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Saturday, January 29, 2011

‘Father’ crab not walking straight

Billionaire Sarawak Chief Minister Taib Mahmud denounces the 'crab culture' among Malays – to the amusement of PKR.

KUCHING: Chief Minister Taib Mahmud is whistling a different tune lately and it is puzzling the opposition.

Earlier this week, he boldly declared to Sarawakians that there were “equal opportunities for all”; now, the “I have more money than I can spend” billionaire is asking his people to “walk straight” and not be a “crab”.

A bemused Sarawak PKR has likened Taib’s latest comments to a “father crab” trying to teach its offspring to walk straight when he himself is walking sideways.

“How can you tell people to walk straight when you are not doing it yourself?

“You tell people not to take away people’s land, don’t abuse power and not to be corrupted, but you are doing it all yourself,” said Abang Zulkifli Abang Engkeh, Sarawak PKR’s secretary.

He was referring to Taib’s recent condemnation of the “crab culture” prevalent among the Malays.

Taib said that Sarawak rejected the culture of pulling successful people or governments down.

Instead, the state under his administration advocated social and political discipline to progress into a higher income economy and beyond.

“In PBB (Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu), for as long as I am leading the party, I forbid the ‘crab culture’ of politicking although competition is acceptable because political discipline is also part of the needed social discipline,” Taib told community leaders in Limbang.

Taking a swipe at the opposition, he said these parties “had such a mindset.. they are always trying to pull the government down by harping on the shortcomings.”

‘Crab culture

Opposition parties, he said, constantly ignored the “development and benefits” the state government brought to the masses.

Responding to Taib’s comments, Zulkilfi said that the “crabs teaching their offspring to walk straight” is far worse than the “crab culture”.

“In BN, there are many ‘father’ crabs which ask their followers to walk straight,” he said.

On the so-called crab culture, Zulkifli said that the crabs too wanted to go out to see the outside world.

“Perhaps these ‘crabs’ are fed up with the State BN politics and wish to join the opposition,” he said.

According to Zulkifli, Sarawak PKR’s biggest obstacle in its political campaigns is the police who refused to give them permits.

“We cannot organise a big function to spread our policies as the police refuse to give us a permit, citing security reasons.

“Nor do we have RTM1, RTM2 and TV3 where we can explain our policies to the people.

“Since we have no avenues, we therefore have to resort to ‘mouth-to-mouth’ communication and small gatherings to make known our policies,” he said.

He pointed out that the party had resorted to CDs and flyers to reach the rural areas and villages.

“This is our biggest problem,” he added. - FMT

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