SIBU, May 2 — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak (picture) today reminded the Barisan Nasional (BN) machinery to regard the Sibu parliamentary seat by-election as a challenge that should be taken seriously.
He said in the spirit of solidarity in BN and in Sarawak, the BN machinery would run smoothly to ensure victory in retaining the seat.
“We may be facing a stiff contest, so we need to focus on our campaign efforts,” he said after attending a luncheon and presenting Pingat Jasa Malaysia (PJM) medals to 32 state veterans of the Armed Forces at the Rascom Camp, 9th Infantry Brigade, Jalan Ulu Koya, near here.
Also present were Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud, Defence Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Peter Chin, Army chief General Tan Sri Ismail Jamaluddin and BN candidate for the Sibu by-election, Robert Lau Hoi Yew.
Asked about BN’s chances of retaining the seat, Najib said BN would work hard towards that with the co-operation of all its component parties.
On his working visit and his walkabout in several areas here including Sungei Merah town, he said the local residents’ reaction was encouraging.
He said he was also happy with the development projects being carried out or in the process of being implemented like the flood-mitigation project in Kampung Nangka.
The prime minister said from the walkabouts, he also received feedback on the needs of the local communities.
Earlier, he said an allocation would be approved to repair and renovate the surau and religious school at the Rascom Camp.
Among the recipients of the PJM medal today was Temenggong Kanang Langkau, 67, from Sri Aman, the first person to receive the Seri Pahlawan Gagah Perkasa (SP) and Panglima Gagah Berani (PGB) medals for gallantry. — Bernama
Regard Sibu by-election as a challenge, says Najib