We must aim to do more for the peo­ple, says Zahid

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DEPUTY Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi has called on Barisan Na­sional lead­ers to stay united and work as a team to en­sure the coalition re­mains vic­to­ri­ous in the 14th Gen­eral Elec­tion (GE14).

Zahid said Umno and BN lead­ers must re­frain from hold­ing grudges against each other and work to­wards serv­ing for the bet­ter­ment of the rakyat. This is to en­sure the party and coalition re­main the peo­ple’s choice.

“We in Umno must have strong en­durance and pa­tience when be­ing crit­i­cised. There is no other party that can fight for the peo­ple other than Umno and BN.

“We have a good track record, so we must aim to do more for the peo­ple,” he said at the Pemimpin Ber­sama Rakyat pro­gramme here yes­ter­day.

Present were Chief Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Musa Aman, Beau­fort mem­ber of par­lia­ment Datuk Az­izah Mohd Dun, Beau­fort Umno di­vi­sion chief Datuk Is­nin Alias­nih and Kuala Penyu as­sem­bly­man Limus Jury.

With co­op­er­a­tion among coalition lead­ers, Zahid ex­pressed con­fi­dence that BN would wrest the Klias state seat from state op­po­si­tion leader Datuk Seri La­jim Ukin in GE14.

“I am con­fi­dent with the peo­ple’s sup­port , BN will re­tain the Kuala Penyu state and Beau­fort par­lia­men­tary seats.

“There­fore, it is im­por­tant for the lead­ers to work to­gether to en­sure BN re­mains strong in these three ar­eas. We must not hold grudges. We are elected by the peo­ple and they want to see unity among party lead­ers.”

Zahid then told Is­nin and Az­izah to shake hands as a sign of close co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the duo, which re­ceived cheers.

“Datuk Is­nin ac­knowl­edges Datuk Az­izah as Beau­fort MP and Az­izah ac­knowl­edges Is­nin as the Beau­fort Umno chief. There is no use in fight­ing,” Zahid said.

He also urged the lead­ers and peo­ple to set aside their dif­fer­ences and sup­port who­ever was ap­pointed as BN can­di­dates in GE14.

Zahid ad­vised the peo­ple not to be in­flu­enced by prom­ises made by the op­po­si­tion, es­pe­cially those who have left Umno.

“There were those who left be­cause they felt dis­ap­pointed when a de­ci­sion was made against them. They have no en­durance and pa­tience.

“We know our ‘friends’ have come down to Beau­fort.

“Let them come and bernos­tal­gia ...the sky will al­ways re­main blue when the clouds have passed,” he said.

At the event, Zahid ap­proved a RM3.6 mil­lion al­lo­ca­tion to de­velop two reli­gious schools, im­prove a com­mu­nity hall and road in­fra­struc­ture in Beau­fort.

Is­nin said the con­tri­bu­tions for projects in the district ex­ceeded his pro­posed bud­get.

“For the roads up­grad­ing project, we only asked for RM1 mil­lion, but deputy prime min­is­ter ap­proved RM2 mil­lion.

“Sev­eral roads at the vil­lages will be up­graded into as­phalt ac­cord­ing to ne­ces­sity,” he said, adding about 5,000 vil­lagers would ben­e­fit from the projects.

Is­nin also added that re­pair on the com­mu­nity hall at Kam­pung Kukut was timely as it was of­ten used as tem­po­rary re­lief cen­tre for the peo­ple dur­ing floods.

Other projects ap­proved in­clude the de­vel­op­ment and up­grad­ing of reli­gious schools in Kam­pung Lim­bawang and Kam­pung Salagon.

Kam­pung Bingkul mosque chair­man Ali Dad Fazal Elahi, 54, said they were ex­cited that Zahid vis­ited the vil­lage, which is the home­town of Musa.

“We are hon­oured the chief min­is­ter brought the deputy prime min­is­ter here and we hope they will visit us again in the fu­ture.”


Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi, Sabah Chief Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Musa Aman (cen­tre, blue cap) and Barisan Na­sional lead­ers with the peo­ple of Beau­fort yes­ter­day.


Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi pre­sent­ing con­tri­bu­tions to tah­fiz stu­dents in Kam­pung Bingkul, Beau­fort, yes­ter­day.

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