Sunday, 26 August 2012


Bandar Kuching MP’s sweeping statement on the Prime Minister’s transformation programmes has drawn brickbats from BN leaders.

Asajaya assemblyman Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said it was unfair for Chong Chieng Jen to criticise just for the sake of criticising.

He described Chong Chieng Jen’s politics as that of purely ‘langau politics’ since he could only see the negative side of politics and not its positive side.

“Chong must learn to appreciate and give credit when it is due and criticise when the need to criticise arises. It is not right to ‘hantam’ and criticise the government just for the sake of critising without realising what he is saying is not the truth but a mere sweeping statement not supported by facts and figures.

“It is unfortunate that he chooses to discredit the PM’s transformation programmes as mere public relations exercise,” Abdul Karim, who is Assistant Minister of Youth Development, said to The Borneo Post through an SMS yesterday.

Karim was asked to respond to Chong’s statement that the Prime Minister’s transformation programmes these past three years as nothing more than a public relations exercise.

At the press conference in Kuching on Thursday, Chong was quoted by the media as saying one of the most obvious failures was its effort to reduce crime index which is part of the National Key Result Areas (NKRA).

Reacting to this, Abdul Karim was puzzled as to how Chong could be ignorant of things happening around him.

“Chong must be so blind and ignorant of what is happening and he could not see the vast development all over the country.

“Instead, he could only see the negative side of this. His politics is purely ‘langau politics’, that is, he can only see the negative side of politics and not its positive side,” he said.

Tarat assemblyman Datuk Roland Sagah Wee Inn when contacted described Chong’s statement as a cheap publicity to leverage his political mileage.

“There is nothing there but cheap publicity. People know and are appreciative of the Prime Minister’s transformation programmes which have benefitted them,” said
Sagah, who is also the state Legislative assembly (DUN) deputy speaker.

Source: The Borneo Post


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