SRI AMAN: Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi today suggests that the people of Sarawak supported those elected representatives who always go down to the ground to serve the people “regardless of the season”.
He said the people needed those elected representatives who could find out the requirements and look into the welfare of those in their constituencies without taking into account if it was a general election season or not.
He said, generally, opposition leaders behaved like “bats during the fruit season” as they go down to the ground only during the general elections and then disappeared.
“Such leaders only show their faces during the general election and leave the area when the general election is over without bringing any development,” he said at a meet-the-people session at Rumah Linchang, Entawa, near here, Saturday.
“They (opposition leaders) crow in the state assembly and Dewan Rakyat but bring no development, this is why we must support Barisan Nasional (BN) candidates who are proven to always go down to the ground, not only during the general elections,” he said.
Ahmad Zahid said the continuity of the federal and state government leaderships would spur continuous development in Sarawak.
“There must be water when we open the pipe. If only air comes out, it means service is not given. To provide service, the Sarawak state government, based in Kuching, will communicate with the federal government and allocation from the federal government can be channelled to the state government and then to the state assembly up to the longhouses. This is the continuation of leadership which we must have,” he said.
The Deputy Prime Minister then urged the people of Sarawak to give the mandate to Chief Minister, Tan Sri Adenan Satem and Sarawak BN to continue various state development projects.
“Chance should be given to Tok Nan (Adenan). Although, he has been Sarawak Chief Minister for less than two years, more than 50 projects, principles and plans have been implemented.”
In addition, Ahmad Zahid said Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak was also committed towards developing Sarawak by giving allocations for numerous development projects, including the construction of the RM16 billion Pan Borneo Highway.