Sarawak deputy chief minister Tan Sri Alfred Jabu Numpang now a fortune teller. He predicted the political turmoil in the peninsula could creep into Sarawak if Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) wins the Batang Ai by-election.

He said recent incidents in West Malaysia involving PKR and its Pakatan Rakyat partners were evident that the opposition was disrespectful of culture, customs and even the royal institution, according to Borneo Post.

“Batang Ai must be retained as a BN fortress. Do not give way for them to win here,” Jabu said.

Without specifically mentioned which local customs he referred to Jabu said in Sarawak there were incidents where PR showed disrespect for the culture and customs of locals.

“Pakatan leaders, many of whom are from the peninsula, did not even know the customs when visiting a longhouse or when critising BN leaders”.

“We, Ibans, hold strongly to our customs but sadly the opposition do not respect them,” he said.

Getting personal

Unlike Barisan Nasional, according to Jabu, Pakatan did not enjoy the kind of consensus found in BN.

“In Sri Aman, the former MP Jimmy Donald who now heads PKR there is telling everybody how good PKR is. Yet, his son (Leon) is the head of the DAP (Democratic Action Party) branch in Sri Aman.

“So, this shows that even in a family, they are not together in one party,” he said.

As such, he urged the people not to be hoodwinked by the invitation to support or vote for PKR in the by-election.

“We should vote for more development by BN in Batang Ai. The late (Batang Ai assemblyman) Datuk Dublin Unting had a good working relationship with Lubok Antu MP William Nyalau Badak.

“Because of the good relationship (in the past two years), many development projects were planned for Batang Ai. Let’s keep this relationship intact,” he said, adding that the projects included a new district office building, a police headquarters and a CIQ complex.