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BN will continue to fulfil its pledges, says Najib
SIBU: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said the Barisan Nasional government would continue to fulfil the pledges it made to the people here, despite it losing the seat in the 2010 by-election.
The prime minister said he was once asked by a Cabinet minister what should be done in Sibu after BN’s defeat.
“I told him we will continue to fulfil our promises. Whatever we promise, we deliver.
“And we have delivered," Najib said to thunderous applause from community leaders at a dinner gathering last night.
The prime minister is on a two-day working visit here.
Citing examples, Najib said the first phase of the flood mitigation for the town, costing some RM230 million, had been completed and the second phase was expected to start soon.
He said in addition to that, five water pumps had also been built to keep water out of this low-lying town, which sits next to the mighty Rajang River.
“Sibu today is much better than what it was,” he added.
Najib also pointed out the government would continue working on the RM550 million road connecting this town to the deepwater port of Tg Manis it had pledged to do before the by-election.
Other major projects which the government had delivered or is in the process of being delivered are the RM137 million expansion of the Sibu airport (expected completion September), a RM200 million double carriageway linking the airport to Durin bridge, a major bridge across the Rajang river, and the RM15 million river deepening project to reduce flooding at areas around Rajang.
Najib also reminded the community leaders it was important for them to "remember during this challenging time the inherent problem of changing government".
“This is a complex country. Not easy to manage this country. The opposition has not shown it has the credibility to manage this country,” he said, adding that after four years the opposition’s pledge of a shadow cabinet had not still materialised.
“The opposition had still not sorted themselves out. They don’t know what portfolio to give (Lim) Kit Siang or (Datuk Seri) Anwar (Ibrahim) or Haji Hadi (Pas president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang).
“If they cannot form the shadow cabinet, how can we trust them to manage this country?”
Najib later presented to Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud a letter of invitation from the Higher Education Ministry for the setting up of University College of Technology Sarawak here.
UCTS is a joint venture between the state government and University Kuala Lumpur.