KOTA BELUD: Communications and Multimedia Minister Salleh Said Keruak today identified political stability as an important prerequisite for a nation to develop and remain competitive.
He said political stability would enable a country to remain peaceful and harmonious, and allow the ruling government to focus on planning and implementing various policies including agricultural development in the interests of the people.
“Some countries do not have many of the facilities that we have in ours because they do not have short- and long-term plans to address problems in the agricultural sector.
“But, Alhamdulillah (Praise be to God), in Malaysia, we plan everything well. We are able to do this because our economic position is strong.
“If the government does not have enough funds, if the government does not plan and manage its finances well, we will not have funds to help our people,” he said when handing over aid to 366 padi farmers who were affected by last year’s floods in Kota Belud.
He said Malaysians were fortunate that the country’s economy was well managed, adding that all indicators proved that the country’s economic management was on the right track.
He called on all levels of society to provide undivided support for all government efforts to allow for the continuation of the development agenda.
Salleh said it was not wrong to have differing political views in a democratic country like Malaysia, but all quarters should be united in helping the people and developing the country.
“No nation in the world will be able to develop its people if the country is not peaceful. The key factor is stability,” he said.