Kuching – Senior Sarawak Minister James Jemut Masing, in underlining the major differences between the peninsula and Borneo, sees Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak remaining in power based on support from Sabah and Sarawak. “He recognises the significance of Sabah and Sarawak as partners with Malaysia.”
“Najib will remain Prime Minister come 2018, when the next General Election is due, based on solid support from Sabah and Sarawak,” said Masing, who is Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) President and Sarawak Minister for Land Development.
His confidence in Najib, he stressed, also stemmed from the latter’s “concerns” for the two Borneo states since taking office. “Without him, we may not have a Malaysia,” he said. “Sabah and Sarawak cannot afford to ignore him. He understands us. He’s the one keeping the country in one piece.”
“Of all the Prime Ministers since 1963, Najib is the only one who really cares for Sabah and Sarawak’s well-being. He will win by a landslide in Sarawak in 2018.”
He conceded that Najib would be in a much stronger position if Umno remained united. “A house divided will be harder to defend. So, don’t divide it. Don’t wreck it.”
Masing made these comments in the wake of the latest attacks by former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Najib, citing his silence on various crucial issues, in an apparent bid to oust him from power.
However, pointing out further “evidence” of Najib’s concern for Sabah and Sarawak, Masing said that he recognised September 16 as Malaysia Day.
Masing also went on to make much of Najib’s reported visits to rural areas in Sabah and Sarawak. “Najib’s leadership remains undisputed by the BN Sarawak leadership because of the care that he has shown for voters,” reiterated Masing, also citing Najib’s release of RM27.2 billion for the 2,083 km Pan Borneo Highway.
Mahathir wants Najib to speak up on various issues
Mahathir, in his latest blog posting, had demanded that Najib answer various issues including the question of who directed his bodyguard, Sirul Azhar Umar, to kill Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu who has been linked with Malaysia’s purchase of two controversy-ridden submarines from France.
Mahathir also wants to know how Najib’s stepson has so much money to live lavishly overseas.
He also had questions regarding the RM42 billion in debts chalked up within five years by the Ministry of Finance-owned 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), touted as a strategic investment arm.