In the heat the many goodies offered as the precursor of the upcoming Sarawak State Election (PRN), Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem offered the purist gift as a gesture of brotherly love in the name of fostering better relations between the people of Sarawak and Semenanjung.
Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak was offered a Dayak consort. Since Prime Minister Najib is a Muslim which provided for polygamous marriages, she is eligible to be his wife.
Maybe Adenan said it jokingly, but it is a recognition and endorsement that Prime Minister Najib did a lot for the betterment of Sarawak and its people. For instance, the toll free Pan Borneo Super Highway.
Out of public knowledge, Yayasan 1MDB funded 60 over CSR programs and projects, mostly in the interior of Sarawak to greatly improve the quality of life for the pockets of communities projects like electrification, water salienation and education.
Prime Minister Najib did make rigorous efforts to be closer to Sabah and Sarawak, since assuming the Prime Minister position on 3 April 2009. This had gone appreciated by Sabahans and Sarawakians, who see Prime Minister Najib as trying to catch up on what lacklustre left by the previous BN leadership.
The Malay Mail story:
Najib trumps Dr M in number of visits to Sarawak, Adenan says
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BY SULOK TAWIE
The Malay Mail Online
12 March 2016
Najib trumps Dr M in number of visits to Sarawak, Adenan saysView photos
Chief Minister of Sarawak, Tan Sri Adenan Satem speaks at the International Anti-Corruption Conference in Putrajaya September 3, 2015. ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa
KUCHING, March 12 — Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem hit out today at Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad for allegedly failing to do enough for his state in the 22 years he served as prime minister.
The first-term chief minister qualified this with the number of visits Dr Mahathir made to Sarawak during his rule, which he claimed could be counted with the fingers on both hands.
“For 22 years he was the prime minister, how many times did he visit us?” Adenan asked at the three-day Malaysia Inklusif Negara Digital (Minda) programme launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak at the Kuching Waterfront here.
“This shows that he did not care much for Sarawak,” he claimed.
Unlike Dr Mahathir, Adenan said, Najib has visited Sarawak 47 times since he became prime minister in 2009.
He said this even surpasses the sum of all visits made by the country’s previous prime ministers.
“Why? Because he (Najib) loves Sarawak. When he visits, it is not empty-handed. He gives millions of funds for the state,” he said.
Adenan added, however, that Najib’s frequent trips to Sarawak had nothing to do with coming state election.
The Sarawak leader said the biggest project that Najib has approved is the construction of the over 1,000km-long RM17 billion Pan Borneo Highway, which is expected to be fully completed by 2023.
He said the prime minister has also approved the long overdue construction of bridges crossing some of Sarawak’s rivers that were proposed decades ago.
He noted that although Malaysia is facing an economic slowdown due to the sharp drop in the crude oil prices, the federal government has still allocated a large development fund for Sarawak.
Sarawak, Adenan added, needs federal funds because it is lagging far behind Peninsular Malaysia.
“There about 5,000 villages scattered throughout the state that need to be connected by roads and Internet to outside world,” he said.
For the record, since April 2009 Prime Minister Najib visited Sarawak 47 times. This more than double in 22 years Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad as the Fourth Prime Minister.
Prime Minister Najib has been consistently providing more allocations and personally oversee the development of many infrastructure, economic and social development and even social projects in Sabah and Sarawak, in his very frequent visits to the ground in both states.
In the ongoing visit, Prime Minister Najib just announced a RM1 million grant for the new Anglican Chapel near Kuching.
Adenan suggestion isn’t bad at all. Sarawak Dayaks are equally beautiful, talented and with many world class skills. A perfect example is Miss World 2014 representative for Malaysia Dewi Liana Seriestha. This drop dead unsurpassed beauty is a performance artist.
In the olden days, leaders of a nation would offer a talented princess as bride to another as the gesture of the good relationship fostered between the two nations and her people and the common expectation for the future.
It should be regarded as a proud brotherly-love offering by Malaysians, to the Malaysian leader.