Sunday, September 26

Rural folk want devt — Abdul Karim

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SIBU: Rural folk want development, stability, prosperity and a government that cares for their well-being, says Assistant Minister of Youth Development Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.

“It’s all there in BN party…unlike PKR which was set up purely to release Datuk Seri Annuar Ibrahim from prison.

“We have many elections held since Independence and we can see that the rural folk have made their decision which party they want to form the government. The reason is that they want development, stability, prosperity and a government that can look after them,” Abdul Karim, who is Asajaya assemblyman, told The Borneo Post yesterday.

PKR Kanowit secretary George Chen claimed at a press conference on Thursday that rural folk often received warnings from BN representatives that projects would be cancelled, services of tuai rumah (headmen) terminated, scholarships withdrawn and so on if they did not support the government of the day.

Chen further claimed that such tactic did not work these days as the rural folk were more politically mature and knew how to judge for themselves.

Abdul Karim, who is PBB Supreme Council member, said: “PKR and the opposition must be thinking that rural folk are so stupid…that they would easily be cowed to threat and intimidation…and would vote for BN blindly just because they fear development projects would be withheld, tuai rumah services terminated or scholarship withdrawn if they refused to support the government of the day.

“This only exists in the mind of PKR and opposition leaders who feel that the non support of the people for them is because the BN government is playing dirty and using threats to hold on to power.”

That Kanowit PKR chap has answered his own stupidity by saying that rural folk were nowadays more politically mature and knew how to judge for themselves, he added.

“I needn’t elaborate further as he has answered his own illusion… that rural folk are not as stupid that he thinks they are,” Abdul Karim, said.