Sunday, June 15, 2008
PM: We are thankful to Sarawak
An Extract from NST Online
KUCHING: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi last night thanked the people of Sarawak for supporting Barisan Nasional in the March 8 general election.
Speaking at the Gawai Dayak open house in Petra Jaya, Abdullah said the support was the reason why Sarawak was given the extra RM1 billion for rural development.
“The strong support was a signal to the government that the people (in Sarawak) want BN to form the government and enjoy continued development
"And it is, therefore, the duty of the government to give the higher allocation."
The Gawai Dayak open house was his second visit to the state in four days.
It was during his visit on June 10 that he announced the extra RM1 billion allocation that would go to speed up the electrification programme of the rural areas and the building of more schools.
The Gawai Dayak drew a larger than expected crowd to the open house, which showcased the culture and traditions of the races in the state.
This year, for the first time, the open house showcased those of the minority groups like the Lun Bawang, Bisaya and the Penan.
The 6,000-seater stadium was packed and among the crowd were foreign journalists.
Sarawak's head of state Tun Abang Muhammad Sallahuddin Abang Barieng and his wife also attended the event.
Bravo! Thank you for your generosity. But wait, it smells like shit !
Thankful to Sarawak? No !! Not all in Sarawak support the BN.
The PM should have been more specific. He should mention and thank the simple ignorant rural folks of Sarawak who are easily psyched and won over during election time with the simple goodies (read:miserly handouts) distributed by the government. Small grants, a new generator,a few chickens and pigs, a hundred ringgit per family, maybe a crate of beer.... Then, see you again at the next election.
He should also not forget to thank the thousands of die-hard loyal postal voters in many constituencies who throw in their full (100 %) support behind the BN candidates.