KUALA LUMPUR: Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin says he will ensure Sabah and Sarawak are given fair treatment, in line with the creation of the Sabah and Sarawak Affairs portfolio in the Perikatan Nasional Federal Cabinet.
Taking into account the wide developmental gap between Peninsular Malaysia and Sabah and Sarawak, the Prime Minister said much more work needed to be done to bring the two states up to par with the peninsula.
“Sabah and Sarawak must be given fair treatment. That is why I have a minister who manages Sabah and Sarawak affairs and MA63 (Malaysia Agreement 1963).
He said the Sabah and Sarawak Affairs portfolio was created as the two states were behind in terms of development and infrastructure.
“When I formed the Cabinet, I thought this was an important thing. That’s why I appointed minister (Datuk Seri Dr) Maximus Ongkili and deputy minister (Datuk Hanifah Hajar Taib), ” he said.
Saying he was committed to ensuring that the rights of Sabah and Sarawak as per MA63 were preserved, Muhyiddin added that as chairman of the Special Council on MA63, he had started special meetings with the chief ministers of Sabah and Sarawak to discuss the issue. — Bernama