KUCHING (May 17): The federal government has been asked to continue paying specific attention to development in Sarawak, especially in the areas of economy and infrastructure, said Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud.
In his address at the opening of the 19th State Legislative Assembly (DUN) Sitting here today, the Head of State said he is confident that the socio-economic development of Sarawak will be able to developed to be on par with the development in Peninsular Malaysia.
“I believe Sarawak will not be left behind in the development process in line with the spirit of the Keluarga Malaysia, which values the prosperity of the state and the well-being of the people of Sarawak.
“I am confident that the Sarawak leadership will always strive to maintain a good relationship with the federal government. I would like to express my appreciation and thanks to the federal government for the assistance and support given to the Sarawak government,” he said.
Taib also said that he is glad that the amendment to the Constitution Bill relating to Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) was approved by the Dewan Rakyat in December 2021.
He said this further strengthened Sarawak’s position in the Federation of Malaysia and proved that the spirit of unity in Keluarga Malaysia has been established.
On another note, he hoped that the federal government will work closely with the Sarawak government to strengthen the border security.
“I also urge the federal government to intensify our cross -border monitoring and enforcement mechanisms.
“This will ensure that our public safety and border security will not be threatened in our efforts to make Sarawak a developed state,” he said.
Taib noted that Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) has demonstrated and adopted a mature political climate and placed state’s harmony and stability as the main agenda.
“Although the 12th State Election was held during a difficult period due to the Covid-19 pandemic, our people have managed to fulfill their responsibilities.
“I believe our people have made the right choice because they chose a strong government and also always put the interests of the people in every action,” he said.
Taib said he is grateful and proud that the people of this state have remained united and calm in the face of the pressures of the Covid-19 pandemic and the uncertainty of the world economy.
“This is the strength we have and must defend. The trust of the people of Sarawak in the programmes and efforts of the federal and Sarawak governments in tackling the pandemic is very significant and prepares our state to move into the endemic phase,” he added.
Taib called on the people, especially the younger generation to continue to maintain an atmosphere of harmony and tolerance.
“Peace and unity are the most meaningful heritage gifts from us to future generations,” he said.