Tan Sri Taib Mahmud, Sarawak Chief Minister.

SIBU: Bumiputera will still strongly support the Barisan Nasional in the next state election which must be held before May next year, Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud said today.

The result of the May 16 Sibu by-election showed that the community’s support for the BN had increased, he said when launching the “Sejiwa Senada Government With The People” programme at SK Perbandaran 3 here.

The programme, highlighting the role and function of government departments and agencies, is the first of a series to be held statewide this year.

Its basic aim is to improve the government administration delivery system in line with Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak’s Government Transformation Programme.

Taib said he was confident the Bumiputera would continue to support the government because they believed in organised efforts and good clear policies in struggling for their betterment.

“The Bumiputera are humble. They know they are poor and in difficulty. So they place high hopes on the government to help them out.”

He said that in the by-election, although there were people from outside trying to undermine their confidence in the government, the Malays, Ibans, Melanaus and others had been “humble enough to recognise that they still depend on a working government for their fate”.

DAP state chairman Wong Ho Leng defeated SUPP Robert Lau Hui Yew with a majority of 398 votes to win the Sibu seat which has 54,695 registered voters, ,about 67% of whom are Chinese.

– Bernama