Tuesday, June 28, 2011

No back-stabbing by PBB : Pehin Sri

BAU: Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) does not practise politics of back-stabbing in its agenda but struggles to bring development to the people, said Chief Minister Pehin Sri Haji Abdul Taib Mahmud.
Taib said that in the Barisan Nasional (BN), whether the candidates were from PBB, Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party ( S PDP ) , S a r awa k Un i t e d People's Party (SUPP) or Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS), "it is all the same because we work together for the same objective and struggle".
"PBB has never stabbed anybody in the back.We will not do that as long as I am the leader.
After me, I think it is still going to be that way," he said.
According to the Chief Minister, even if there is an attempt in PBB, he will not allow it.
"I tell you, I had to disagree with some of my own leaders earlier on in the 70's because I wanted to preserve the unity of the people and that pays off and everybody now gets something out of this unity.
"We can learn how to work together and that is much more impor tant.I want you al l t o realise that there is nothing more valuable than what we have achieved today - unity and development," said Taib when speaking at a "Ngorung Kasah /Pi-ri-yen Gawai 2011" (Gawai closing) at Bung Konis, Kampung Tanjung Bowang in Singai near here yesterday.
The occasion, to mark the 91st birthday of John Jinep, the patriarch of the Jinep household, was attended by about 1,000 people, including ministers, government dignitaries, community leaders and the residents from the nearby villages.
John Jinep is PBB veteran and founding member of the Pesaka wing among the Bidayuh during the early days of the formation of Malaysia.
Taib said the life of John Jinep was a story of the struggle of a Bidayuh leader who succeeded in achieving unity among the Bidayuh through BN concept and the Bidayuh Forum concept.
"This success has a very big meaning because what John Jinep had witnessed is the result of our success in uniting the Bidayuh community.
"I am very proud that Bidayuh leaders have learned how to look after themselves and that is the most important thing in any community - to look after our own community through our effort to preserve the unity, stability and cooperation among the leaders all the way down at the various levels of leadership until we can touch the small man who begins his politics, his economic struggle to make life better for himself.That is the way we should judge ourselves," stressed the Chief Minister.
He said he was very impressed with John Jinep because his life had shown how a son of Kampung Tanjung could struggle to transform the fate of his own people, and through the cooperation with other Bidayuh leaders, he had witnessed how his village, which was once isolated, poor and lacking in many things, could change to what it is today.
Taib said the Bidayuh community was well united and this could be seen from the votes in the last state election where all the seats in the Bidayuh majority constituencies were won by the BN.
Later, when asked by the media, Taib said that he would be elaborating more on the Bumiputera Unit Trust Fund in his windingup speech on the final day of State Legislative Assembly sitting on Wednesday.

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