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By Adrian Lim
KUCHING, March 1: Selangau MP Baru Bian has reiterated his support for interim prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to lead the country due to his efforts to develop Sarawak.
Baru noted that under Dr Mahathir’s leadership, Sarawak has received one of the biggest allocations under Budget 2020.
Baru who is former Works Minister shared that he has been given many tasks to develop Sarawak.
“Working under his (Tun Dr M) cabinet for the past 21 months as the Works Minister, I was able to achieve many tasks intended for a better Sarawak.
“His Shared Prosperity Vision was taking shape under his leadership, and I had his support to initiate several key projects for Sarawak after 50 years.
“This included the Sarawak Sabah Link Road, the TransBorneo Highway, dilapidated schools, hospital repairs and so on.
“Not forgetting the savings from the Pan Borneo cancellation of Project Delivery Partner (PDP) of RM2.86 billion, which will be put to good use for Sarawak.
“Under YAB Tun (Dr Mahathir’s) Budget 2020, one of the biggest allocation was accorded to Sarawak.
“It is with this that a few of my colleagues and I have pledged our support for YAB Tun (Dr Mahathir) to continue leading the country as a full term Prime Minister.
“Unfortunately, this led to the unceremonious sacking of my colleagues from our party on 26th February 2020,” he revealed in a statement today.
Baru explained that despite being sacked from Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), he remains committed to supporting Dr Mahathir.
He also gathered that Dr Mahathir was not keen to uphold the premiership task and thus, explained that he and a few former PKR members from Sarawak had to take a stand to support Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia’s (Bersatu) president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, to be the candidate for prime minister.
Baru pointed out that when Dr Mahathir yesterday issued a statement to stand as a prospective candidate for the prime minister post in the second time, he then pledged his support for Dr Mahathir.
“I would like to reiterate that I am very committed to ensuring that our beloved Sarawak will continue to realise its rights and no longer be denied the development and prosperity it deserves,” he said. — DayakDaily