PKR no threat to Sarawak BN, says DPM

By Desmond Davidson, NST

SG ULU LUBAI (Limbang): Parti Keadilan Rakyat’s claim that the party can win 40 seats in the Sarawak polls is no threat to Barisan Nasional, said Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin yesterday.

He said the opposition would instead quarrel among themselves to wrest a seat in the elections.

“They will be fighting among themselves because none wants to back down. That is their problem, not ours,” he said after announcing SK Ulu Lubai as the first school in the interior to gain recognition as a high performance school.

Muhyiddin, who is BN deputy chairman, said the opposition did not have a clear path in their political struggle, or concern for the welfare of the people at heart.

He said BN was prepared to face the Sarawak elections, which is expected to be held before July, adding that Sarawak BN chairman Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud, who is Sarawak chief minister, had announced that he has got the inspiration for the polls date.

“The BN election machinery is ready. We have prepared ourselves. When it will be held it is up to the chief minister. Only he knows,” he said.

At a brief stop at Uma Belevuh, Tutoh Apoh, Muhyiddin told the Kayan folks not to be distracted by claims and accusations by the opposition in their election campaign.

He said the opposition would only distort facts and exploit half-truths.

Earlier in Miri, Muhyiddin announced a RM56.2 million allocation under the first rolling plan of the 10th Malaysia Plan for the Sibuti parliamentary constituency.

He also announced another RM2 million allocation for the implementation of small projects.

Meanwhile, Bernama reported that Muhyiddin had told reporters that the local Chinese community should always be part of the government as it adopted a pro-business attitude.

“We have come out with clear and firm policies to further enhance the country’s business growth.”

He called on the Chinese community to bring up their problems to the state and federal government to help iron them out.