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Tuesday May 18, 2010

Muhyiddin: Promises made during Sibu by-election to be fulfilled

PUTRAJAYA: The Barisan Nasional will keep all promises and commitments made during the Sibu by-election, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said.

“We will honour the commitments and promises made by the Prime Minister, me or Barisan leaders (in the by-election).

“In fact, we have fulfilled some of our commitments,” he said, adding that Barisan accepted the result although there was disappointment.

Barisan, he said, would study the reasons why the coalition failed to defend the parliamentary seat.

“Before this, we thought that the sentiment (in Sarawak) was different from that in the peninsula. But what we can see is the sentiment and needs (of the people) are no different.

“We will use a better approach (to win back the people). We will discuss with Barisan leaders from Sarawak,” he told reporters after chairing the Human Capital Cabinet Committee meeting at the Prime Minister’s Office here yesterday.

On the meeting, Muhyiddin said the committee had decided to set up a council led by Human Resources Minister Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam to oversee training, programmes and courses conducted by the ministry.

On another matter, Muhyiddin who is also Education Minister, said the ministry together with Higher Education Ministry, would ensure community colleges offered vocational training to students who were not academically inclined.

The SPM results last year showed 26,366 students as under-performing and the Government wanted to ensure they would also be given help to succeed.

On the request by certain quarters to teach Mathematics and Science in English, Muhyiddin said the ministry must be consistent in its policy to avoid creating more problems.

In Sibu, Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal also gave an assurance that promises made by the Barisan leaders would be fulfilled.

“We will get these projects done. They (the projects) are in the pipeline already,” he said.

Among other things, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had pledged to allocate RM18mil to more than a dozen schools in Sibu.

Muhyiddin also spoke about the flood woes in Sibu and how the problem would be resolved within the next five years using an estimated RM1bil.

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