KOTA BELUD: Sabah and Sarawak each has certain powers of autonomy, Communications and Multimedia Minister Salleh Said Keruak stressed.
He said the views and voices of the leaders from both states were always heard at the federal level.
This was evident when more leaders from both states were appointed to hold important positions in the federal cabinet, the former Sabah chief minister said.
Salleh said the federal government had never failed to bring development to Sabah and Sarawak since the formation of Malaysia on Sept 16, 1963.
He said Sabah and Sarawak had the same privileges as enjoyed by other states in Peninsular Malaysia.
“This is because the country’s top leaders always recognised the position of Sabah and Sarawak which participated in the formation of Malaysia,” he said at the Semarak Merdeka and Kadamaian state constituency community leader programme at Kampung Tambulion Laut here today.
Salleh, who is also Usukan state assemblyman, said the people should realise that many successes had been achieved under the administration of the federal government with the cooperation of the state governments of Sabah and Sarawak.
He said the consensus between past and present leaders had succeeded in propelling Malaysia to become a developed and peaceful country.
At the function, Salleh also presented a donation of RM518,000 to the village security and development committees throughout the constituency.
He also approved an allocation of RM100,000 to repair the Kampung Tambulion Laut multipurpose hall.