BETONG: It is a blatant lie to suit the agenda of an individual here, said Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas in reference to a recent social media accusation that he is a racist for announcing RM50 million for a longhouse repair and construction programme.
“Obviously, he is trying to create a wedge between myself and my non-Iban staunch supporters.
“This is dirty politics from someone who is eyeing my Bukit Saban constituency and he wants to promote himself politically,” he said here yesterday.
Uggah pointed out that it has been and will always be his policy to be fair to all races.
For instance, he said in Spaoh, a sum of RM49 million had been allocated for a new Malay village development.
On top of that, he pointed out that Spaoh was getting a new RM14 million sports complex, a new RM5 million market, a RM6.2 million waterfront beautification projects, and a new agriculture station costing RM3.5 million.
“All these are in active implementation. Then, there is going to be a new bridge costing RM30 million to replace the old single carriageway bridge besides the Bebuling Airport costing RM108 million,” he said, adding that all of these were in urban areas.
Uggah emphasised that these people’s projects were to benefit everyone and not just one particular community.
He said it was a dangerous game to spark racial antagonism or hostility.
“Only immature politicians would stoop that low. It will take many engineers, architects, and other experts to build a 100-storey building, but it will take one lighted match to destroy it,” he said.