Friday, November 6, 2009

‘New Reality’ idea of development no daydream, says Taib

BINTULU: The ‘new reality’ concept introduced a decade ago in the state is not a daydream.

It is a concept of planning which has enabled the state to achieve the progress it now enjoys, Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud said in Bintulu.

He said when he introduced the concept, he had seen the potential for Sarawak to be progressive so long as the political power was utilised to unite the people and focus on development.

Addressing a gathering in connection with the 88th birthday of the Yang di-Pertua Negeri Tun Datuk Patinggi Abang Muhammad Salahuddin, Taib said he had succeeded in pooling responsible political leaders who were prepared to serve the state and the people.

He said the Barisan Nasional (BN) government and its leaders who practiced and emphasised pragmatic development policies had contributed tremendously towards the progress of the state and the people.

However, he said of late several opposition political leaders had attempted to confuse the people and accused the state leadership practising capitalism and ignoring the people.

The chief minister said these leaders subscribed to narrow politics incapable of bringing progress to the people.

He said the opposition, unlike the BN government, only caused ‘trouble’, adding if they were sincere in helping the people, they should serve as good role models.

Asking the people not to be influenced by the opposition propaganda, the chief minister said the opposition was only ‘hungry’ for power.

Taib, who is the state BN chairman, said Sarawakians should prevent the opposition from gaining power in the state as it had been proven that they could not govern well and bring progress and development.

“The people’s awareness of true development must be built on a better understanding of the 1Malaysia concept which is to bring progress and development to all Malaysians,” he said.

The chief minister again reminded the people of the state to safeguard peace and harmonies, adding these qualities were equally important for their advancement and success.

He also paid tribute to His Excellency for his guidance and contributions for the betterment of the state and the people.

The wife of the Head of State Toh Puan Datuk Patinggi Norkiah, deputy chief ministers Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr George Chan and Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu and other state cabinet ministers and their wives were also present.

More than 5,000 people gathered at the civic centre field to watch the birthday celebrations, which included a parade of 88 contingents.

There was also a flypast by three aircraft of the Gul Golden International Flying Academy, an international flying school based here, as well as cultural performances by several community associations here.

The celebrations started Friday with a football tournament at the Bintulu Stadium and prayers at the Assyakirin Mosque.

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