Monday, October 29, 2012

Truly '1Malaysia' | Love is in the air & all around

Rais said religion instructs that “any debt has to be [repaid]

YAN, Oct 29 — Information, Communications and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim said the Barisan Nasional (BN) government loves the people and it is not wrong to return it to power.

He said it was because of this love for the people that the BN government always provided various kinds of aid and continuous contributions to the rakyat.

“If we are to list the party’s deeds, it’s too long... the opposition has to give political excuses merely to refute all the deeds and promises made by the BN government which have always been fulfilled.

“I’m grateful that the rakyat accepts every aid programme positively and rejects the talks from the opposition which only knows how to make promises,” he said when launching the “Himpunan Kasih Sayang Komuniti 1 Malaysia” (1 Malaysia Community’s Love Gathering) at the Kedah state level, here today.

Kedah Umno liaison chairman Datuk Paduka Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah and secretary-general of the Ministry of Information, Communications and Culture, Datuk Kamaruddin Siaraf and Jerai Umno division head, Datuk Shuhaimi Abdullah were among the almost 3,000 people who were present. Rais said the 2013 budget tabled by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak on September 28 clearly showed that the government gave priority to the welfare of the people and students.

“Religion teaches us to be good and sincere human beings with integrity. So, if we have any debt, it has to be paid. The government, however, has given much concession,” he said, describing as inappropriate the promise made by the opposition to write off the National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) loans if it were to win the 13th general election. He said that in the Jerai parliamentary constituency alone, 21,789 people had received the 1Malaysia People’s Aid (BR1M) totalling RM10,894,500 while the RM100 aid for students had benefitted 27,892 students involving alost RM2.8 million.

A total of 445 fishermen received the cost of living allowance of RM200 amounting to RM89,000 each month while 1,364 fishermen received the diesel subsidy, he added.

Rais later gave away five wheelchairs, five hampers, and a contribution of RM1,000 to three newly-wed couples comprising a Malay couple, a Chinese as well as an Indian couple.

Meanwhile in Guar Chempedak, near here, three newly-wed couples who were feted at the gathering described the celebration as a very happy occasion with the presence of the information, communications and culture minister together with almost 3,000 guests at the Guar Chempedak Multipurpose Hall.

The three couples did not expect that the small wedding reception they had planned earlier had become such an elaborate gathering with the presence of the various races.

Fadzilah Md Saad, 32, and husband Azizi Yusuf, 31, Joane Chong Khai Juen, 22, and Lim Cin Keak, 22, from Gurun and G. Punisha, 23, and husband M. Shankaran, 24, from Bedong were very happy when met at the reception.

The couples said they were shocked when they were told that their wedding reception would be sponsored. — Bernama | The Malaysian Insider

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