SIBU: Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud made clear his support for the two incumbent Barisan Nasional MPs here by openly calling on the people to vote for the candidates.
Switching comfortably between local Malay, Iban and English, Taib called on the voters to support Datuk Robert Lau Hoi Chew and Datuk Tiong Thai King in the Sibu and Lanang seats respectively.
He made the request during the ground-breaking ceremony for the Seduan Public Housing Scheme in Rantau Panjang near here on Saturday.
Taib also launched the Barisan Nasional manifesto at the state level during the event witnessed by some 700 people.
Describing the opposition as naughty, he said the two candidates were hardworking and would bring more progress to the town.
Taib noted that timber tycoon Tiong, who is also Sibu Municipal Council chairman, had frequently used his own money when funds were not available for projects in his constituency.
He added that Lau, as a federal minister, would be able to bring in more projects that benefit the people.
The Opposition only knows how to complain and criticise but don't lift a finger to make the country better, said Taib.
He also reminded the people that the Government could not continue to subsidise fuel and food prices to the tune of RM40bil per year indefinitely.
It will be difficult for us to pay such a huge sum of subsidy as it will sacrifice our development efforts, he added.
The 14-acre PPR scheme featuring 500 four-storey apartments will be ready by 2010.
The 600sq ft apartments will be rented out at RM150 per month to deserving families.
The area is earmarked to be a shipbuilding hub with thousands of workers needed for the industry and ancillary activities.