SIBU: Several state BN leaders have called Pakatan Rakyat’s (PR) bluff over a towering promise it made to build a toll-free Pan Borneo highway, calling the promise bewildering, especially since PR is still grappling with unresolved issues in the states under its administration.
The BN leaders said it was clear the opposition pact’s intention was just to fish for votes, knowing very well they will not be able to fulfill the promise like all the other things in their long list of unfulfilled promises.
“What have they done in Penang, Selangor, Kedah and Kelantan? Highway rakyat announced by Kelantan, what happened to it?
“Just look at Permatang Pauh, have they resolved the flooding issue over there? What about the traffic congestion in Penang?
“If I were to name them, there will be a long list of issues not resolved. Penang is only the size of Kuching yet he (Lim Guan Eng) can’t manage it well, including the decline in foreign direct investments (FDI),” state BN youth chief Datuk Fadillah Yusof said.
To PBB supreme council member Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, PR was very good at making promises and dangling ‘carrots’ to entice voters as proven during the last general election when many fell for their trap.
“Many promises were made in Selangor and Penang and what do we see now? Only 15 per cent of those promises were fulfilled.
“Now, they want to do the same thing in Sarawak. So far, we have seen several PR members elected into Sarawak DUN. What did they promise the people before they got elected?
“They claim to advocate transparency against abuse of power and others. When DAP Supreme Council election was rigged, none of the DAP Adun (elected representatives) spoke up.
“Why are all of them silent? Isn’t transparency one of the matters in their agenda?” asked Abdul Karim, who is Assistant Minister of Youth Development and Asajaya assemblyman.
On Guan Eng’s claim that BN had neglected the people of Sabah and Sarawak, Karim’s advice was for the DAP secretary-general to shut up.
He said the peninsula-based opposition party had been a racist party since its inception.
“This is because it only advocates the interests of a particular race. Even their elected DUN members in Sarawak refused to wear the ceremonial songkok and dress during their swearing-in just because the songkok reflects identity of another race!”
“What has Lim Guan Eng to say about that? Has he been fair to the other races and the poor and homeless in Penang?” Karim further asked.
Meanwhile, state BN secretary-general Datuk Dr Stephen Rundi said the opposition was running out of ideas.
“They are repeating/reading out our manifesto and running out of idea,” Dr Rundi, who is also Assistant Minister of Public Utilities (Electricity and Telecommunications), said.