Monday, April 8, 2013

‘BN manifesto a promising prosperity pledge’

Posted by Smookiekins On 4/08/2013 09:18:00 AM
TAWAU: Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman has described the Barisan Nasional’s ‘Akujanji’ (‘I promise’) manifesto launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on Saturday as a promising prosperity pledge for the Malaysian people.

“It is comprehensive and will benefit every strata of the Malaysian society, whether urban or rural, the elderly, the young, or women. No one is left out.

“I believe this is what the people want. God-willing, it will further motivate those who support the BN. They know that the BN led by Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak would keep its promise,” he said.

On the construction of the 2,300-kilometre Semantan Sarawak-Serudong Tawau highway as proposed in the BN manifesto, he said it would create a major impact on the people particularly farmers along the route.

In Kuching, Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) president Tan Sri William Mawan said the manifesto was realistic as it was within the BN coalition’s ability to deliver its promises.

Mawan, who is also state Social Development Minister, said he never doubted the BN’s commitment to continue narrowing the regional disparity between Sarawak and Sabah with states in the peninsula in the next five years.

Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) deputy information chief Datuk Peter Minos said BN was on the right footing by dedicating itself to really going out to improve all aspects of life among the rural people, not just because they were generally pro BN but because it was good to see both urban and rural populace moving up in tandem together.
“Given the political will and given a caring and concerned prime minister, I am confident that BN will think and do more for the struggling rural people in the years to come,” said Minos, who is also former Dayak Bidayuh National Association president.

Meanwhile, Sarawak Kayan Association (SKA) deputy president, Dennis Ngau, today said the manifesto covered the crucial needs of everyone, regardless of their racial backgrounds or localities.

“No reason why we cannot rejoice from this manifesto. We are from a small ethnic group but we are also included. This manifesto pledged the continuation and improvement to the existing touch points projects that should be supported by all,” he said.

Sarawak Bisaya Association (SBA) president, Antonio Kahti Galis, described the manifesto as being well-thought and placing great emphasis on education excellence.

“The pledge to improve the standard of the Pan-Borneo road that linked Sabah and Sarawak would also help to connect people who stayed in smaller settlements along the way,” he said.

Persatuan Anaq Vaie, an association representing the ethnic Melanau in Bintulu, welcomed the BN pledge to prioritise the development of better roads in Sarawak.

“In every election, the Pan-Borneo road (upgrading) had always been the issue and for the first time BN put it clearly that it will be what they will pursue once they get the mandate from the government,” its adviser, Pandi Suhaili said.

In George Town, Penang, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) associate prof Dr Sivamurugan Pandian viewed the BN manifesto as not a rhetoric pledge but a well laid out and comprehensive plan for the future.

Penang Malay Association president Datuk Seri Mohd Yussof Latiff said the BN manifesto did not only reflect its leaders’ concern for the people but also its earnestness to maintain the country’s accomplishments.

In Terengganu, Engku Nurul Aima Tengku Amri, 26, who is doing her practical training after following a course for unemployed graduates last year, expressed cheer upon hearing that the 1Malaysia People’s Aid (BR1M) had been increased from RM500 to RM1,200 for the next five years.

“I am glad that the prime minister has also announced that 3.3 million jobs will be offered including two million in the high income sector in the next five years,” she said.

Trader Wan Mohamad Hazman Wan Ramli, 42, said the BN’s assurance to review the National Automotive Policy and reduce vehicle prices by 20 to 30 percent was good news for the people as such transportation had become a family necessity.

“Similarly, the 500,000 proposed affordable homes would be a ray of sunshine for the lower and middle income group,” he said.

Refreshment hawker Faramasliani Mohd Yassin, 31, noted the BN government’s sincerity in wanting to improve the wellbeing of the people, “compared to the opposition’s manifesto which held doubtful promises”.

Another hawker Nordin Mohamad, 52, said the people were fortunate that the BN government had provided various facilites for their need.

“I am certainly satisfied with the BN manifesto,” said Nordin who with his wife Cik Wook Abdullah, 52, and family live in a house provided under the hardcore poor housing programme in Kampung Bukit Tok Ris, Bukit Tunggal here.

Source : Borneo Post


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