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Prime Minister Taib lashes out at opposition

by Philip Kiew. y

GIVING FIRST-HAND INFO: Second Minister of Planning and Resource Management Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hassan (fourth left) and Chung Hwa Limbang school board chairman Lim Chwee Cheng (third left) briefing Taib and his wife Puan Sri Ragad Kurdi Taib on the school’s development at the opening ceremony of SJKC Chung Hwa Limbang while board members and others look on.

LIMBANG: Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud lambasted the opposition for ignoring the various development projects implemented by the government in the state.

“Look at the number of roads, the number of engineers coming from longhouses, the number of architects and professionals in the state – is that not a big change?” he asked the opposition, when declaring open SJKC Chung Hwa Limbang yesterday.

He cited the development that transformed Limbang and Lawas districts from rural backwaters of development into vibrant centres of growth today as examples of the success of the government’s development plans.

“It is very easy for the opposition to shout ‘change’, but the type they talk about is dead end of personal attacks, and the kind of change shouted by Anwar Ibrahim (Datuk Seri) is rejected by the majority of Sarawakians, as it is about making enemies and not friends,” he said.

He told the people that in a multi-racial society like Sarawak, cooperation and harmony among the people of different racial and religious backgrounds were vital for a stable and strong government.

The chief minister added the state BN government took care of every community and that he also spoke up for SUPP and MCA for the need to give recognition to Chinese education.

On the call by Chung Hwa Limbang school board for assistance from the government, he gave the assurance that he would talk to the federal government to assist them to complete phase two of their development programme.

“My hats off to the pioneers of this school which is nearly 100 years old for their noble spirit to give education and foundation of success for their future generations, and I will help,” he said.

Earlier, Second Minister of Planning and Resource Management Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hassan, in his speech, said the politics of development spearheaded by the chief minister had brought remote areas in the state into the mainstream of development.

“There are roads linking Lawas and Limbang to the border with Brunei, and a total of RM166 million was allocated to Limbang last year and this year for rural water and electricity supply, roads and others, excluding allocations for schools and others,” he said.

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