Sabah CM: Let us re­new our com­mit­ment as one na­tion

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KOTA KINABALU: The Chief Min­is­ter has called for a re­newal of com­mit­ment agreed to pre­vi­ously by Sabah, Sarawak and Penin­sula Malaysia with the cel­e­bra­tion of the first Malaysia Day un­der the new gov­ern­ment.

Liken­ing the gap­ing dif­fer­ence be­tween them to the South China Sea, Datuk Seri Shafie Ap­dal said eco­nomic progress and so­cial wel­fare were still im­bal­anced.

“With the new fed­eral gov­ern­ment, let the Malaysia Day cel­e­bra­tion this time be a start­ing point for us to re­new the com­mit­ment that we have agreed on to­gether.

“Any is­sues that come up have to be re­viewed so that all of us can stand equally as a na­tion,” he said dur­ing the Malaysia Day cel­e­bra­tion at Padang Merdeka here last night.

It is un­der­stood that Shafie was al­lud­ing to the Malaysia Agree­ment 1963 (MA63).

De­ci­sions, he said, were made based on co­op­er­a­tion.

“That is why we must re­tain this spirit and hold fast to the spirit that all mat­ters can be achieved via ne­go­ti­a­tions,” he added.

Shafie, who also asked for more funds and al­lo­ca­tions for Sabah’s de­vel­op­ment, said th­ese were needed to re­alise the peo­ple’s mount­ing hopes for a bet­ter econ­omy, as well as the po­lit­i­cal sta­bil­ity and wel­fare of Malaysia.

He also cred­ited Prime Min­is­ter Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad for his ef­forts and ini­tia­tives in bring­ing de­vel­op­ment to all states, in­clud­ing Sabah.

“We hope that un­der the new gov­ern­ment – whether at the fed­eral or state level – more de­vel­op­ment and progress can be brought to Sabah,” he said.

Since Parti Warisan Sabah and its al­lies took over the state gov­ern­ment, Shafie said, the state had gained in­vestors from all over the world.

“They have shown in­ter­est in in­vest­ing in Sabah, es­pe­cially in strate­gic sec­tors,” he added.

Saba­hans, he said, were for­tu­nate be­cause the state had ev­ery­thing it needed to emerge as an eco­nomic power with its vast nat­u­ral re­sources and rich­ness of cul­tures as well as tra­di­tions.

“Sabah is also com­mit­ted to progress and prepar­ing a hu­man re­source that is knowl­edge­able, highly skilled and in­no­va­tive.

“If all th­ese plans run smoothly, Sabah will not only be a fast grow­ing state, but it will also see no seg­ment of its peo­ple left be­hind,” Shafie said.

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