SIMUNJAN: Deputy Prime Minister Zahid Hamidi has reminded the people not to be easily influenced by the defamation hurled by the opposition parties and their candidates in the coming election.
He said opposition party candidates were only good at twisting facts to poison the people’s minds to hate the government.
He said opposition party candidates were like creatures and pests that came to ruin the healthy, growing plants.
In this regard, Zahid advised voters not to believe the opposition and independent candidates who would only come once in five years compared with Barisan Nasional (BN) elected representatives who were always by the people’s side.
“The opposition party candidates come only to ruin the people,” he said at a “Leader’s Gathering With The People Programme” in Simunjan town here today.
He also reminded the voters that the future of the nation and the people was in the hands of the BN government which had clearly succeeded in administering the country and safeguarded the welfare and well-being of the people.
“We have successfully implemented 99.4% of BN’s promises in the GE13 manifesto. This is an excellent achievement,” he said.
He also slammed the attitude of opposition elected representatives who, according to him, were nomads as they frequently shifted from place to place during every election after destroying the area they represented.
He said the BN government did not have to wait for requests for projects from opposition representatives because the government had its own mechanism to obtain information on the people’s needs, including through government departments and agencies as well as from community leaders.
Zahid added that the BN government, under the leadership of Prime Minister Najib Razak and himself, was very concerned about the needs of Sarawak and its people.
“We will ensure that no place in Sabah and Sarawak is left behind in terms of infrastructure and other basic amenities such as electricity and water,” he added.
He said the motto “balanced development’’ in Sabah and Sarawak would be implemented by ensuring that all places in Sabah and Sarawak were connected by roads.
In his speech, Zahid also announced that Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nancy Shukri would be given the trust to contest again to defend the Batang Sadong seat.
He was confident that Nancy would be able to increase her majority in the polls this time, adding that the Batang Sadong parliamentary constituency had the right to receive more development allocations when BN succeeded in retaining the seat.
On the issue of rising prices purportedly caused by GST, the deputy prime minister explained that the increase was not due to GST but due to increased production and transportation costs.
In addition, he said the proceeds from the GST collection were returned to the people through the BR1M grant to the people.
He also fended off allegations that BR1M was “dedak” (euphemism for bribes), but explained that it was a form of government assistance to ease the burden of the people.