Posted on September 19, 2011, Monday
MIRI: The people have been advised not to be easily influenced by the opposition’s ‘cheap gesture’ of donating a packet of rice and a bottle of cooking oil to villagers in their hour of need.
Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water Datuk Seri Peter Chin said what the opposition was trying to achieve was merely to win support.
He said the people should look at the big roles the government was playing and not be swayed by the small donations contributed by the opposition.
“The opposition just wants to fish for votes whereas the government genuinely wants to help the people. This can be seen from government projects that help improve the people’s livelihood. The government carries out these development projects from time to time and not only during election time,” he said.
Chin said this during the launching of Kampung Muhibbah Kuala Baram and Kampung Pulau Melayu as ‘Wireless Villages’ and the presentation of 1Malaysia laptops at Kampung Muhibbah Kuala Baram yesterday.
Also present were Kampung Muhibbah village chief Nordin Yussof, Multimedia Communications Commission (SMCC) Sarawak director Ahmad Nor Hisham Mohd Yusop and Assistant Minister of Communications Datuk Lee Kim Shin.
Chin said the government has been working hard all these years to bring development for the benefit of the people, although not all these developments could be implemented at once and had to be carried out in stages.
“We do not see the opposition doing the same (like the government). They are only trying to reel in support using cheap gesture, and the people should be wise enough not to be easily hoodwinked,” he said.
On the ‘Wireless Village’ project, Chin advised the people not to abuse the Internet and wireless technology by condemning others or spread false information.
“We should not believe everything we read online as some are not true and were posted by irresponsible people who are out to stir racial hatred among peace-loving Sarawakians,” he cautioned.
He said if the people did not make use of online technologies wisely, they would be the ultimate losers.
“Technology such as the Internet, if used wisely, can help us develop further,” he said.
Seventy six laptops were distributed yesterday to community leaders, members of Neighbourhood Watch Committee (RT) and Village Safety and Development Committee (JKKK).
A total of 60,000 laptops have been set aside for distribution in Sarawak in this national
The ‘Wireless Village’ project comes under the National Broadband Initiative, whose aim is to widen the usage of wireless broadband in villages.