KUCHING, Aug 7, 2015:

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi warned of individuals or groups with disruptive elements who want to sever the good relationship between Kuala Lumpur and Kuching.

Speaking at State People’s Volunteer Corps (Rela) Hari Raya gathering at the state indoor stadium, Zahid said there were elements who were trying to carry out a divide-and-rule strategy in the state.

“There are some groups who want to create disharmony between Kuching and Kuala Lumpur, but I believe with the current state leadership, we can work together to thwart this threat,” said Zahid, who is also the Home Minister, to the more than 7,000-strong crowd who are mostly Rela members.

Zahid did not elaborate further on the divisive groups but he told the state Rela members that they were the frontliners for this threat.

“I believe most of you are from the rural areas, and you must be the eyes and ears to counter this threat in ensuring the good relationship between Kuching and Kuala Lumpur is safeguarded.

“I would not think twice in bringing the might of the Home Ministry to stop all this once and for all,” Zahid added.

Meanwhile, Zahid who was appointed as the Deputy Prime Minister less than 10 days ago, also pledged that he would visit the rural areas in the state.

“I was told that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has visited most of the rural areas here. I promise I will do the same. As someone who has tasted rural hardship growing up in Bagan Datoh, I understand the shortcomings and I promise to bring development to these needy areas,” said Zahid.

The gathering was also attended by Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem and other state and Sarawak federal ministers.

Adenan, in his speech, reminded Zahid that rural development was much needed in the state.

“To say we totally do not have water supply or roads in the rural area is a lie. We do have them, but it is not enough and more needs to be done.

“We even have dilapidated schools deep in the interior,” said Adenan.

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