LUBOK ANTU, 6 April 2009: Voters in Batang Ai should use their wisdom to cast votes in the state seat by-election tomorrow, Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Dr Maximus Ongkili said.
He said the Barisan Nasional-led government had done much to ensure that the country’s development was enjoyed by everyone, including those in Sabah and Sarawak.
“If there is any ongoing or incomplete development project, we will see to it. Just don’t fall for the Opposition’s bait and don’t ever pawn the future by succumbing to the Opposition,” he told reporters after visiting Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Nanga Kesit here today.
Ongkili said victory was vital for BN in Batang Ai to gain proof of support for new Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
Hence, he said the voters in the constituency should give BN’s candidate Malcolm Mussen Lamoh a chance to continue the development planned by the government.
Ongkili said the Opposition only craved for power and was not really willing to help the people.
“Today, they are more interested in putting their leader at the top and they are not interested in solving public woes at the grassroots,” he said.
Tomorrow, 8,006 registered voters in Batang Ai will cast their votes to choose a new state assemblyperson.
This follows the demise of incumbent Datuk Dublin Unting Ingkot, who is also assistant minister in the Chief Minister’s Office, on 24 Feb.
Unting won the seat in the 2006 state election with a 806-vote majority. — Bernama