IPOH, April 11 — Perak Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman Datuk Seri Zambry Abdul Kadir has poured scorn on the state Opposition’s manifesto today, saying it was “starved of ideas”.
Zambry, who is also caretaker mentri besar, said Perak Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) claim during its manifesto launch that the state is the second-poorest in the country has repeatedly been refuted by himself, economic experts and BN itself.
“It’s something repeated over and over again, even though we have answered and explained the issue. It’s like they have absolutely nothing else to present to the people of Perak,” he told a press conference at the state secretariat here.
“We have answered them with the latest statistics, but they don’t seem to care. What matters is how they can bait the people.”
Zambry also highlighted the Opposition’s pledge to table accounts and reports of state-linked Menteri Besar Incorporated at the state assembly, which has been the subject of heated debate in recent years.
He said he has consistently maintained his stand that the accounts do not need to be tabled in the assembly.
“A manifesto should present future plans, policies and what they can provide as an alternative. But they are starved of ideas,” he said.
Zambry also said BN was not overly concerned about PH’s move to attract votes from Federal Land Development Authority (Felda) settlers in Perak as the election draws closer, as the latter would be able to evaluate the policies implemented to help them, instead of being easily turned by short-term promises.
Zambry spoke to the press after meeting with village heads from Orang Asli settlements around Perak today to discuss issues pertinent to their community.
During the meeting, the representatives asked the state government to expedite the gazettement of Orang Asli settlement lands throughout Perak — something that Zambry has agreed to continue.
“We were the first state to gazette settlement lands, and we have already gazetted 13,563ha of land in the past three years,” he said.
Zambry said the state would continue the gazettement as part of its efforts to help the 60,000-strong Orang Asli community in Perak.