Don’t fall for rhetoric of opposition — Wong

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Ninth Infantry Brigade Brigadier General Abdul Rahim Sebli (second right) receives the trophy for ‘Best Exhibition Booth’ from Wong as (from right) Sikie, Misnu, Leong, Hii and Felicia Tan from Sarawak Implementation Monitoring Unit look on.

Ninth Infantry Brigade Brigadier General Abdul Rahim Sebli (second right) receives the trophy for ‘Best Exhibition Booth’ from Wong as (from right) Sikie, Misnu, Leong, Hii and Felicia Tan from Sarawak Implementation Monitoring Unit look on.

A lucky draw winner gestures as he receives his prize from Wong (left) while Misnu (centre) looks on.

A lucky draw winner gestures as he receives his prize from Wong (left) while Misnu (centre) looks on.

SIBU: Sarawakians should be wary of the rhetoric and propaganda that may come about from the opposition parties, particularly those from Peninsular Malaysia.

Being a Sarawakian, Second Finance Minister Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh said he does not wish to see that sort of political culture brought to the state.

“I know some are of religious and racial extremism and we do not allow such things to dilute or pollute Sarawak culture.

“So in time to come, I hope all of us will be on the lookout for such propaganda or rhetoric perpetuated by members of the opposition,” he said when officiating at the closing of Sejiwa Senada programme here on Sunday.

Others present at the function included Deputy State Secretary Datu Misnu Taha, Wong’s wife Datin Sri Pauline Leong, Sibu Resident Hii Chang Kee and Assistant Minister of Local Government Datuk John Sikie Tayai.

Wong, who is also Minister of Local Government and Community Development, cautioned the people not to be misled into believing that there should be change of government.

“Yes we agree that there should be change but change must come gradually and systematically as what is being done by the state government led by the Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem.

“Step by step, he is bringing about changes to Sarawak as a whole and to rural areas in particular,” he said.

He elaborated that change has to be led by experienced leaders and not by those who are foolhardy and driven by personal
interest.

“So in the coming state election, I call on all of you to give greater mandate to Barisan Nasional (BN) to rule for the next five years,” he said.

Earlier, Wong who is also Bawang Assan assemblyman and United People’s Party president, reiterated his call to the people to make supporting Adenan their New Year resolution.

He said within two years after taking over as chief minister Adenan has established an efficient government with transparency and accountability as its hallmark.

Under Adenan’s capable and dynamic leadership, Wong said the people could see great changes taking place – politically, socially, economically and culturally.

“Adenan is such a dynamic, open-minded leader and he cares for the people especially in rural areas.

“In his 50 major policy decisions, he had really brought a great deal to the people of Sarawak,” he said.

On the Sejiwa Senada programme, Wong said it showed the good cooperation among government departments and agencies.

He said the programme held from Jan 15 to 17 at Tuanku Haji Bujang Tuanku Othman Square here was a success and had attracted some 130,000 visitors.

At the same function, Wong presented prizes to winners of the lucky draw and ‘Best Exhibition Booth’ contest.