Sarawak's allocations for developement under its 2012 budget is several times bigger that Pakatan Rakyat-run regimes in Penang, Selangor, Kedah and Kelantan.
KUCHING: Sarawakās Deputy Chief Minister Alfred Jabu Anak Numpang today revisited an incident in 1996 to prove that opposition DAP was against assisting native landowners participating in land development programmes aimed at eradicating poverty in rural areas.
āLet it be repeatedly said and recorded here in this Dewan that DAPĀ has suppressed and has oppressed the opportunity of NCR landowners in participating in state Barisan Nasional government poverty eradication programmes,ā he said during the winding-up speech in the Sarawal Legislative Assembly today.
Jabu went on to add that DAP was never serious in wanting to help the rural poor.
“DAP is never serious (and wanting) to understand, let alone wanting to help or sympathise with the rural population.
“The state BN government is fully committed to a very appropriate development transformation agenda to eradicate poverty amongst this predominantly bumiputera communities in the rural areas of Sarawak.
āWith living witnesses in the persons of Machan assemblyman Gramong Juna, Land Development Minister James Masing, and the former Kemena assemblyman Celestine Ujang, we have witnessed with great sadness one day in 1996 at the Dewan Suarah Kanowit at the launching of NCR JV concept attended by some 1,500 NCR landowners, some 20 to 30 DAP members climbed on stage saying that they from DAP object to NCR joint ventures poverty eradication programmes by the BN.
āThe NCR landowners and the people of Sarawak can never and will never forgive DAP of their selfish attitude,ā Jabu said accusing DAP of being a stumbling block to the government’s poverty eradication programmes.
He poured scorn on Sarawak DAP’s constant reference to Pakatan Rakyat-run governments in Penang, Selangor, Kedah and Kelantan.
Drawing attention to the respective state 2012 budgets, he said he had convincing figures to show that these states spent lesser money on development than Sarawak.
‘We’re spending more’
Jabu said Penang would spend only 34.9% of its total RM920.53 million budget on development while Selangor had set aside 40% or RM600 million.
He said Kedah would spend RM438 million which was 43% of its state budget and Kelantan 36% of its allocations.
Comparing these budgets, Jabu said Selangor’s budget was four times smaller than Sarawak whilst Kedah and Kelantan was six and 10 times lesser respectively.
āThe total cumulative budgets for development for the four states are RM1,613.86 million. This is very much smaller than the development allocation of RM2,550 million provided by Sarawak Barisan Nasional budget for 2012,ā Jabu said.
Jabu claimed ‘peace-loving’ Sarawakians were ‘fed-up’ wth the antics of the oposition Pakatan Rakyat partners.
āOur peace loving people in Sarawak, especially those in the rural areas, the majority of them are bumiputera,Ā are getting fed up with DAP, PKR and PAS because of the opposition only talk big, and because the opposition leaders when they come to Sarawak they bring very strange political cultures ā rough and chauvinistic provoking tactics which are very unhealthy.
āThe rough and dirty political tactics by the opposition is very dangerous because it can incite racial feelings.
āIt can destabilise the racial harmony, peace, unity and stability and worst still can adversely oppress and suppress the opportunity of the rural people to benefit from all the noble programmes of Barisan Nasional to eradicate poverty and bringing prosperity to the rakyat,ā he said.
Jabu, who is the Rural Development Minister and Minister of Modernisation of Agriculture, said that the opposition had little respect for the 77.5% majority mandate given by the peace-loving Sarawakians to BN.
āEven (with) at meagre 22.5% representation (in the state assembly) the opposition is hungry and unrealistically egoistic for power,ā said Jabu.
He accused the opposition of hatching a budget promising the rakyat sky, moon and the stars because the rakyat had rejected them.