Adenan reiterates pledge to get more federal development funds

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Adenan (second left) receives a souvenir from Len as (from left) Mawan and Dahim look on.

SARIKEI: Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Adenan Satem has repeated his pledge to fight for more funds to implement basic infrastructure such as road, electricity and water supply  in the state.

It was undeniable that the state lagged far behind in terms of road connectivity, electricity and water supply compared to the states in Peninsular Malaysia, he said at the divisional level Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebration at the civic center here yesterday afternoon.

“Apart from big towns n the state, not all the some 5,000 villages in the state are served by good roads whereas in the Peninsula, good roads have not only connected every state but almost all villages were accessible by tar-sealed roads. The same goes with electricity and water supply,” he stressed.

“I will fight for more fund from the federal government under the 11th Malaysia Plan. However, I need strong support from the people to strengthen our case,” he pointed out.

The Chief Minister called on the people to maintain the existing harmony despite their diverse background.

He regretted that in some places in the country, the people found it difficult to respect one another’s religion, culture or customs, hence they could not lead a harmonious daily life like people in the state.

He thus reiterated to Chinese community and non-Muslims in general that Hudud would not be implemented in the state for the sake of inter-religious harmony and  assured that the state government would not stop Christians from using the word `Allah’ in their prayers.

Earlier, Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Office, (Promotion of Technical Education) Datu Len Talif Salleh in his welcoming speech stressed on the importance of education.

Among those present were Adenan’s wife Puan Sri Jamillah Anu, Social Development Minister, Tan Sri William Mawan Ikom and Sarikei Resident, Dahim Nadot.