KUCHING: A PBB Supreme Council member Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said the fact that all STAR candidates lost their deposits during the last state election was a clear reflection that Sarawakian voters were not stupid and easily swayed by rhetoric and fantasy of its president Lina Soo and her bunch of dreamers.
“She claimed MA63 is the core agenda of STAR in the last state election and this by-election.
Well said by Lina but not very well received by Sarawakian voters in the last state election and God willing, also in this by-election,” said Karim Hamzah as reported by The Borneo Post today.
Meanwhile State BN youth chief Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof said with or without the by-election, the government had implemented various developments that had been promised to the people in Tanjong Datu.
“Our former chief minister (the late Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem) had tabled a plan for Tanjong Datu, what has been achieved with more planning for the people.
“With or without the by-election, the development projects are going to be implemented anyway. A good example is the Telok Melano road because without the by-election we are doing it anyway. We will implement whatever have been promised,” he told a press conference after officiating at SME Bank’s Pan Borneo Market Outreach programme here yesterday.
Fadillah was responding to the STAR candidate Johnny Aput’s statement recently that denying BN a walkover would force the coalition to make more pledges to bring development to the constituency.
Fadillah, who is Petra Jaya MP, said what was important now was to give BN candidate Datin Patinggi Datuk Amar Jamilah Anu a big majority.
“I call on everyone voting in Tanjong Datu not to be complacent. This is the time for us to exercise our right as voters to vote so that it can be translated into a mandate for Datuk Amar Jamilah.
“A big mandate (for Jamilah) means she will have a bigger voice because she is representing a big majority of the people in her constituency. Therefore, her voice must be given attention in whatever that is forwarded as an elected representative of the area.”
He believed that Jamilah would be able to realise the wish and vision of Adenan in developing Tanjong Datu.
When asked if BN would do something to encourage young voters to come out to vote during the by-election, Fadillah said there would be ‘specific strategies and approaches’ but he declined to reveal them.
“Of course I cannot declare the strategies openly. Otherwise, it will be a tragedy (to us) later on because the opposition will manipulate them.”
Asked to comment on STAR and PBDS Baru’s manifesto, Fadillah believed they wanted to create a sentiment for the Tanjong Datu voters to sympathise with them.
“But I believe people in Tanjong Datu realise that it is the BN which has been fighting and serving them all this while. We know how to serve them and how we can address the problem they are facing right now.”
Fadillah acknowledged that land matter was one of areas that BN needed to tackle besides the issues of water and electricity supplies.
“These are work in progress. As you know, we are doing it slowly, gradually but steadily. We are improving the facilities for the people.”
In explaining the rationale behind the low-key campaign by BN this time, Fadillah said it was out of respect for Adenan.
“We are not going to have big programmes and so on because based on the sentiment on the ground, the people are still sad in losing Adenan. It is a low-key campaign for us out of respect. They are still missing Adenan.” -@ybkarimsays