Published on: Sunday, February 24, 2013
NABAWAN: Sabah is developing rapidly under the Barisan Nasional (BN) government and leadership of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak at the Federal level and Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman in the State level, said Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
"I can see for myself Sabah has undergone so many changes, its landscape has been transformed," he said, adding that he comes to Sabah so much so that he considered it as his second home.
"I have many leaders and friends here in Sabah ... I feel comfortable," he said at the meet-the-people session at Nabawan in Pensiangan, Saturday.
Muhyiddin said that during his many visits to Sabah, Musa had drawn up programmes that enabled him to go to so many places in the State, including the rural areas.
"There is no issue among the Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties, the State is peaceful so Sabah has become one of the rapidly growing states in the country," he said.
Towards this end, Muhyiddin who is also Education Minister called on the people here to reject any attempt by the opposition for them to change the government in the coming General Election.
He said the country was not embroiled in a conflict, becoming bankrupt and its people oppressed.
"If the country is not experiencing all this then why should we change?" he asked.
He reiterated his statement that the people must not be hoodwinked by the opposition, particularly its leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim who he described as "the biggest liar" in the country.
"(He is) a person who has eyes and ears but refuses to see and listen.
Don't follow this kind of people as they are the biggest liars."
He said the opposition was so obsessed in their goal to conquer Putrajaya and in the hope to get support from the people of Sabah, Anwar readily accepted the title of Huguan Siou.
"I just don't know how he could take the title away from my friend here Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan."
Muhyiddin said he had listened to the request and pleas from Pensiangan MP Tan Sri Joseph Kurup as well as leaders in the constituency for him to help them in a big way.
Smiles were on face of the leaders and more than 10,000 people at the programme when he announced a RM10 million allocation for school repairs in the Pensiangan parliamentary constituency.
"The Barisan Nasional (BN) government is always concerned about the welfare of rural students. We'll make efforts to improve any weaknesses.
"I understand there are many schools in this district, some in good condition and some in need of repairs.
"We will not neglect such schools," he said. He also announced a RM5 million allocation for the construction of a sports and recreation centre in the district.
Muhyiddin hoped for continuous support for the BN government from the people so that more development programmes could be given in order to develop the country.
He said the Bantuan Rakyat 1 Malaysia (BR1M) were among programmes that would be continued if the BN received the mandate from the people.
"Without the BN government, there would be no BR1M. It would be like rejecting a windfall and I don't know what to say to those who reject windfalls," he said.
He advised the people to support BN regardless of who is the candidate in the upcoming General Election because all of them were winnable candidates capable of serving the community.
Earlier, shortly upon arrival here, Muhyiddin spoke over a cup of coffee with the local community leaders.