Ensure 12MP closes gap between Sabah and peninsula, says PPBM

Sabah PPBM information chief Khairul Firdaus Akbar says the economic imbalance must be resolved if the state were to prosper with Peninsular Malaysia.

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah PPBM has urged the state government to ensure parity in development projects between Sabah and Peninsular Malaysia under the 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP).

Its information chief, Khairul Firdaus Akbar, said he understood the state government was drawing up proposals for development projects under the 12MP – covering 2021 to 2025 – which would be announced next year.

He said this would be an opportunity to close the development gap between the two territories.

In a statement today, Khairul said the “tremendous economic discrepancies and imbalance” between Sabah and Peninsular Malaysia should be resolved if the state wanted to prosper together with the peninsula.

“The objective of prospering together will not be successful if the economic development, poverty rate and unemployment are among issues still prevalent in a big state like Sabah,” he said.

Earlier, Sabah PPBM held its Zone 3 and Zone 4 information committee meeting at Papar.

Zone 3 includes Papar, Kimanis, Beaufort and Sipitang while Zone 4 consists of Tenom, Keningau, Pensiangan and Ranau.

Khairul said Sabah PPBM would mobilise initiatives to go to the ground, to listen and gather information from the people on important matters that should be considered for the 12MP.

He said the five-year plan should be formulated through the “bottom-up” approach to ensure that its proposals were of benefit to the people at all levels, especially those in the B40 group.

He said PPBM would then prepare a memorandum for consideration by the state government.