KUCHING: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has pledged to boost Sarawak’s development with equitable allocation of funds so that the state is not left behind.
“We must ensure that development in Sarawak is on par with peninsular Malaysia. It will take time and large amounts of expenditure.
“But when we have additional revenue we will distribute it fairly. Less developed regions and rural areas should get more allocations,” he said at the Gawai Dayak open house at the Dayak Bidayuh National Association headquarters here on Wednesday night.
Najib said he would continue to help Sarawak succeed in Malaysia, including fulfiling his promise to construct and upgrade the Pan Borneo Highway to dual carriageway.
Describing it as a project close to the hearts of Sarawakians, he said he had given instruction for the agreement on the upgrading to be speeded up so that work could start as soon as possible.
Najib also said he was touched by the warm welcome and support he received in Sarawak.
In particular, he thanked Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem for his “very frank and strong show of support without any reservations”.
“He has committed support through thick and thin, not only when things are fine. I know I am not alone, I have full support from the people and leaders of Sarawak,” he added.
Earlier, Adenan said the Prime Minister was not alone as Sarawak was behind him “come hell or high water”, unlike others elsewhere.
He said Najib had done more for Sarawak than the previous prime ministers put together and the Pan Borneo Highway would be his legacy to the state.
“We in Sarawak know how to be grateful and to appreciate people’s service to us,” he said.
Adenan also called on Najib not to resign and to stick to his job. However, he added that the Prime Minister should solve the 1Malaysia Development Bhd issue quickly.