The Prime Minister said the three core thrusts in Sabah would be to ensure security, intensify basic infrastructural development and wellbeing of the people.
KOTA KINABALU: Aspects on security, development and welfare will be given priority by the federal and state government in developing
Sabah for the next five years, Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak said last night.
He said the Barisan Nasional (BN) government’s main thrust was to ensure security, sovereignty, and peace in Sabah following the incident in Lahad Datu early this year.
“Don’t we ever forget. We have to take proactive measures, enough soldiers and policemen, increase surveillance, determine the networking in important areas that can be developed with suitable technological equipment, also build new army camps, police stations to ensure people in areas exposed to risks feel safe. When they sleep, they can sleep soundly,” he added.
The prime minister was speaking at a programme, ‘Breaking of fast with the Prime Minister’, here last night.
Also present were his wife Rosmah Mansor, Sabah Chief Minister Musa Aman and his wife Faridah Tussin.
Najib said it was the responsibility of the BN government to build the army camp at Felda Sahabat as an important base in the Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCOM), apart from drawing up a model for restructuring of the coastal villages in the east coast of Sabah without causing inconvenience to the people.
The second thrust, he said, is that the government would intensify development of basic infrastructure in the urban and rural areas where the roads were very narrow and congested.
Najib said the third thrust encompassed the people’s welfare, not only in terms of physical development, but also on matters which involved the people’s interests.
“This is our commitment, and it is based on the 1Malaysia concept with strengthening relations between the ethnic groups being the most crucial to be preserved and strengthened.
“BN is a government which cares for the interests of all ethnic groups in Sabah,” he added.
22 seats to BN
Najib also said the BN government would continue to have more 1Malaysia products, like the 1Malaysia People’s Shop (KR1M), 1Malaysia Clinic and various others to ensure the concept was not a mere rhetoric and slogan, but able to benefit and enjoyed by all the people in the country.
Expressing his appreciation for the people of Sabah, Najib, who is BN chairman, said Sabah had made an excellent achievement and was among the states which gave huge contribution to the formation of the BN government at the federal level.
“From 25 parliamentary seats, Sabah contributes 22. This is not (a) small (number),” he added.
Meanwhile Musa, in his speech said that the various policies, programmes and initiatives introduced Najib had benefited the population from all strata of society.
He said it was evidence of the government’s sincerity and earnestness in wanting to provide the best for the people.
“The 13th general election is over and the people had made their decision.
In the context of Sabah, the majority has continued to express their support and confidence in the Barisan Nasional government under the prime minister’s leadership.
“We will double our efforts and work hard to live up to the mandate given to us and fulfill our pledges to the people who had stood by us,” he added.
Musa described Najib as a leader who was sensitive and committed to meeting the people’s hopes and aspirations also expressed his gratitude to the prime minister for appointing six Sabah leaders as federal ministers and four others as deputy ministers.