PM: I will not budge from my prin­ci­ples

Crit­i­cisms won’t sway me from en­sur­ing devel­op­ment is for all, says Na­jib

The Star Malaysia - - Nation - By CHONG KAH YUAN kyuan@thes­tar.com.my

LANGKAWI: Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Tun Razak said he will not al­low crit­i­cisms to steer him away from ef­forts to cre­ate a more eq­ui­table so­ci­ety.

He said the Gov­ern­ment wanted to en­sure that devel­op­ment was not only in ur­ban ar­eas, but that ev­ery part of the com­mu­nity would reap the ben­e­fits from a bal­anced pol­icy.

“We do not want to ben­e­fit only tourists when we de­clare Langkawi as a duty-free land.

“When we carry out devel­op­ment, we have to make sure that it is im­ple­mented fairly.

“I am very happy that the sub­ma­rine elec­tri­cal ca­bles at Tuba Is­land have been in­stalled as I have promised.

“We want to en­sure that the peo­ple of the is­land will not be side­lined,” he said when of­fi­ci­at­ing the RM46mil ru­ral elec­tri­fi­ca­tion project for Tuba Is­land, lo­cated off Langkawi is­land, yes­ter­day.

The project, an­nounced by Na­jib dur­ing his first visit to the is­land in Oc­to­ber 2012, was to en­sure smoother elec­tri­cal sup­ply that would ad­dress the fre­quent dis­rup­tion there.

Tuba Is­land has a pop­u­la­tion of 5,000.

He also an­nounced an al­lo­ca­tion of RM800,000 to re­pair houses for the poor and an­other ini­tia­tive, un­der Bud­get 2018, to build a mini sta­dium on the is­land.

Na­jib said projects ap­proved un­der Te­naga Na­sional Bhd would in­volve the com­ple­tion of a RM690,000 Tan­jung Pan­dan jetty in May, wiring works for 30 un­der­priv­i­leged homes at a cost of RM60,000, and in­stal­la­tion of 38 LED street lights at vil­lages.

He said there were crit­i­cisms that cash as­sis­tance to the peo­ple were dedak (chicken feed) or bribe, cit­ing the RM300 as­sis­tance given to fish­er­men.

“What is wrong with giv­ing out as­sis­tance to the fish­er­men?

“The Gov­ern­ment strives for the wel­fare of the peo­ple.

“When we col­lect GST, we use a por­tion of it to help the peo­ple. This is not bribe.

“This is what I hold onto as prime min­is­ter. They can say what­ever they want, but I will not budge from my prin­ci­ples.

“The Gov­ern­ment un­der my lead­er­ship will help not only those in Tuba Is­land, but also Langkawi and Kedah as a whole,” added Na­jib.

Langkawi MP Datuk Nawawi Ah­mad re­quested for recre­ational space for res­i­dents, such as a mini sta­dium, and an al­lo­ca­tion to re­pair homes for the peo­ple.

Kedah Men­tri Be­sar Datuk Seri Ah­mad Bashah Md Ha­ni­pah urged the peo­ple to think twice about change and promises of­fered by “a new po­lit­i­cal party”, say­ing that the Gov­ern­ment un­der Barisan Na­sional had brought nu­mer­ous changes to the state.

— Ber­nama

Waves on the sea: Na­jib (seated, in blue cap) with other VIPs say­ing hello to cam­era­men af­ter launch­ing the ru­ral elec­tri­fi­ca­tion project for Tuba Is­land.

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