A light moment: Najib and Rosmah dining during the closing of Bakti’s sporting event in Johor Baru. With them are Muh yiddin and wife Puan Sri Noorainee Abdul Rahman (second from right), Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin (left) and his wife Datin Seri Rosni Omar (right). — Bernama
JOHOR BARU: A good and cordial relationship between the Federal Government and state governments are vital to ensure continuous development of the nation.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak singled out Iskandar Malaysia as the best example of how both the Federal Government and Johor state government have been closely working together for the benefits of both parties.
To date, he said Iskandar Malaysia had achieved RM131bil in cumulative committed investments since its inception on Nov 4, 2006.
“The Federal Government has spent RM8bil on infrastructure development in Iskandar and the money was well spent as Iskandar had attracted RM131bil,” Najib said in his speech to close the four-day sports event of the Association of Wives of Ministers and Deputy Ministers (Bakti).
Also present at the dinner were Bakti president Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Mentri Besar Datuk Mohamed Khaled Nordin.
Najib said of the RM131bil cumulative committed investments, 45% have been realised.
He said development and progress in Iskandar had created 554,000 job opportunities since 2006 and more job opportunities would be created as the economic growth corridor taking shape.
Separately Najib said wives of the Barisan Nasional representatives have roles to play in supporting their husbands to ensure that their husbands could do well in their duties as wakil rakyat.
“Wives are the pillars of their husbands’ wellbeing and if you (representatives) are happy, you will be happy working for the people,” he said.
Earlier in Nusajaya, the badminton team from the Association of Wives of Sabah Barisan Nasional elected representatives (Bakisa) emerged as champions for the fourth year running in a tournament here.
The event saw members of Bakisa going head to head against participants from Bakti, which was headed by Rosmah. Bakisa scored 3-2 over Bakti.
The winners were presented with trophies handed to them by Najib.