Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Mubarak S'wak



Chinese have all to lose without BN, Taib warns
February 16, 2011

KUCHING, Feb 16 — The Chinese community in Sarawak will need to reflect on its fate by having good representation in the Barisan Nasional (BN) government to ensure its communal requests are being heard, said Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud.

He said it was important for the Chinese, whose future in Malaysia was very good compared to other countries, to think now what they could do to make sure that the community remained united and for that quality to be nurtured by good internal leaders.

“That is why I told the Prime Minister (Datuk Seri Najib Razak) it’s very sad for me to think of the possibility of not having a good and well-thinking Chinese leadership in the BN government,” he said at the Federation of Kuching and Samarahan Divisions Chinese Associations’ 32nd anniversary dinner and Chinese New Year gathering, here last night.

Taib, who is state BN chairman, said he was not from a Chinese party and did not have the ability of the Chinese leaders themselves to “see direct to the hearts of the community.”

However, he said he cared for every race in Sarawak, including the Chinese, who contributed to the good performance in the state’s economy and development over the last nearly 30 years.

“You just think about what the Chinese have been able to achieve. You even have Chinese billionaires coming from Sarawak and if you think this not a good indication of a good economic policy, then you probably do not understand economic policies,” Taib said.

Although the Chinese were always part of the people of Sarawak and could preserve their culture, he said, they must discard their segregation, especially in a multi-racial society.

While they were entitled to be treated with the same kind of care like any other races, he conceded that the government could not afford to give in one hundred per cent to their requests at the expense of the others.

As chief minister, Taib said he needed to balance all the particular needs of every community, which was the reality of a multi-racial society like Malaysia.

It was all right for Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) president Tan Sri Dr George Chan, Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) deputy president Tan Sri Alfred Jabu, Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) president Datuk Seri Dr James Masing and Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) president Datuk Seri William Mawan to think of their own party but he needed to think very strongly of the interests of the Bumiputeras outside PBB even though he was PBB president, he said.

On the requests jointly submitted to him by the federation, Kuching Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industries as well as three Chinese middle schools and boards in a joint memorandum during a recent dialogue, Taib said a 2,000-ha site would be given to the United Association of Chinese School Boards of management as a means of financial aid from the state government.

The memorandum also requested the state government to release land imposed under Section 47 of the Sarawak Land Code after two years if it was no longer required for public purpose and a fair compensation to be offered to the land owners.

Another request was for the state government to fully refund affected land owners on land lease renewal fee paid before June 1 last year. — Bernama

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