State BN will work as a team in 13th GE – Jabu
Posted on July 31, 2012, Tuesday
PAKAN: The state Barisan Nasional (BN) will fight as a team against the opposition in Julau and 30 other parliamentary seats in the coming 13th general election.
Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu gave this assurance during a meet the people session at Rumah Wilfred Ullie Silla in Sungai Kawi, Ulu Wak here on Sunday.
The gathering was attended by SPDP president Tan Sri William Mawan, Julau MP Datuk Joseph Salang, state BN secretary-general Datuk Dr Stephen Rundi Utom, PRS supreme council member Liwan Lagang, political secretary to the chief minister Paul Igai and 53 longhouse chiefs.
They later visited Rumah Sumbang in Nanga Sekalong in Merurun, Julau.
Jabu said the united front by the BN was to ensure its victories in all seats.
“We want Julau to remain with the BN as much as we want to win the other 30 seats.
“A vote for the BN is a vote for continued progress, stability and unity.” Jabu said the people of Julau parliamentary constituency would be throwing away their good fortune if they were swayed by certain quarters to reject Salang, who is expected to represent the BN in the coming election.
“Salang is a deputy minister in the federal cabinet.
He is in a very good position to speak on behalf of all of us.
“Together with Mawan, who is Pakan state assemblyman, he has been helping Pakan and Meluan to develop and progress.” Most important, he added, the state BN would want Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak to continue leading the country as he is in the process of transforming the country into an industrialised and high income one by 2020.
Jabu said the Ibans should help Najib because he had shown his sincerity and commitment in helping them.
“He has honoured us by making a Gawai Dayak visit in three locations recently.”
Jabu: Stay away from opposition parties
Jabu, who is also the Minister of Rural Development, said the Dayak community should stay away from parties like PKR and PAS which had little concern for their custom and traditions.
“A PAS leader had even insulted us by saying we still wear loin clothes and as such were not capable of making the decision to vote for them like after the Batang Ai by-election.”
On the DAP, he said the party would “oppress and suppress” the native customary rights (NCR) land owners the opportunities to participate in the BN government land development programme which were aimed to eradicate rural poverty.
On the Sarawak Workers Party (SWP), he said it was a “musang berbulu ayam” (fox dressed up as a chicken).
“Its leaders say it is pro-BN, but on the other hand it wants to fight the PRS in all its six seats, namely Sri Aman, Lubok Antu, Selangau, Kanowit, Julau and Hulu Rajang.”
Meanwhile, Mawan, in his speech earlier, said he was ready “to lead in the hunt for more votes” for Salang in the coming polls should the latter be re-nominated to defend his seat.
“I have known Salang since our childhood. I also know that he is a hardworking leader and is always on the ground to serve the people.
“He deserves all our votes so that he can continue to help me bring more development to Pakan.”
“In BN, we do not believe in sabotaging or backstabbing each other as we are all family of the BN.
“A win for BN is a win for all of us.”