Sunday September 9, 2012
Sudden change in government will cause climate of uncertainty, says CM
By STEPHEN THEN and CINDY LAI
MIRI: A sudden change in government will result in political destabilisation and a climate of uncertainty that may jeopardise investments.
Speaking during Head of State Tun Abang Muhammad Salahuddin Abang Barieng’s 91st birthday celebration here, Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud said the ideal method of leadership change was through a gradual process that was orderly and quiet; not chaotic and drastic.
“Our historical development has shown that we do not change leaders all the time like what is happening in some countries. That is why we continue to have a good track record of investments coming in all the time.
“Everytime there is an election, the government of the day will introduce new policies and new manifestos to continue the progress that had been achieved by current government leaders,” he said at the Miri Stadium yesterday.
“We are progressing all the time, but in a structured and controlled manner. In every election, we convince the rakyat that we are serious in wanting to bring continued progress to the nation.
“There are steady and constant changes being achieved and the rakyat trust the government to lead them.
“Sarawak, by being in Malaysia, has undergone a lot of progress. The change of leadership is not sudden and drastic. The changes are controlled and gradual and structured.
“That is the best approach in leadership transformation to maintain stability in the political arena and continued confidence in the economy.
“We in Sarawak have been under five TYTs who have provided crucial leadership that has enabled us to live in peace and unity and enjoy progress. These are our strengths,” he said.
Touching on current political developments, Taib said that during every election, there would be efforts by some people to create division and problems.
Nonetheless, he was confident that the majority of the rakyat would not be lured by these radical politics.
“During the state election last year, Sarawak Barisan Nasional still got more than two-third majority votes. The people in Sarawak were not swayed by cheating politics,” he said.
Taib said PBB was bringing in new young leaders who were highly qualified and who could lead in the near future.