KOTA KINABALU: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has promised a greater push towards ending the social and economic disparities between peninsular Malaysia and Sabah and Sarawak, and for greater opportunities for people of all races.
In his speech at the first Malaysia Day national-level celebrations at Padang Merdeka here, Najib said he wanted these dreams fulfilled within the next few years.
He said these could be achieved without disrupting the existing social contract.
“My aim is to see Sabah and Sarawak to be fully on par with peninsular Malaysia. God willing, within the next few years, this will become a reality.
“The Government is giving priority assistance to those still very much in need of help because we realise that not all segments of society are at the same level now in terms of economic and social standing. This is due largely to the geographical divide,” he told 10,000 people who gathered for the historic occasion.
Najib said Sept 16 was an excellent occasion to put in place a greater vision to develop the whole country, adding that the people in Sabah and Sarawak had chosen rightly and wisely to form Malaysia, and vowed not to let extremism and fanaticism derail his plans.
Najib said the people must remember that Malaysia’s formation was fraught with challenges, adding that there had been past attempts by neighbouring countries to stop it.
In PETALING JAYA, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin urged Malaysians not take the country’s harmony and unity for granted but work towards preserving peace.
“I hope the Malaysia Day celebration will speed up the social and psychological integration between Malaysians of all races despite our geographical locations,” he said in his Malaysia Day message.
Source : The Star