KUCHING (April 17): Tanjung Manis incumbent Norah Rahman has finally broken her silence on the sensational Global Witness video and is unswayed by the use of the "unethical video" as a campaign tool against her.
"It is up to the people what they think. If the perception is (that it is) trying to show that we have not worked hard, we had worked extremely hard," said Norah.
Refraining from commenting too much about her sisters and the alleged land deals, the cousin of Sarawak chief minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud nevertheless remains hopeful of successfully defending her seat despite the allegations in the video.
"God is great, whoever is trying to be funny with us will be dealt with law. I think election is near, everybody is trying to make sure that BN falls by creating a lot of rumours and a lot of unethical video clippings by not showing the real scenarios. We leave it to God," she said.
"If you look at the video, there is a lot of ... As if the land is not worked on, as if people in the reverse, as if the government not looking after the people, which is not true."
When asked on the land deals and the allegation, Norah reiterated that what was shown in the video did not reflect the true picture.
"I don't understand why this thing is happening... I am not there, I cannot comment," she told reporters after receiving the BN letter of authorisation to defend her seat in GE13
Her sisters, Norlia and Fatimah, were covertly captured in the video selling 5,000 hectares of land owned by family members to a Global Witness journalist who posed as an investor.
When asked whether she had talked to her sisters and whether they will take any legal action, she said: "There are some discussions happening."
"I don't really get involved in their areas, because I just concentrate on looking at my areas," she added.
In the video, Fatimah said eldest sister Norlia was the one that looked after the Tanjung Manis constituency.
But Norah insisted that she had worked very hard looking after the constituents and that she had an additional budget to develop the area.
The Tanjung Manis constituency underwent re-delineation in the last general election. It covers the Belawai and Semop state constituencies comprising 19,267 registered voters.
Norah, the daughter of former chief minister Tun Abdul Rahman, was elected uncontested as Tanjung Manis MP in the last general elections in March 2008. She is also the executive chairman of Tanjung Manis Halal Hub Development.
PAS is fielding a young businesswoman, Jurina Mut, in Tanjung Manis for GE13.
Meanwhile, Sarawak BN chairman Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud today launched a supplementary state manifesto emphasising on the development of SCORE.
The five main points, in addition to the national manifesto, are good governance, transformation of the state economy, rural transformation, the people's prosperity and a sustainable environment.