Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Sarawak CM defends record against Chinese

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KUCHING: Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud disclosed today that he met Sarawak United People''s Party (SUPP) president George Chan on Thursday and had "an exchange of opinion" with him.

Taib said the meeting went well and that Chan had told him that SUPP would not leave the Barisan Nasional (BN).

"We had an exchange of opinion, details of which I wouldn''t want to reveal. I had given him my perspective of how the Chinese perceive problems and how we can bring them to work with other races," he told reporters here.

Taib said he had also urged Chan to find new ways to engage the Chinese community and to explain to them the government''s ideas and aspirations.

"If they don't understand these ideas, they cannot participate in the development and they will be left behind," he said.

Taib said he had striven to help the Chinese community in the state.

"I have helped the Chinese in general ways. Don't tell me that the Chinese have not benefited from our general prosperity," he said.

Meanwhile, Chan said Taib was supportive on many issues affecting the Chinese, including the need to assist Chinese schools and on the land premium rebate issue.

"With the strong support from the Chief Minister, and the Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak, we hope that the state election will be easier for SUPP," he said.

SUPP's position in the state BN became the subject of speculation after several grassroots members said that there would be no purpose for the party to remain in the Sarawak BN if issues facing the Chinese community remained unresolved.

- Bernama

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