to state here that this proposal has my personal support.
“This will open a new era for Sibu and will bring many benefits to all the people of Sibu and the surrounding areas.
Meanwhile, Adenan appealed to the federal government to help solve the state’s drainage problems.
He pointed out that inadequate drainage and low-lying areas were among the main reasons for flooding in Kuching and in other parts of the state.
He noted the flooding in Kuching this year was more serious than in past years.
In the case of Sibu, he said the town was sitting on a low-lying area, and it was difficult to find hilly lands.
“When flood comes, Sibu will be badly affected. Many efforts have been made by the government and these had yielded results, but still inconsequential.
“We must, therefore, ask for federal government’s help to solve the problems of drainage in Sarawak.”
Adenan said Sarawak is a vast state, and while the south was experiencing flooding, the north was besieged by drought.
“We are in trouble now…it is raining continuously in Kuching, while in Miri and Ulu Baram, it is drought.”
On Najib, Adenan said he had been to towns and rural areas in the state.
“He (Najib) is the one who is always here with us. With such a prime minister, we need not be worried as what the state is lacking will be fulfilled in time to come. So, give him more time to fulfill what he has promised for Sarawak.”
He pointed out the 1,000km Pan Borneo Highway was one Najib’s gifts to the state. This project could open up the state’s economy, like what the North and South highways did for the economy in the peninsula.
Hence, he said those who sneered at this as mere rhetoric should see for themselves by visiting Sematan, Saratok and Bintulu, as work had started. – Borneo Post.

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