Sunday, October 3, 2010

Retiring wish overruled by party

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KUCHING: “I wanted to retire but my party says ‘No’,” says Pehin Sri Haji Abdul Taib Mahmud regarding Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu’s (PBB) members’ request that he carries on as their leader.

In an address to attendees of an Aidilfitri gathering organised by the Ministry of Works at Four Points by Sheraton Kuching here yesterday, the Chief Minister stated, “I have no power to overrule my party unless I want to be called a traitor and as they have pledged me their support, I believe I will have a comfortable majority”.

When inquired by the media later on if he thought Barisan Nasional (BN) component Sarawak United People’s Party’s (SUPP) performance would diminish in the upcoming state election, Taib said, “I do not know; it would be up to the Chinese community to decide”.

Meanwhi le, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Pat inggi Tan Sri Dr George Chan Hong Nam revealed to the media at the same event that SUPP would be putting up a good fight in this election especially with its mixture of veteran and fresh (faces) representatives.

Conveying his confidence on support from the Chinese community in the state, Dr Chan, who is also SUPP president, said, “the most important thing we (SUPP) are focusing on is the ‘opportunities’ the Chinese want, which can be obtained through education and business”.

Dr Chan added that emphasis on education and business had been regularly addressed by the Chief Minister as well as Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Abdul Razak with not just the Chinese but all races in mind.

Prior to the Aidilfitri gathering at Four Points By Sheraton Kuching, Taib officiated at the opening of Kuching International Airport- Stutong link road at the Sg Gatal Bridge.

The RM61.5 million link road will allow the people from Stutong, Tabuan Jaya and Samajaya to access Jalan Lapangan Terbang without facing traffic congestion at Jalan Song and the BDC area.

Witnessing the opening of the link road were Dr Chan, Minister of Infrastructure Development and Communication Dato Sri Michael Manyin, Second Minister o f Pl anning and Re s our c e Management Datuk Amar Haji Awang Tengah Ali Hasan, as well as heads of state departments and community leaders.

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