KOTA KINABALU: Prime Minister Najib Razak today vowed to visit rural Kiulu again and try his hand at white-water rafting, Kiulu’s main tourism product, if Barisan Nasional (BN) triumphs in the 14th general election (GE14).
However, he said voters in the Tuaran parliamentary constituency must ensure that BN wins not only the parliamentary seat but also all three state seats under it, namely Kiulu, Sulaman and Tamparuli.
Tamparuli is currently held by the opposition.
Najib, who made the promise before a 5,000-strong crowd after visiting the rural road project connecting Kiulu to Randagong in Ranau about 70km from here, also promised to grant Tuaran MP Wilfred Madius Tangau’s request to upgrade the 22km road connecting Tamparuli and Kiulu.
“I see the area has big potential and I think what the state government has done here, paying much attention to rural tourism, is the right move.
“Currently, 53,000 tourists come to Kiulu every year and I hope that number will reach 100,000 because the government will continue to invest in its development.”
Najib said the completion of the Kiulu-Randagong project next year would make transportation a breeze as the people would be able to travel with more ease and comfort.
It would also spur the local economy and increase the value of properties, he added.
He said the RM288 million project disproved the opposition’s claim that Malaysia was going bankrupt, as a bankrupt country would not be able to carry out big infrastructure projects like the ongoing Pan-Borneo Highway.
He also told the people that the Barisan Nasional (BN) government had done a lot for Sabah, including placing seven Sabahans in the federal cabinet.
Najib said he had also been visiting Sabah more frequently than former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad had during his 22 years in office.
“Mahathir didn’t care about the people here. He never bothered to give the much-needed roads to the people.
“On the contrary, the current government does not just promise or talk with the aim of slandering others. We bring in development, not just for Sabah but for the whole of Malaysia.”
He added that there were many things which the opposition would never be able to give the people, such as the perimeter survey for native customary rights land.
“The opposition cannot give you your rights under the Malaysia Agreement 1963 but we are ready to return the rights which may have been accidentally taken away from the states.
“As such, the people should return the favour at the ballot box,” he said.
Meanwhile, earlier in his speech, Chief Minister Musa Aman said the road project is set to be the game changer for the sleepy sub-district as it would help boost its tourism and agriculture industries.
“The people want development and we are lucky to have a prime minister who has given us so much, spending almost RM300 million in Kiulu to fund this project.
“On top of that, he also gave millions of ringgit in funds for rural development, providing our people with electricity and roads, among others.
“We even received RM1 billion to repair dilapidated schools in the whole of Sabah.
“This is why we are thankful to have a prime minister who is concerned about Sabah,” he said.