Tuesday, February 24, 2009

PR makes Bintulu important election fortress

MIRING CEREMONY: (From left) Adit, Anwar, Munan, Ng participating in the cultural Iban ceremony of seeking good health and fortune.

BINTULU: Pakatan Rakyat (PR) has declared that Bintulu will be its important fortress in the opposition’s bid to bring changes in the state.

PR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, who went on to appoint the audience ‘special officers for the coming election’, conceded the heavy task of unseating the current state government.

“When people ask me if there is any hope for PR in Sarawak, I said I don’t know about the hope but what I know is I will work, and leave the rest to God,” he said to more than 2,000 supporters coming out to meet him at a chalet by the Bintulu-Tatau road near here Saturday.

Earlier, Anwar arrived at Bintulu Airport in drizzling rainm which did not stop his supporters from queuing up to shake his hands.

“And what I know is that if Sarawakians do not want to change, their lands, their future and their children’s future will be at stake,” he said to cheers of ‘Time for change, change for the better’-slogan of the gathering which was organised by ‘Dayaks of Central Region and PKR’.

According to Anwar, his visit to Bintulu was not to condemn anyone but to point out the plight of the people and to safeguard their rights over what are rightly theirs.

Anwar said the country was actually owned by the people, rightly, therefore, the rakyat’s consent must be obtained before policies were adopted.

He also said that PR supporters must be confident of achieving what the opposition coalition had set out to do-take over the mantle of the government.

He said if a big party like Umno could be defeated in Kuala Terengganu, there was no reason not to believe that any smaller party could be likewise defeated in elections.

Also present at the gathering cum dinner were Ngemah assemblyman Gabriel Adit Demong, Padungan assemblyman Dominique Ng, PKR state advisor Datuk Hafsah Harun, Kidurong assemblyman Chiew Chiu Sing and organising chairman Munan Laja.

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