Sarawak would not be neglected. Abdullah says this would be evident in fair distribution of opportunities to all, particularly those in rural areas in efforts to improve their standard of living
If Sarawak is not neglected by the federal government then why for the last 45 years, Sarawak still lacking in all corner of development. Progress in Sarawak is extremely slow. Sabah fair no better either. I'll say there is unequality between West Malaysia and East Malaysia.
While Malaysia is moving toward a developed country by 2020, Sarawak and Sabah may only be on par with the rest of the states in West Malaysia by 3030.
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S’wak won’t be neglected
By Puvaneswary Devindran, Zora Chan, Raynore Mering, Samuel Aubrey, Vijaya Menon & Lim How Pim
Abdullah says this would be evident in fair distribution of opportunities to all, particularly those in rural areas in efforts to improve their standard of living
THE federal government will not neglect Sarawak.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi who voiced out this assurance, pledged to continue the development of rural areas in the state.
He said this would be evident in the fair distribution of opportunities so that all the people, particularly those in the rural areas, would be able to improve their standard of living.
“We will develop Sarawak alongside Peninsular Malaysia,” he said during the National Gawai Dayak 2008 Open House at Stadium Perpaduan in Kuching last night.
He hoped to foster closer federal-state government cooperation and enhance unity for the country to prosper.
As it is, the federal government had approved an additional allocation of RM1 billion for Sarawak’s infrastructure on top of the RM12.365 billion already approved under the Ninth Malaysia Plan (9MP).
Apart from that, the Education Ministry would spend RM3.9 billion on 24-hour water and electricity supplies to rural schools in the state and Sabah, he said.
Additionally, he said, the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) would emphasise job-generating projects.
Regarding last March 8 parliamentary election, he thanked Sarawakians for having supported the Barisan Nasional.
This, he said, gave the central government more drive to carry its responsibilities; hence, the big allocations for the state’s development.
On the National Gawai Dayak 2008 Open House, he noted Sarawak’s wealth of cultures and heritage ‘which made the state fascinating’ and enriched the nation as a whole.
He reminded the people that the country’s unity was based on the people’s respect and appreciation for one another.
“We want unity and a celebration like this initiates the efforts to preserve this (unity). Even though we differ in culture and looks, we have an understanding that we love our country,” he said.
The Head of State Tun Datuk Patinggi Mohd Salahuddin officially opened the celebration last night by performing a mock winnowing of padi.
Thousands of people including foreign media representatives attended the open house themed, ‘Unity through Culture and Tradition’.
The colourful event showcased cultural performances in traditional costumes of the various ethnic groups.
Although the Bidayuh performance was the main highlight of the celebration last night, the audience was also thrilled by the performances of the Penans, Bisayas and Lun Bawangs.
Abdullah, who was accompanied by his wife Datin Seri Jeanne Abdullah returned to Kuala Lumpur around 11 last night.
They were sent off by Taib and members of his cabinet as well as other dignitaries.