KUCHING: Attempts by the opposition to pit Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) leaders against each other are cheap tactics due to lack of political capital.
According to Datuk Hamzah Ibrahim, a political secretary to Senior Works Minister, this was exactly what Sarawak Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) leader Iswardy Morni did during a recent Livestream on his social media page.
“It seems that the individual is terrified of the strength and integrity of GPS and is willing to distort the facts to incite the people.
“The people have seen the close relationship between the Tan Sri Muhyiddin and Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg when the former visited Sarawak recently,” he said in a statement today.
Hamzah said, similarly, the attempt to pit Abang Johari and Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof against each other was very childish when in reality the two GPS and Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) leaders share a very close relationship.
“It is not wrong to give an opinion, but let it be done the right way. It is not wrong to reprimand but do it prudently and on solid grounds,” he advised.
On the Pan Borneo Highway project, Hamzah reminded the PKR leader that the project deviated from the original completion schedule due to the cancellation of the Project Delivery Partner (PDP) by the Pakatan Harapan (PH) federal government.
He said the project, which went smoothly during the Barisan Nasional (BN) era, recorded 43 percent progress for Sarawak and 28 percent in Sabah until February 2020.
“During the new 13-month period of the current Perikatan Nasional (PN) government, Sarawak’s Pan Borneo achievement is 62 percent and Sabah at 49 percent.
“Why didn’t he ask (former PH Works Minister) Baru Bian why the Pan Borneo project was delayed? While he is at it, why not ask Baru over why he cancelled the Batang Lupar, Batang Igan and Batang Rambungan bridge projects.”
Hamzah said politicians should instead focus on helping the people affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, instead of politicking all the time.