KUCHING: The Barisan Nasional (BN) government is committed to develop Sarawak, assured Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak yesterday.
The prime minister, who is also national BN chairman, agreed that the state needed more funds for basic infrastructure such as roads and treated water supply.
He assured that the state would be given a fair consideration in Budget 2014, but the amount of development funds depended on the country’s current economic strength.
He pointed out that his walkabouts to 43 locations in the state since becoming prime minister were an assurance that the state would receive its fair share of the economic pie.
Since 2009, Najib and his deputy Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had given an extra RM2 billion from the initial budget allocation.
“The government highly appreciates the contributions of PBB, the other state BN component parties, and all the people of Sarawak. No matter what the opposition or outsiders say, we cannot deny the fact that Sarawak is the most prosperous site for the Barisan Nasional.
“We may have lost a few seats in the urban areas but the resilience of PBB and other component parties in the rural areas cannot be questioned,” he said when officiating at the 13th PBB Convention at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) yesterday.
Despite the cultural and social lifestyle differences among the people of Sarawak and the peninsula, Najib noted that Sarawakians were very patriotic.
He said the state achieved its independence through Malaysia with certain agreements, understanding and authority, which was fully understood by the federal government. This led to the strong relations between the state and federal government.
Najib noted that the state had always backed its federal counterpart through thick and thin, and the delivery of 25 seats for the BN in the last general election was an impressive achievement, he added.
In return, he said, seven Sarawakians were appointed full ministers while four others as deputy ministers in the federal Cabinet, a record for the state.
“This is the difference between Barisan and the opposition, who only knows how to advocate hate campaigns. That’s all they have because they do not have the agenda and the capability to do what the BN government has done for the nation’s prosperity,” said Najib, adding that the opposition only knew how to make empty promises.
On another note, he pointed out that the people should not simply reject the government for the sake of change.
He asked the people to ponder whether changing the government or bringing changes to improve the nation was more important.
“What is more important? To change the government or to bring a real change for the people’s future that is more important? Improving the future and life quality of the nation is more important.” - theborneopost