Monday, May 17, 2010

RM5mil for BN win: Najib rethinks 'deal'

Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak said he has yet to decide on a RM5 million allocation for flood mitigation projects in Rejang Park that he had offered Sibu voters Saturday night.

NONE"We will see first, because we have not made any decision on that,” he told a press conference at the Official Monetary and Finance Institutions Forum today.

On Saturday, Najib (right), who is also BN chairperson, announced in Sibu's Rajang Park that he would sign a cheque for flood mitigation projects in the area, provided Sibu voters “deliver” him BN candidate Robert Lau in the following day's polling.

"Let's make a deal. If you deliver me Robert Lau Jr on Sunday, I will sign the cheque on Monday," he had said.

Lau lost to DAP's Wong Ho Leng with a slim 398 majority.

When asked if he thought Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud could be one of the reasons for the BN's loss, Najib said he "wouldn't want to speculate" on the matter.

siby by-election nomination day 080510 taib muhyiddin robert lauAnalaysts had said many were aware of the unhappiness of Chinese voters in Sibu with their state chief minister.

Among the indications of this, they pointed out, was the sparseness of his posters in the urban areas during the campaign period.

Known as 'Pek Moh' (White Hair) by the locals, Taib (above, far left) has been the subject of much grumbling and frustrations over failures to tackle flood woes, poor economic management and the perceived consentration of wealth among a tiny elite.

'All commitments will be fulfilled'

Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister and deputy BN chairperson Muhyiddin Yassin said the government would fulfill all the commitments it made during the by-election campaign.

He stopped short, however, of commenting on whether the government will provide the funds for flood mitigation.

"Whatever we announced will be fulfilled. We will continue with our commitments.

"The (Sibu) by-election is not an ending note," he told told a brief press conference in Putrajaya.

source: http://malaysiakini.com/news/131998

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