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Tuesday October 22, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Tuesday October 22, 2013 MYT 6:57:44 AM
KUCHING: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak says the Federal Government and peninsular Malaysians will always support Sarawak because of its loyalty to the federation.
The Prime Minister said although Sarawakians had their sentiments and seemed parochial, it did not mean that they were disloyal.
He said Sarawakians had delivered 25 out of 31 parliamentary seats to the Barisan Nasional in the last general election which he described as “pretty good”.
“Yes, we see differences in their clothes but in their hearts, Sarawakians are together with peninsular Malaysians,” Najib said at the Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) 13th general assembly at the Borneo Convention Centre here yesterday.
He pledged the support of the Federal Government to reciprocate the pledge made by Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud.
“When there is a close relationship between the Federal and state governments, between the chief minister and the prime minister, and between the ministers, development is guaranteed both in the urban and rural areas.
“At one longhouse I went to during my walkabout in Sarawak, I saw cars parked along the roads for about two kilometres. The longhouse was also built with modern material and complete with modern amenities.
“This proved that there has been vast improvements in the quality of life of the rural people under the Barisan leadership, because we are committed to developing Sarawak’s rural as well as urban areas,” said Najib.
He took a swipe at the Opposition which he claimed could only smear the BN government without any development agenda of their own.
He advised PBB and other Barisan component party leaders in the state to manage themselves and internal issues well to prevent disunity.
“If we manage our party well and put its interest above personal interests, the party will succeed. When we can manage them well, people will respect us more. A strong party is a united party,” he stressed.
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