Monday September 17, 2012
Barisan will continue to do more for the country, says Najib
By ANDY CHUA and PHILIP HII
SIBU: Barisan Nasional is all for change, but the coalition government wants such change to be organised and systematic, said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
He said Barisan only wanted changes that would bring “real change and progress to the people and it is happening now”.
The Prime Minister said Barisan has not only brought vast changes to the country, but it would continue to do more because “what it promises, it will deliver”.
Criticising the Opposition for making promises and not fulfilling them, he said Pakatan Rakyat's sole agenda was just to get votes.
“They promise the moon and the sun. And if that is not enough, the entire universe, just for the sole agenda of getting votes.
“Who is able to build this country? Only Barisan can,” he said at the ground-breaking ceremony of the proposed University College of Technology Sarawak (UCTS) here yesterday.
Najib said Barisan would continue to do more for the future of the country, including Sarawak, as it had a long-term development plan.
On the university project, he said it was being implemented not because of the parliamentary elections which were just around the corner.
“We have never rejected any request from Sarawak for education development. When I was the education minister, I approved the request to build Curtin University and Swinburne University. Now my successor, Datuk Seri Khaled Nordin, the Higher Education Minister, has also approved this university,” he said.
He said the Government would continue to invest heavily in education as there was a need to prepare the youths for their future and to fill up jobs which did not even exist yet.
At another function, Najib said the Federal Government has always been mindful and accommodative of Sarawak's needs and aspirations.
“There is no need for certain groups of people to make an issue of Sarawak's autonomy or the agreement on its independence through Malaysia 49 years ago,” he said at a Ramah Tamah Aidilfitri gathering at the compound of Masjid An-Nur.
Najib said Sarawak had undergone tremendous progress since gaining its independence through Malaysia.
He pointed out that the wealth and prosperity of the country must be shared by all and that it was for this reason that the Federal Government was always giving special attention to Sarawak and Sabah. Najib cited Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) as the best product of the good federal-state partnership.