Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah says DAP's Bandar Kuching candidate Kelvin Yii, who claimed there’s a lack of development in the state, should go to the ground and see for himself before talking.
Sarawak minister Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah says the state has undergone tremendous transformation thanks to BN’s efforts.
PETALING JAYA: A Sarawak minister has criticised DAP’s Dr Kelvin Yii for claiming there is a lack of development in the state, saying the Bandar Kuching hopeful’s “pathetic knowledge” shows he must be “living on another planet”.
State Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah also defended the state’s development despite its massive size.
“Sarawak is almost as big as the entire Peninsular Malaysia and it requires a lot of funds, expertise and planning to be on par with Peninsular Malaysia,” he said.
Yii had criticised another Sarawak Barisan Nasional (BN) leader, Dr Sim Kui Hian (the SUPP president), for saying only BN could “make things happen”. Yii said the state was severely lagging behind in development, basic necessities and infrastructure.
He also said that many schools and clinics in the state were in a dilapidated condition.
“If Sarawak BN, which SUPP is part of, was really able to make things happen, Sarawak would have been one of the most developed states in the country with the numerous resources it is blessed with,” Yii had said.
Karim told FMT that despite Sarawak’s size and challenging terrain, Sarawak BN had been able to develop the state progressively.
“Before the 1990s, Samarahan was mostly a jungle area but it’s now a vibrant residential and educational hub. Bintulu was a fishing village with a population of 5,000 in the 1970s. Now it is an industrial town, home to some 250,000 people.”
Miri, he added, was a laid back oil town in the early 1960s, but had been transformed into a beautiful resort city.
“Likewise, towns such as Sibu, Kapit, Limbang, Betong, Sri Aman, Mukah and more recently Serian, have all seen a tremendous transformation. This was achievable due to the good planning and foresight of the Sarawak BN government.”
Karim, who is a PBB vice-president, also said Yii was wrong to blame the state government in matters such as education, health, roads, and utilities as these were the responsibility of the federal government.
“Definitely, change and transformation cannot happen overnight unless Yii has a magic lamp. He must be blind to not see the changes happening around him.
“It is best that he goes down to the ground and sees the changes Sarawak has undergone throughout the years for himself rather than making statements which reflect his ignorance and pathetic knowledge.” -FreeMalaysiaToday