‘Sabah has huge po­ten­tial for growth’

New Straits Times - - News -

SAN­DAKAN: The Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment chan­nels huge al­lo­ca­tions for Sabah’s de­vel­op­ment to en­sure that it will be on a par with other states.

Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak said he wished to see de­vel­op­ment in Sabah match other states by mak­ing fre­quent vis­its to the state.

Ad­mit­ting that Sabah is lagging be­hind, he said the state had to keep up, but this could not hap­pen overnight.

“We need to keep up be­cause I see Sabah’s huge po­ten­tial,” he said when launch­ing the Peo­ple’s Hous­ing Project (PPR) in Ta­man Batu Sapi here.

Present were Chief Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Musa Aman, Ur­ban Well­be­ing, Hous­ing and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Min­is­ter Tan Sri Noh Omar and Sekong as­sem­bly­man Datuk Sam­sud­din Yahya.

Na­jib said his visit to Sabah was not a mere trip, but to cham­pion the cause of the peo­ple.

“I am a prime min­is­ter who has vis­ited Sabah and Sarawak more of­ten than the for­mer leader who led the coun­try for 22 years,” he said, re­fer­ring to Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad.

“He came to Sabah, but who im­ple­mented Pan-Bor­neo?”

Na­jib is sched­uled to launch the Sip­i­tang Pan-Bor­neo High­way pack­age in Sun­du­min today.

He said the op­po­si­tion merely wanted to erode the peo­ple’s con­fi­dence in the gov­ern­ment, re­gard­less of whether the is­sues it raised were true.

“If you can­not con­vince the peo­ple, at least con­fuse them — this is the mantra of the op­po­si­tion. I know, be­cause I have spo­ken to them.

“Some say the coun­try is a failed state, but how can we be if we are able to im­ple­ment projects such as PPR?

“If we are a failed state, why would Saudi Ara­bia’s King Sal­man Ab­du­laziz Al-Saud visit and make a deal with Petronas? Do you think he is go­ing to waste his time with Malaysia?

“If we are a failed state, why was Malaysia cho­sen in his agenda to be the first coun­try to visit be­fore In­done­sia, Brunei, Ja­pan, China or Mal­dives?”

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