Published on: Sunday, October 14, 2012
Lahad Datu: Pakatan Rakyat (PR) will reduce fuel prices if it forms the Federal Government in the 13th general election.
Speaking to a large crowd at King Palace Hotel's yard on Saturday, opposition leader, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said they can reduce the fuel price and give free education without bankrupting the country as long as they have good governance.
Sabah Reform Alliance leader, Datuk Lajim Ukin, Tawau MP Datuk Chua Soon Bui, Chairman of Silam DAP, Tajuldin A.R, SAPP Chairman of Silam Zone, Shuaib Mutalib, and several other opposition leaders also attended.
Anwar also stressed that PR government will provide all assistance equally to everyone regardless of race if PR win the election.
"If I become Prime Minister, I will ensure that the government I lead will not be practising dirty politics and terrorising people," he said.
In his speech to the PR supporters, Anwar also said that the BN move in providing assistance such as BR1M is not healthy because if BN wins the next general election, they will increase taxes and goods prices to get back the money that has been used.
Anwar added that PR will collaborate with Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) and the collaboration will provide opportunities for each other to compete in any parliamentary or assembly seat.
If SAPP competes in the area, PR will give opportunity to them and will not compete in the area, and likewise the SAPP.
In NABAWAN/PENSIANGAN, Anwar said Barisan Nasional has been unable to eliminate poverty among the people for the past 55 years in Peninsular Malaysia and 49 in Sabah/Sarawak. He also said the Budget 2013 would cause the Government to face bankruptcy because the amount of foreign debts had reached 53 per cent compared to only 46 per cent in 2010.
Anwar said, if people lived well, comfortably and healthy the country's finance will also be enhanced and that "people should also be aware that now corruption among the government has increased."
He said this in an event organised by the Sabah Reform Movement and Pakatan Rakyat Pensiangan on Saturday. About 50 motorcycles and 20 cars escorted Anwar from Nabawan to Kg Keritan Sea, approximately 3km from Nabawan.
Sabah Reform Movement President and Tuaran MP, Datuk Seri Wilfred Bumburing together with Anwar, came to Nabawan to listen to the problems of the people in the Pensiangan area particularly in Nabawan district.
He thanked the people for coming "despite all kinds of methods used to prevent people from attending the event."
He said this included cutting off electricity but the organisers had prepared generators. Anwar also thanked the Pensiangan Sabah Reform Movement Chairman, Datuk Dr Richard Gunting with PKR and Pakatan members that organised the event.
Richard said he has long been in the BN government and knew what the problems of Sabahans especially in the interior of Pensiangan and Nabawan were.
He said it was increasingly difficult for the people in Pensiangan to search for food. "At first, residents lived well in Pensiangan because it was never short of food but now in the forest hunting is no longer allowed.
"Residents want to catch fish but the river water has been contaminated and can affect the health of the population.
"Lands have also been taken over by big companie.
Although villagers have applied for them over the last 10 years they have not even received a piece of land. Residents were only given communal land titles supposedly because they do not want the people to sell their land.
According to Richard if Pakatan Rakyat were to rule, within three months they will produce 350,000 acres including land grants to people in Sabah, particularly in Pensiangan to strive to improve their economies, such as planting rubber, oil palm, coffee and others.
Similarly Pakatan will improve roads in all villages so that agricultural products can to be taken out to Nabawan or Keningau town.