Shafie: Work to­gether to nar­row eco­nomic gap

New Straits Times - - NEWS / NATION -

KOTA KINABALU: Chief Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Ap­dal has urged the peo­ple to work to­gether to close the gap be­tween “West and East Malaysia”.

He said eco­nomic pros­per­ity and so­cial wel­fare be­tween the penin­sula and Sabah and Sarawak were still im­bal­anced.

“With the new Fed­eral Govern­ment, let’s cel­e­brate Malaysia Day this time as a start­ing point to re­new our com­mit­ment that we have agreed upon.

“What­ever is­sues arise, it must be re­viewed so that we can all sit equally low and stand equally high as a na­tion.”

Shafie was speak­ing at the na­tional-level Malaysia Day cel­e­bra­tions here yes­ter­day.

Present was Prime Min­is­ter Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad, his wife, Tun Dr Siti Has­mah Mohd Ali, and Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Wan Az­izah Wan Is­mail.

Also present were Yang di-Per­tua Negeri Tun Juhar Mahirud­din and his wife, Toh Puan Nor­l­i­dah R.M. Jasni.

Shafie said the state govern­ment was com­mit­ted to de­vel­op­ing knowl­edge­able, skil­ful and in­no­va­tive hu­man re­source.

“Since the new govern­ment took over, we have re­ceived many in­vest­ments from all over the world. This shows (in­vestors) are in­ter­ested in Sabah, es­pe­cially in strate­gic sec­tors.

“Sabah is not just a state, but a new govern­ment, and the peo­ple have high hopes that we play a big­ger role in build­ing sta­bil­ity in the econ­omy, politics and na­tion.”

He said Sabah needed a lot of funds to boost de­vel­op­ment.

“We hope with the new govern­ment, whether at the fed­eral or state level, that there will be more progress.

“The Sabah govern­ment will con­tinue to work closely with the Fed­eral Govern­ment to pro­tect the in­ter­ests of the peo­ple.”

Also present were Sarawak Deputy Chief Min­is­ter Datuk Amar Dou­glas Ug­gah Em­bas and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Mul­ti­me­dia Min­is­ter Gobind Singh Deo.

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