RANAU: Datuk Seri Naijib Tun Razak said he can now sleep well knowing that the people in Sabah are still firmly behind Barisan Nasional (BN).
“I am proud to see in these two days that Sabah is very convincing. Tonight I can sleep well,” he said in his speech here yesterday where he concluded a two-day whirlwind campaign swing through interior Sabah for the May 5 general election.
Indeed, BN appeared to be the choice of the voters here if the positive response to the Prime Minister’s visit was anything to go by in gauging the support for the coalition.
Najib, who on Tuesday visited Kuala Penyu, Bongawan and Kota Kinabalu before proceeding yesterday to Tenom, Keningau and here, said the display of solid support from the local communities who showed up in huge numbers at every place he visited had ultimately disproved claims by the opposition parties that they had the stronger support of the voters.
“The opposition said they will capture Sabah. I know that in elections everyone will try to show that they can win but if it’s true Sabah may fall to the opposition, there must be some signs,” he said.
“Maybe not many will show up when I come to visit, not many will be interested to shake hands with me, and if we shout our slogan Tatap BN the people will not shout it with us.
“But on the contrary, people have been showing up in great numbers since I came, people were so eager to greet and shake hands with me that some almost didn’t want to let go of my hand. When we say Tatap BN, people responded in high spirits, showing to us that BN is still strong in Sabah,” he said.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman, in his welcoming remarks at the event, expressed the same confidence, saying the electorates in Sabah had continued to support BN due its people-oriented approach in planning and implementing development programmes and various schemes to help ease the burden of the people.
He stressed the BN’s manifesto and Aku Janji were inclusive and complete, covering all aspects and every group of the society, including those in Sabah and even specifically Ranau.
Musa said the people of Sabah also appreciated the sincerity, sensitivity and commitment of the BN leadership towards Sabah, in particular the Prime Minister who had always tirelessly visited the state to meet and listen to its people.
“The Prime Minister does not know the meaning of being tired; he just wants to meet as many Sabahans as he can. Even though he is busy with party duties, especially now the election is near, he never forgot the people in Sabah.
“That is why the people of Sabah is grateful to him and everywhere he goes thousands and thousands of people come to greet him,” he said.
At the event Najib also announced that a special Aku Janji will be added for Ranau, under which BN pledges to build a 82km alternative road connecting the district and Kota Kinabalu as an addition to the existing Ranau-Tamparuli road.