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BN manifesto realistic, say Sarawak BN leaders

KUCHING: The Barisan Nasional (BN) manifesto launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak last night, was realistic because it was within the coalition's ability to deliver its promises, said Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) president Tan Sri William Mawan.

Mawan, who is also state social development minister, said he never doubted the BN's committment, especially to continue narrowing the regional disparity between Sarawak and Sabah, with states in the peninsular in the next five years.

"I think it's realistic and fair with an equitable distribution...I could not see it (manifesto) any differently," he told Bernama here today.

Commenting on the BN election pledges, which also gave emphasis on Sarawak's rural transformation, including the construction of the 2,300km Pan Borneo highway, provision of additional roads, clean water and power supplies, he said it was imperative that states needed to catch up as Malaysia moved towards an industrialised nation status and high income economy.

The fact that states like Sarawak could not still be lagging behind in terms of development, was being appreciated and studied by the BN government, resulting in Najib, as BN national chairman, putting such pertinent issues in the front line, added Mawan.

Meanwhile, Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) deputy information chief Datuk Peter Minos said BN was on the right footing by dedicating itself to going all out to improve all aspects of life among the rural people.

In making Malaysia a model in well-planned urban-rural development, he shared Mawan's sentiment that urban-rural disparity would be a root of many problems if not solved or left unattended, as had occurred in many developing nations.

"Given the political will, and given a caring and concerned prime minister, I am confident that BN will think and do more for the rural people in the years to come," Minos, who is also former Dayak Bidayuh National Association president, told Bernama here. -- Bernama

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