Najib threatened Felda settlers, says PAS

(Free Malaysia Today) – PAS has lambasted Umno president Najib Tun Razak for threatening to hold back on development at the Felda settlements in Hulu Selangor, if settlers don’t vote for Barisan Nasional.

Central liaison chief Idris Ahmad said Najib had, when launching the Yayasan Kelana Ehsan in Felda Sungai Tenggi near here, reminded settlers that “BN would only extend its assistance and drive development if they delivered a big win for BN”.

“He is making empty promises. BN won big in all three state constituencies in the Hulu Selangor parliamentary constituency in the March 2008 general election, but did not deliver on their promises.

“Now they’ve come back to again pledge development but this time they are threatening to hold back if settlers don’t vote for them,” he said.

Felda settlements all over the country are considered Najib’s golden goose in terms of votes. Almost a million voters reside in the 270 settlements nationwide.

Idris said Najib’s veiled threats were the same as those used by Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin during his campaign here last week.

‘There are still several unresolved issues from earlier promises. We are still waiting for BN to explain why four teachers were forced to live in a small room under their classrooms when they were teaching in a school in Ulu Baram three years ago.

“BN won in Ulu Baram but the situation for the teachers has not changed.

“Promises of change and pledges of development in 2008 were merely election slogans. They are doing the same now. This is what’s going to happen in Hulu Selangor if BN returns,” he said.