Tuesday, September 21, 2010

CM says he will not set up personal blog

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KUCHING: Chief Minister Pehin Sri Haji Abdul Taib Mahmud disclosed that he would not set up a personal blog, but would probably post one to allow Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) to reach out to the people in the near future.

He was speaking to the press at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) last Saturday during the second day of the Chief Minister and State Cabinet’s Hari Raya Aidilfitri Open House.

Taib however added that much consideration has to be made before initiating the blog, as he does not want unscrupulous people to misuse it for their personal or negative and non-constructive agendas.

When asked about the various allegations published on the internet with regards to the state government, the Chief Minister responded that he does not need to be pulled into the game of responding to untrue statements by utilising a blog.

Meanwhile, Taib said that the date for the next state election has yet to be decided.

He explained that the government has got to analyse the situation before deciding on the date because holding a general election is not a simple matter.

‘The political situation in Sarawak has always been very smooth because the state has managed to avoid using money politics (to win the people’s hearts)’ added Taib.

On another matter pertaining to the Prime Minister Datuk Sri Najib Tun Razak’s recent offer of playing match maker for him, Taib smiled and responded that Najib was just saying that in a lighthearted manner.

Taib then added that he is very contented with his spouse the late Puan Sri Laila Taib and would not ponder on remarrying soon.

The Chief Minister and his family held an open house for the public and state officials at the BCCK during the first and second day of Hari Raya Aidilfitri to cater for more well wishers this year owing to the ample space of the convention centre’s hall.

Endless streams of people poured into the BCCK’s hall from morning till the late afternoon to enjoy the wide varieties of food offered, apart from the entertainment provided by the live band.

The open house gave Sarawakians the golden opportunity to celebrate the Hari Raya with the Chief Minister as well as the chance to meet Taib in person, who was seen cheerfully standing at the hall’s front entrance shaking hands with everyone from commoners to dignitaries.

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