Sunday, June 26, 2022

Strange logic to sincerity

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Parti Pesaka Bumiputra (PBB) deputy president Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg’s statement that Sarawak supports leaders who are sincere in helping the state seems all good and right and paints the general altitude that Sarawakians share when it comes to those that do good towards them.

“I have long been in politics and I know the opposition leader when he was in power.

“We are supposed to have our coastal road and then their leader who was our Deputy Prime Minister then did not do anything … I was there in the state cabinet.

“Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak came and he brought the Pan Borneo Highway so you can see the sincerity of the leader. I mean I cannot lie and Sarawakians are also rational people, we have a culture of supporting people who assist us,” he said.

Anwar did nothing

Yet, his example clearly is ironic at best.

In a clear reference to Anwar Ibrahim, Abang Johari exerts the fact that he knew Anwar when he was then the Deputy Prime Minister. And while Anwar was in the Deputy Prime Minister seat, according to Abang Johari, Anwar did nothing to support or push the coastal road through for Sarawak. And Abang Johari is in the know, since at that time he was in the state cabinet.

Based on Abang Johari’s logic – Najib is sincere and Anwar is not.

To come to a conclusion on one’s sincerity base on a singular example is down-right wrong. And what may sound like the truth is only half baked.

Anwar Ibrahim was, in the day, Deputy Prime Minister from the Barisan Nasional front. And the decision on whether the Pan Borneo Highway is brought to Sarawak or not does not solely rest on Anwar Ibrahim’s shoulders.

That decision rests on the federal cabinet of the day – chaired by the prime minister of the day, Tun Mahathir Mohamad.

Strange logic to sincerity

Unable to convince PM

Why did the Sarawak state cabinet unable to convince the prime minister of the day to ‘bring’ the project to Sarawak?

It is convenient to blame Anwar Ibrahim now, but back in the day when he was NOT the opposition leader; why was there silence from the Sarawak BN component parties when Sarawak was obviously being overlooked by their own BN counter-parts in the federal government?

The laying down of a network of roads was initiated from the formation of Malaysia in 1963. The section that connects Sarawak, Sabah, and Brunei is the Lawas–Temburong (Brunei) stretch, was completed in 1997.

And by July 2005, Minister of Works, Samy Vellu, told the Dewan Negara that the Pan Borneo Highway was 95.2 per cent completed. In fact, of the total length of 1047.18km, a distance of 997.18km was completed in 2002; as reported by Samy Vellu in 2005.

How can Najib Razak ‘bring’ a project that was essentially already developed and in place since 2005?

It is clear, that the championing of Najib Razak as the one bringing development to Sarawak is an attempt to sugar-coat and build an image of a person that does not exist.

Sarawakians are rational people, and it is high time support is thrown behind people who are really sincere in what they are doing. And not just busy trying to build an image of what they are truly not. –

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