(The Star) - KENINGAU: The Government will take stern action against any group bent on creating chaos in the country to gain power, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said.
The deputy prime minister said the Government would not be cowed by the opposition tactic of creating chaos to run down the country.
Najib said the Barisan Nasional government was not frightened and would not hesitate to use the laws to check those causing trouble.
“The talk is that they (opposition) say we want to impose emergency rule.
“We do not want to do that,” he said adding that Barisan was always committed to the democratic process but will not be undermined by elements trying to bring about chaos.
“We are not frightened by them, we are not apologetic as they have many skeletons,” he said when opening the 12th Congress of Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah headed by Tan Sri Joseph Kurup.
“We are not denying the democratic right of anyone or their human rights but who will ensure their future if conflicts arise when someone is sacrificed or properties damaged? Who will be responsible for all these chaos?
“Are those who demonstrate on the streets going to be responsible? These people only want to fulfil their political agenda,” he said.
Najib said opposition leaders were blaming the Election Commission for their losses but reminded them that Barisan, too, had lost in elections.
“If the Election Commission was on our side, we would not have lost in Sabah. But when the people of Sabah realised Barisan could defend their rights, they gave us their full support as seen in 2004,” he added.
Najib said Barisan would ensure a good future for the Kadazandusun and Murut communities and the soon-to-be-launched Sabah development corridor would provide more opportunities for all.
In his speech, Kurup said there should be more job opportunities for locals who were being sidelined by the large number of illegal immigrants taking up lower-paying jobs.
He hoped that the government would help the rural youths with vocational training opportunities to enable them to enter the skilled job market.