Malaysia

Sabah remains BN vote bank, says Najib

April 24, 2013

TENOM, April 24 — Caretaker prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, continuing his whirlwind tour of Sabah districts on the second day today, said Sabah was still the Barisan Nasional’s (BN) “fixed deposit”.

Najib, who is also BN chairman, visited Kuala Penyu, Beaufort, Kimanis and Bongawan yesterday.

Bad weather prevented him from flying to Kota Belud but technology saved the day.

He spoke on his telephone to Kota Belud BN candidate Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan and his message was amplified for the benefit of the 10,000 people present there.

“Sabah is still the BN’s fixed deposit. The 13-member coalition receives overwhelming support, including from people in interior areas,” he said.

Najib (picture) said the BN government was strong and has the capacity to propel Sabah to greater heights and to balance the development between the state and Peninsular Malaysia.

“Sabah still remains as the BN’s fixed deposit. However, if we have a fixed deposit in a bank, once in a while we have to check.

“Yesterday, I went to many places, to Kuala Penyu, Beaufort, Kimanis and Bongawan, but I could not make it to Kota Belud, but I was told 10,000 people were waiting for me there.

“Today I’m in Tenom. I was told our fixed deposit is still strong,” he told a “leader-with-the-people” gathering at the Tenom public field.

Also present were caretaker chief minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman and BN parliamentary candidate for Tenom Datuk Raimee Unggi, state seat contender Datuk Radin Malleh (Melalap) and Senator Dr Lucas Umbul.

Refuting claims that the Sabah fixed deposit was weakening, Najib said the opposition would not be able to capture Sabah.

Addressing about 8,000 people at the gathering, the prime minister said the BN had unveiled its manifesto themed “Promises Fulfilled Giving Hope” for the next five years.

He said the opposition pact had spoilt the true meaning of manifesto to merely a blank piece of paper.

“In four years, the people can see and feel everything around them, the BN has brought changes in the economic management even by going against the norm.

“When the International Monetary Fund chief executive Christine Lagarde met me last year, she said Malaysia is the only country in the world that the IMF has to revise upwards its growth rate from the initially expected rate,” he said.

Najib, who is also caretaker finance minister, said the healthy developments in Malaysia’s economic landscape were among the government’s testimony in managing and expanding the economic pie and returning the “spinoffs” to the people.

The opposition’s economic projections would render Malaysia bankrupt, he said.

Najib also promised to bring more prosperity to Sabah and expressed support to the communal grant concept, an initiative by the BN state government, which guarantees a bright future fot the rural folk in the state. — Bernama