State BN sec-gen put off by PPP’s antics

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KUCHING: State Barisan Nasional (BN) secretary-general Datuk Dr Stephen Rundi Utom has urged People’s Progressive Party (PPP) not to mislead Sarawakians by talking big.

He said it was known to everybody that the party was completely wiped out in the  peninsula before it decided to spread its wings to Sarawak.

“What ever they say or which ever source of information they got it from, they obviously have no idea about us Sarawakians.

“At the same time, they are either plain opportunists or they come here for the sake of survival,” he said.

Dr Rundi was commenting on a statement made by the party’s vice president Datuk Nik Sapeia Nik Yusoff last Saturday that only his party could outwit peninsula-based opposition parties in the state.

Nik Sapeia was also quoted by the press as saying his party was not bothered by the views of the state BN on their entry into Sarawak.

“The state BN’s acceptance of PPP here is a secondary issue because the most important thing for the state BN now is to focus on getting back on their feet after many defeats in the previous state election.

“Whether CM (Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud) acceps (PPP) or not is secondary.

“He is a component BN leader … he is a committee like us also,” he said in Siburan.

He also said PPP would not have spread its wings here if the state BN was strong enough to control the state.

“This is very simple … we are just doing our responsibility. If Sarawak is fully controlled by BN, then we don’t have to come.

“It is because they are losing, so we come to help. Why do we want to distrub if you (the state BN) are already strong enough?” he asked.

Dr Rundi said it was obvious that PPP was trying to pull wool over the rakyat’s eyes by giving an impression that they had the might to take all the peninsula-based opposition parties in the state.

“What makes them think we are blind to all these?

“The question now is what is the motive of such a persistent move?” he asked.

He was also sad and angry that PPP had no respect for Sarawak BN despite the fact that the coalition received a strong mandate from the rakyat to win with more than two thirds majority.

“Come on (PPP), stop the mess!” he said.