Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Speak the truth, YAB Taib Mahmud challenges opposition

by Geryl Ogilvy Ruekeith reporters@theborneopost.com. Posted on February 5, 2013, Tuesday
KUCHING: Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud has challenged the opposition to come out and speak only the truth instead of resorting to making baseless allegations against the government, in the run up to the general election.
Taib, who is also state BN chairman, highlighted that Pakatan Rakyat (PR) had constantly tried to influence the people, especially the young voters, that development matters were outdated issues as opposed to the fight for human rights, freedom and a civil society as often highlighted by the opposition.
He reminded that the opposition seemed to forget that it was the BN government which had fought for civil society in the past 50 years, and had managed to turn the country with a poor population into a developed nation heading towards a high income society.
“The truth is the greatest strength in any propaganda. The opposition is only interested in picking fights, pointing fingers and finding faults. They would invent and create lies of the government’s shortcoming because they do not have anything to exploit and that the truth is in our favour.
“They create lies because they can’t fight us using the truth. They can fight us by inventing imaginary faults and shortcomings.
“The people must understand that we build this society into a more civilised society, not those from the other side (opposition). We are the builder of this nation, the builder of this state and the builder of a more prosperous society that we see today,” said Taib when officiating at the launch of the BN Women election machinery at the old State Legislative Assembly building here yesterday.
Also present were national BN Women chairperson Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil and PBB Deputy Women chief Datuk Fatimah Abdullah who is also Welfare, Women and Family Development Minister and other state and federal dignitaries.
He also challenged the opposition to stop poisoning the minds of the people with baseless propaganda and come out to face Barisan Nasional (BN) with the truth.
Talking about bringing change, Taib mentioned that it was the BN government who talked about change some 30 years ago before opposition de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim even dreamed of leading a new party.
“The opposition leader talks about change. Permatang Pauh (Penang) is more backward and undeveloped than Samarahan. This paints the true picture of Anwar’s intention to look after the country and people. The commitment is not there.
“Furthermore, DAP and PKR do not possess enough experience to govern a country. Do not trust the promises of the opposition with their continuous effort to blind the people,” he continued.
Taib also likened the BN government to that of a faithful husband who is very much committed to his wife and children, constantly thinking of how to provide for and take care of the family.
On the launch of the BN women election machinery, he highlighted that women had always played an important role in the state’s political struggle and development.
With the high commitment often demonstrated by women, Taib was confident that the election machinery would ensure a BN victory.
“The women community has very strong outreach, campaigning to every household to ensure that the people continue to understand BN propaganda. The women have demonstrated the effectiveness of BN election campaign with their non-stop door to door campaigning.
“They are also the symbol of unity and struggle of all BN component parties in the state,” he pointed out.

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